Research Listings

Title: The Presence of, and Search for, Meaning in Life among Women in Remission and Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa

Objectives: In recent years, there has been a growing interest in understanding the role of meaning in people’s efforts to deal with serious negative life events. In the realm of eating disorders (EDs), however, research on the presence of, and search for, meaning in life for women with anorexia nervosa (AN) is scarce. The objectives of the proposed study, therefore, are fourfold and seek to explore how women in remission and recovery from AN experience: (1) the presence of meaning; (2) the search for meaning; (3) meaning in life, and; (4) the existential significance of recovery and remission. This study seeks to contribute to furthering our understanding of anorexia, as well as remission and recovery, which in turn can have an impact on the treatment and strategies used.

If you are interested in more information about the study, please do not hesitate to contact me or my supervisor:

Name of Researcher: Caitlin Sigg, RP(Q), PhD (Candidate)
Phone: 613-314-6320

Name of Supervisor: Judith Malette, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Phone: 613-236-1393, poste 2260
Email address:

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Eating Disorders and Sexuality

Principal Investigator: Lori A. Brotto, PhD.

Co-Investigator: Cara R. Dunkley, M.A.

Do you struggle with disordered eating?

Contribute to research examining sexuality and heath behaviours by participating in a UBC web-based survey.

Purpose: The main purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between disordered eating behaviors and sexuality, particularly with respect to sexual function and vulvar pain.

Compensation: By participating in this study, you will receive a Starbucks gift card for $20.00

Eligibility Restrictons: Participants must be female and 18 years of age or older. Participants must be assessed and have a past or present diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), or eating disorder not specified.

Procedure: You will be asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire online expected to take approximately 45 minutes

Contact: If you have any questions or concerns about participating, please feel free to contact Cara Dunkley, at She will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Optional: If you would like to be sent the study results once they are complete or would like to add your email to a list for future participation in research on sexual pain, please email Yana at

*Note: Participants are only eligible to participate and receive compensation once for this study.


Professor Allison Kelly, Ph.D., C.Psych., and her research team at the University of Waterloo are seeking participants for a daily diary study, lasting 15 days.

We are looking for participants who meet the following criteria:
- Female
- 18 years or older
- You binge eat (i.e., consume an unusually large amount of food within a relatively short period of time) at least once a week on average
- You use compensatory behaviour (such as self-inducing vomiting, using
laxatives, fasting, using diuretics and/or exercising to prevent weight gain) on average once a week
- You have nightly access to the internet

If you are invited to participate, you will be asked to complete a series of online surveys over approximately two weeks. The initial survey will take no more than 30 minutes. The next day, the daily diary portion will begin. The daily diary will require you to fill out a short (approximately 10 minutes) nightly survey for fourteen consecutive nights. The survey will contain various questions that ask about your personality, feelings and behaviours.

In appreciation of your time, you will receive up to $50.00 in the form of an gift card.

To find out more about the study and/or to determine whether you are eligible to participate, please fill out the pre-screen survey here:
*Please note that only participants who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to participate and receive remuneration for their time.
If you have any questions about the current study, please contact us at


This study has received ethics clearance through research ethics committees at the University of Waterloo.


Patients and recovered patients needed for a genetics and anorexia nervosa study

Researchers at the University Health Network are looking for study participants to learn more about the role of the EPHX2 gene in metabolizing fatty acids. You are invited to participate if you are a woman between 18 and 60 years of age and have been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa, Restricting or Binge-Purge Subtype. You would provide a fasting blood sample and MAY be asked to eat a breakfast sandwich. Participants will receive financial compensation for their time.

For more information, please contact Eileen at or (416)-693-5800 x 5494

Posted April 23, 2019


Researchers at Florida State University are recruiting adult individuals with eating disorders for an IRB-approved (HSC # 2018.25859) confidential online study of body attitudes and experiences and mental health. Participation consists of completing self-report questionnaires. The study takes about 30 minutes, and participants can enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card. The study can be found at this link:

Call for research participants

Social group memberships throughout recovery from disordered eating

Jade Streete, a PhD student at the Nottingham Trent University is conducting a study to learn more about the social worlds of people recovering from disordered eating and eating disorders, as well as how they impact overall well-being throughout the recovery process.

