Research Listings

The following studies have been approved by their respective research ethics board. Please contact the study coordinator directly if you wish to participate or for further information. 

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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)  Email:  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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Does Self-Compassion Buffer Against the Effects of Daily Stress on Eating Disorder Symptomology?

The goals of this study are to examine the relationship between females’ daily experiences and their eating behaviours and body image. Before being invited to participate in the study, potential participants must complete a pre-screen questionnaire to determine eligibility: HTTPS://UWATERLOO.CA1.QUALTRICS.COM/JFE/FORM/SV_9AKSPDKSULEC3YH. Potentially eligible  participants will be contacted by a member of the research team via a phone call and will be invited to participate. This phone call is a required component of study participation so the researcher can verify eligibility. Participants who are invited to participate will be asked to complete two stages of online surveys. The initial questionnaires (stage 1) will take place on the first day and will take 30 minutes. Stage 2 will begin the next day and will require participants to complete short (10 minutes each) nightly surveys for 14 consecutive nights. In total, participants can receive up to a $50 gift card for their participation in the study. The lead researchers are Dr. Allison Kelly, Ph.D., C. Psych. ( ALLISON.KELLY@UWATERLOO.CA ) and Aleece Katan, B.Sc. ( AKATAN@UWATERLOO.CA ).

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Understanding the Experiences of Young Adults Receiving Eating Disorder Care in the Community

You are invited to take part in a research study about understanding the experiences of young adults receiving eating disorder care in the community. The researcher is inviting young adults aged 18-22 who are currently in outpatient eating disorder treatment in Ontario to be in the study. Please be advised that some people may be excluded from the study based on their gender, location, availability or length of treatment history only to make sure that the views of men and people across the province with chronic eating disorders are heard. This form is part of a process called “informed consent” to allow you to understand this study before deciding whether to take part. This study is being done by a researcher named Hali Sitarz, who is a doctoral student at Walden University. If you have any questions or concerns, at any time, she can be reached by email at may know the researcher from her role as a Nurse Practitioner in an eating disorder program but please understand that her researcher role in this study is separate from that role.  Background Information: The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of young adults in community-based (out-patient) eating disorder treatment in Ontario. Another purpose for this study is to better understand the role of nurses in community-based eating disorder care. Learn more: HTTPS://WWW.SURVEYMONKEY.COM/R/XT26W8Q

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