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Below are all of the SHAW lab’s active research programs, if you would like to participate in any of these research studies please follow the appropriate link.

Evaluating the impact of Neighbour Day on the community: Neighbour Day is an annual event hosted by Relationship Australia National to encourage neighbourhood social connections. The aim of the current project is to explore the impact of Neighbour Day 2018 on hosts, attendees and their community.

If you are over 18 years and attended a Neighbour Day event in 2018, you are eligible to participate in the study. Participants will be invited to complete a 15-minute telephone interview on their experiences of Neighbour Day 2018. Register your interest at: https://bit.ly/2Cxradc


Examining the impact of the Centre for Care and Wellbeing services: The Centre for Care and Wellbeing is located at Springvale Botanical Cemetery and provides a community space for those experiencing grief and loss.  The aim of the current project is to explore how individuals experience the Centre for Care and Wellbeing services, and to assess the impact of these services on their wellbeing.

If you are over 18 years and have used the Centre for Care and Wellbeing at least once, you are eligible to participate in the study. Participants will be invited to complete a 1-hour telephone interview on their experiences of the Centre. Participants will be reimbursed $20 in the form of an eGift card for their participation. Register your interest at: https://bit.ly/2CAykg2


Young Australians’ Social Internet Use (YAS): Loneliness is increasingly acknowledged to be a growing public health problem that can negatively affect one’s social, mental and physical health. The aim of the current project is about understanding loneliness, social internet use, health behaviors, and well-being in young adults aged 18 to 25. There is limited research in this field on loneliness in young Australians. As such, there is increased importance in being able to track the developmental trajectory of this phenomenon.

If you are aged 18-25 years and live in Australia, you are eligible to participate in the study. Complete the study at: https://bit.ly/2HKZ0hV 


Uprise: Young adulthood is a time of transition, characterised by changing social relationships, increased autonomy and responsibility, financial pressures, new experiences, and often geographical re-location for work or study. It is therefore unsurprising that many young people experience significant stress and distress during this time of life. To address this problem, universities are looking for engaging and effective tools to support student wellbeing. One possible solution is self-guided, digital programs. This study aims to test the efficacy of  a four week computerised cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness online program and app, Uprise, in Australian tertiary students. Uprise has previously shown promising results in addressing workplace stress, but has not been tested in a student population.

If you are aged 17-26 years and enrolled in tertiary education in Australia, you may be eligible to participate in the study. Participants will be invited to complete 3-4 assessments, and 4 weeks of app usage. Participants will be reimbursed $20/hour for completing the assessment. Register you interest at: https://uprise.co/uprise-students


Survey of Australian Well-being: There is ample evidence showing that loneliness is a public health problem that influences one’s social, mental and physical health. The current project is about understanding loneliness and its trajectory over time. There is limited research in this field on Loneliness in Australia; as such, there is increased importance in being able to track the developmental trajectory of this phenomenon. This will be the first study of its kind within the Australian context and will help provide future avenues for treatment in both the public health and psychiatric medicine domains.

Recruitment for the first survey is now closed. Existing participants will be emailed the second and third surveys each 6 weeks after the previous survey.