This study is for people over the age of 18 who have concerns about their eating behaviours and thoughts on any level and would like to/are recovering from disordered eating or an eating disorder. It is an online survey and should not take participants more than 15 minutes to complete. Participants do not have to have sought any treatment and do not need a diagnosis of an eating disorder to take part. The study will investigate the social groups to which they belong, as well as their general wellbeing and current eating behaviours.

For further information, or if you are interested in participating, please visit at:

Posted September 5, 2018


We are conducting a study examining the experience of medical care from the perspectives of individuals with eating disorders and their caregivers and we need your help.

If you are interested in participating please click on this link: Healthcare Experiences Survey

Please forward this message and link to anyone else or any group that you think might be interested in participating. We want patients and their caregivers from across the world to be heard!

This survey is for individuals who:

- have received (patient/client) or witnessed (caregiver) medical healthcare for any reason during the course on an eating disorder
- have had this experience within the past 5 years
- is 18 years or older

Thank you for your time.

Mackenzie and Suzanne

Mackenzie Adams, MPH candidate
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Suzanne Dooley-Hash, MD, FAED
Medical Director
The Center for Eating Disorders
Ann Arbor, Michigan

My name is Kerri Lewis. I am a 4th year Psychology Honours student at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. I am currently seeking participants for my research project investigating how invalidating emotional experiences in childhood impact on binge eating in adulthood. We hope to explore these factors across the full spectrum of experience, so we encourage participation whether or not you have ever had issues with binge eating. You must be over 18 years of age. If you would like to participate within this study, please access the survey at the link below. The survey should take approximately 40-50 minutes to complete. All responses are completely anonymous and confidential. If you would like to participate in this study, please follow the below link to complete the anonymous online survey:

I would also greatly appreciate it if you could forward this advert and survey link to your friends, family members, and colleagues, as I am hoping to reach as many people as possible to participate within this study. Thank you for your assistance and consideration.

Participants needed for a study of the impacts of body image and home literacy on current academic and non-academic practices and emotions

Reseachers at the University of Alberta are conducting a study to learn more about 1) feelings and perceptions one holds about their body as well as its relation to various achievement outcomes, and 2) past and present pleasure reading habits.

To thank you for your participation, at the completion of the survey, the research team will donate $1 to your choice of a charity; either one related to promoting reading abilities or to Edmonton’s chapter of the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta.

For further information, or if you are interested in participating, please visit the survey website at:

Posted May 31, 2018

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We are looking for people to participate in a project on eating disorders (diagnosed or not diagnosed, including difficult experiences with food-body-eating relationships) in the Latinx community (people who identify as Latinx or with roots in Latin America, Abya-Yala, the Caribbean, and the diaspora, including Afro-Latinx, Indigenous, mixed, Xicanx, or other).

As a participant, you would be asked to participate in a team to plan how a non-hierarchical, body- and fat-positive, participant-led, healing and community-focused project in the Latinx community might look. You will participate in the planning stages of a project that will take place this upcoming spring (You may also choose to participate in the project in the spring too if you wish.)

Your participation would involve coming to one or two meetings, each of which is approximately two hours long. In appreciation for your time, you will receive TTC tokens to cover transportation costs, snacks, and compensation (5-10 dollars, depending on how many people we have at the meetings). For more information about this study or to volunteer for this study (email updates) or visit or come join us in person Thursday Nov 30th or Dec 14th at 442 Dufferin St, Toronto, or contact Isabel Urrutia at if you have any questions!

Jessica Cumming, a Master’s student in Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria (UVic)., is collecting the stories of young women who have been hospitalized in general psychiatric or pediatric wards for Anorexia using a qualitative interview methodology. Participants must have been out of the hospital for at least 6 months prior to being interviewed for the study.

Interested participants may contact me by email at or by phone/text at 778-678-1620. Further details about the study and what participation will entail are provided once they make this initial contact.

