Memories and Emotions in Grief

The purpose of this study is to learn more about how people remember their loved ones and manage different emotional experiences during bereavement. If we can understand more about how people think and feel during bereavement we can improve treatments for individuals who experience ongoing difficulties coping with the loss of their loved ones.

We are currently recruiting participants who have experienced the loss of a loved one at least one year ago and are experiencing intense grief reactions following their loss

This study involves attending one 2-3 hour session either at The Westmead Institute or the University of New South Wales. During this session you will be asked some questions about your loss and how it has impacted you. There will also be a number of short tasks that may involve recalling some memories from your life, whilst wearing a heart rate monitor and eye tracking task, and some computer tasks that involve making decisions about pictures and words. There are also some questionnaires that ask about your loss, your emotions, and your coping strategies, which you complete in your own time. If you are interested in participating, we would need to go through some screening questions to make sure you are eligible to participate.

You would be reimbursed $50 per hour for up to 3 hours participation.

For further information, please call us on 8627 3314, or fill out an enquiry form here

The Effects of Genetics and Brain Function on Response to Treatment for People with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Researchers at the University of New South Wales and University of Tasmania are conducting a research study to identify how genetics and brain activity predict responses to treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The standard treatment for PTSD is exposure therapy, which involves gradually learning to control fear of memories and reminders of the traumatic event.  We wish to identify what influences how quickly people respond to this treatment and how much they get better.  

The research project is interested in identifying how genetics and brain activity may predict responses to treatment for PTSD. It consists of two sessions of approximately 1 hour - the first is an assessment with a clinical psychologist at either UNSW or Westmead; the second is an MRI brain scan, conducted at Royal North Shore Hospital. You would be reimbursed for your time in participating.

If you are interested in participating, or would like to know more about this study, please call the clinic on 8627 3314. An MRI safety screening interview is required and can be completed by phone.