Research Studies

 Study #1


Research Participants Needed


Researchers from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University are looking for participants to contribute in research about the long-term effects of sexual abuse by clergy members. The study is open to any individual, male or female, over the age of eighteen years old that was the victim of sexual abuse by a church-ordained leader.


This research will consist of an interview with one of the researchers. The interview will last at least one hour. Interviews will take place over Skype with the exception of those individuals in the Seattle, Washington SNAP group who can opt to be interviewed in-person. Your information will be kept confidential we will never disclose your name or identifying information throughout the research process. At any point during the interview, you can withdraw your participation from the study. This flier can also be found on the webpage for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (

If you have any further questions or wish to participate, please contact one of the researchers below:

Amelie Pedneault, PhD 
Assistant Professor 
Washington State University 
509-335- 4075


Dylan Pelletier, M.A.

PhD Student

Washington State University





Study #2


Invitation to participate in exciting new online study designed at the University of Exeter, UK


Researchers from the University of Exeter are conducting an international survey on emotion processing in adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and would like to invite adults who are interested in taking part. Please click in the link below to find out more about this anonymous and confidential study:


I am conducting an online study with adult survivors of child sexual abuse that aims to investigate individual differences in emotional responses to experiences of child sexual abuse.


I would like to reach out to survivors interested in taking part in my study. 


Over the last few years more and more people have come forward to seek help following their experiences, some of them resulting from the abuse sustained within the church. Some survivors are often keen to take part in research, especially when anonymous and confidential as it allows to raise awareness of this important issue. 


I welcome the experiences of men. My study has been open for over 3 weeks now and I have mainly heard from women. I have been overwhelmed by the responses and interest I have received.  People that completed the study often spoke of this being important to them and helpful in validating their experiences. 


The participation is voluntary, anonymous and confidential. The online study does not record IP addresses, participants’ location or times of study completion. All participants are invited to read the information sheet prior to deciding about taking part. Also, they are informed of their right to withdraw their data at any point without providing a reason.


The study has been granted ethical approval by the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter’s ethical committee. The committee ensures the highest ethical standard of all research undertaken within Psychology at the University of Exeter.


If the participants decide to take part, they will be invited to follow a link to a website where they can fill out a few questionnaires and answer some open-ended questions. They will find some information about the study when they log in. Only the participant and the researcher will have access to the data, which will be stored securely.


There are no direct benefits for participants for taking part.  The questionnaires will allow the researcher to answer some questions about the experiences of adults on coping with their experiences of child sexual abuse. This could help us to develop better psychological treatments for survivors affected by experiences of child sexual abuse.


The questionnaires in this study are widely used and well tolerated within the population of survivors. The questionnaires might upset the participants temporarily as they might bring back the memories of their experiences and might elicit some feelings in them. The online study will contain phone numbers of helplines and support groups in different countries if the participants wished to seek additional help. The participants would be encouraged to see their GP if they are concerned.


The data obtained from the study will be combined with that of other participants to be written up as part of the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology course fulfillment. The study will be written up to appear in one of the scientific journals. This will be achieved in order to inform other clinicians and scientists who are working to support people affected by traumatic experiences and their families.


Any write-up will not mention the participants personally, nor detail their name or any other personal detail. No other identifiable information will be published with the results. The participants can request that a copy of the findings is sent to them when it becomes available.


If participants have any concerns about any of the aspects of this study they can contact the researcher or the study supervisor, Dr Anke Karl.



Agata Sawicka, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Email:

Study Supervisor Dr Anke Karl, Email:

Mood Disorders Centre, Sir Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research

School of Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

University of Exeter, Exeter, EX4 4QG.


Thank you very much for considering this request. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further questions.