If you have any questions or concerns about the ethical approval of this study you are welcome to raise them with me, or contact the UVic ethics committee at 250-472-4545 or

Call for research participants - Females ages 18-65

Title: Executive Functioning and Emotion Processing in Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa
University College London, Research Ethics Committee number:8515/001

This study aims to explore the thinking styles in women who have recovered from anorexia nervosa compared to women who have never had any eating disorder. The study is open to female participants between the ages of 18-65 who have either no history of a previous eating disorder, or who have a past history of Anorexia Nervosa.

The study involves an initial brief screening with the researcher via skype or over the phone (approximately 20 minutes), followed by a set of online tasks and questionnaires (approximately 30-45 minutes).

Participants will have the choice of being entered into a draw to win one of ten £10 Amazon vouchers (or equivalent, aprox. $15.00CAD), or having a donation made to an eating disorders charity. Participants will be compensated for both the initial screening and the second stage of the study.

Further details on the study can be found in the Participant Information Sheet.

If you are interested in participating or finding out more about this study, please contact the student researcher: Leah Kugelmass, .
Research supervisor, Dr Lucy Serpell,

Do you currently have an eating disorder? Do you think you might have an eating disorder?

Complete this three-part online survey and we will donate $10 AUD to an eating disorder charity on your behalf

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are seeking individuals aged 18 years and over and who i) are currently diagnosed with an eating disorder, or ii) think they might have an eating disorder, for a study of treatment attitudes, media use, and stigma.

The study initially involves a 25–35 minute online survey and two shorter 15–20 surveys that will be emailed to you 3 and 6 months later, respectively. We will donate $5 AUD for each of the second and third times you complete the survey. You can choose which of 7 eating disorder charities will receive your donation. If you complete both the second and third survey, your total donation will be $10 AUD.

We are seeking 500 participants. Thus, the total possible donation to eating disorder charities is $5000 AUD.

Click to learn more about the study and to participate:

We are currently seeking women age 18 or older who are struggling with symptoms of bulimia nervosa to participate in a free, 12-week emotion-focused therapy group. This group is being led as part of a doctoral dissertation through the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and has received ethics approval through the Health Research Ethics Board. Participating in this research will involve the completion of a series of surveys, as well as the completion of group treatment. If you are interested in participating in this group, or would like further information, please contact Jennifer Bartlett (

View PDF Flyer here. 


Caregiver Education: Skills-based education for those supporting an individual over the age of 17 with an eating disorder is available for free through Toronto General Hospital as part of a research study.  Participants are randomized (like flipping a coin) to either an online version of the education or a workshop version of the education. Please see the flyer for details or contact

Family-Based Treatment for Transition Age Youth: Treatment for Anorexia is available through Toronto General Hospital, SickKids and North York General Hospital as part of a research study. Treatment is family based and for those between the ages of 16 and 24. Treatment is free and requires families to attend weekly sessions that are 1.5 hours long. Sessions are split between individual time for the client with Anorexia and time for the entire family.  Please see the pamphlet for more details or contact

Posted November 30, 2015

How should we talk about eating disorders in the community? An expert consensus study.

Do you have expertise (including as an advocate with lived experience) in the field of eating disorders?
Are you aged 18 or over?

If you fit these criteria, you may be eligible to participate in an online research study about how to talk about eating disorders in community settings.

For further information, or if you are interested in participating, please visit the research website at:

Contact Joanna Doley (PhD student, Department of Psychology and Counselling, LaTrobe University) at: 

This study has ethics approval, UHEC approval number 15-062.

Posted November 4, 2015


Do you have a history of or currently have anorexia, bulimia or EDNOS and want to try using moving meditation as a complementary therapy?

If you answered yes, you may be eligible to participate in the MEDYTATE study: a research study investigating the effects of either a Fung Loy Kok (FLK) Taoist Tai ChiTM or a standardized yoga series on your eating disorder symptoms and mindfulness skills.

The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of moving meditations as a complementary therapy for the treatment of the symptoms of eating disorders.

Anyone over the age of 16 who has been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or eating disorder not otherwise specified who is seeing, at minimum, a professional care provider, such as a therapist or a general practitioner as a primary care provider is can enroll.

