Research Studies

 Study #1


Irish Research Participants Needed

My name is Shauna Mc Gee and I am working with University College Dublin on a study about resilience and wellbeing after stress or adversity, specifically focusing on the resilience and abilities of institutional survivors. Resilience is the ability to adapt, cope, and maintain your well-being following experiences of adversity. Resilience can be shown in many different ways and we want to help give survivors a voice and raise awareness of their incredible strengths.  

We are looking for help from Irish survivors who were in institutional care in Ireland (living anywhere in the world), age 50 or older, who are interested in taking part in our study. The study consists of two parts: an interview and a questionnaire-style survey. In the interview we discuss your experiences, coping abilities, and different strengths. The survey gathers more information on your experience, factors related to resilience, and coping abilities.   We will be collecting surveys and interviews until the end of October.
The survey can be completed online using the link below, it can be sent to you by post, or you can complete it in person with a member of the research team. The interviews can be done in person, on the phone, or over Skype. For those who are interested in taking part in an interview, or would like more information, you can contact us using the phone or email below. You can also get more information on the study leaflet (attached) and on study website: 
Survey link:

Contact: Shauna Mc Gee
Tel.: +353 (0)87 0988869
Email: [email protected]





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: [email protected]

Study Supervisor Dr Anke Karl, Email: [email protected]

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.  



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