You will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires on your first and last class and attend either 10 weekly 1.5 hour Tai Chi classes or yoga classes once a week. It is free to participate. Classes will take place at various locations in Toronto, Hamilton and Burlington from April 2015 to April 2016.

Those that complete the questionnaires and 5/10 classes will receive a FREE class pass to a local yoga studio!


This study has been approved by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (#15-177-S)

Please contact Katarina Poletto at (416) 518-3705 or for further information and when classes are being held throughout the year. View the PDF Flyer! 



Professor Allison Kelly, Ph.D., C.Psych., and her research team at the University of Waterloo are seeking participants for either or both phases of a two-phase study, lasting two weeks each.

We are looking for participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Female
  • 17 years or older
  • You watch what you eat
  • Body mass index (BMI) in 15-19 range

In Phase 1 (2 weeks), you will be asked to complete short daily recordings of your eating and weight-control behaviours via a Smartphone app. In Phase 2 (2 weeks), you will also be given the opportunity to learn a self-help exercise aimed at helping you cope with distress related to your eating, weight, and body image issues. Please note that we will be taking your weight as part of this research study.

In appreciation of your time, you will receive $50 for each study phase, for a total maximum of $100.
To find out more about the study, please contact our research team:
519-888-4567 x 39121


This study has received ethics clearance through the research ethics committee at the University of Waterloo.

View PDF Flyer here. 

Are you a health care provider who has worked with persons with eating disorders?

Are you interested in participating in a study about health professionals’ experiences with eating disorders in Atlantic Canada?

You can participate if you:

  • Are a health professional in one of the following fields: medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, dentistry, social work and dietetics
  • Worked with individuals with eating disorders in Atlantic Canada
  • Are willing to participant in a telephone or face-to-face interview

View the flyer for this study! 

Research in the Neurobiology of and Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

Researchers at the Toronto General Hospital and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) are examining the underlying neurobiologic disturbances in anorexia nervosa and exploring new and innovative treatment methods for anorexia nervosa in order to improve outcome for people suffering from this disorder. 

There are 3 current studies underway that are now accepting participants.   

Who is qualified to participate in a study?

Qualified participants have:
• A diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa – amenorrhea criterion not strictly applied
• A BMI between 14 and 18.5
• Are between 18 and 55 years of age

*****   If you do not currently have anorexia nervosa but struggled with it in the past, you may be eligible to participate in Study #3   *****

All studies are conducted under the supervision of Dr. Allan Kaplan, MD and have received full approval from the Toronto General Hospital and CAMH Research Ethics Boards and from Health Canada.


For more information about any of these studies:

∗ Please get in touch with research coordinator Laura MacKew directly by phone (416) 535-8501 ext. 33877 or by email at

∗ Read more about the research Dr. Kaplan is supervising here on the CAMH Blog

Posted March 23, 2015.

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine are conducting a survey to explore parenting, weight, and eating disorders.

The survey is anonymous and takes 10-30 minutes to complete. We are interested in the opinions of parents (mothers AND fathers) who have a child between 6 years old and 15 years old.

To read more about the study, and to participate, go to:

Approved by Yale's Human Investigation Committee (Institutional Review Board), study# 1411014857.

Online Educational Tool for Parents/Caregivers of a Youth with an Eating Disorder


Do you think your child might have an Eating Disorder?
Do you want to learn about eating disorders and how you can help your child?

Purpose of the research: To understand if the online educational tool is helpful to parents/caregivers of a child who may have an eating disorder.


Who can participate: Parents or caregivers of a youth (9-18 years old) who may have an eating disorder or eating difficulties.

Topics covered include:


1. What is an eating disorder?
2. Medical risks of eating disorders
3. Understanding eating disorders
4. Essential components of treating pediatric eating disorders
5. Supporting a child with an eating disorder: practical advice from professionals
6. B.C. Meal support video
7. Recommended resources

Ethics: This research project has been approved by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Ethics Board.


Contact: For more information visit, email us at, or call us at (613) 737-7600 ext 3803.