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We currently have the following studies you can take part in. Please see the inclusion and exclusion criteria for each trial before contacting us.

PLUS Study - Personality and Living of University Students

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Starting university can be a fun and exciting time, but also stressful and demanding. This study will look at whether a specially-designed online programme can improve student wellbeing.

Taking part involves filling out online questionnaires and completing a series of online sessions. You’ll receive feedback on your questionnaire responses, and each time you complete a set on online questionnaires you’ll be entered into a raffle for an iPad.

 

Aims:

The PLUS study aims to investigate whether an online programme designed to help first-year uni students can improve wellbeing. 

 

What’s involved?

Participants are asked to complete a set of online questionnaires covering topics such as personality, mental health and health-related behaviours (e.g. alcohol consumption). After this, participants receive personalised feedback on their responses, and are given access to a series of online modules designed to support students during their first year at university. They are asked to work through these modules within a three-month period, and to fill out questionnaires four times over a 12-month period.

 

What’s in it for participants?

The online sessions are designed to help and support first-year students, and we hope participants will find the content useful and interesting. Participants also get feedback on their questionnaire responses, allowing them to learn more about themselves, their personality and their strengths and weaknesses. Finally, each time participants complete one of the online assessments, they’ll be entered into a raffle for an iPad.

 

Where will the study take place?

All parts of this study will be conducted online.

Inclusion Criteria

  • First-year undergraduate students studying at a UK university.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Received psychological therapy or a psychiatric diagnosis in the past 12 months
  • Ever received a diagnosis of psychosis or bipolar disorder.

 

Contact

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Rachel Potterton (rachel.h.potterton@kcl.ac.uk) or visit our project website (https://www.icare-online.eu/en/Plus.html)

 

Funding

The project is part of ICare, a European-wide research project funded by the European Commission, which aims to implement internet-based interventions that prevent mental health problems in different settings across Europe https://www.icare-online.eu/en/icare.html

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everyBody Plus - Online treatment and support for bulimia and binge
eating disorder

ICARE LogoPeople with bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder often wait a long time for effective treatment. We are trying to bridge this gap by providing people with different types of online                                                                              treatment/support.

Participants either receive everyBody Plus, an 8-session internet-based, guided self-help programme, based on cognitive behavioural therapy, or alternatively they receive regular online symptom monitoring. Participants in both the everyBody Plus and symptom-monitoring group will have access to visual feedback charts on the progress of their symptoms diary, and all participants will complete 4 assessment questionnaires online.

 

Aims:

To conduct a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the everyBody Plus online intervention compared to online symptom monitoring, in a sample of 138 females in the United Kingdom. This study aims to investigate whether everyBody Plus reduces the time until a person achieves a clinically relevant improvement in their eating disorder symptoms after face-to-face treatment, compared to receiving online symptom monitoring. Symptom monitoring is known to have a beneficial effect on eating disorder symptoms.

 

What’s involved?

  • 15 minute phone call screening with study researcher
  • Self-enrolment on study website
  • Enter frequency of eating disorder symptoms once a week for 12 months
  • Complete 4 online questionnaire assessment sessions over 12 months
  • Participants who are randomly assigned to the intervention condition will additionally have access to the online modules; 8 weekly sessions for 8 consecutive weeks, which will take approximately 60 minutes each. This involves writing journal entries and posting thoughts/questions on the online discussion forum. Once a week, you will receive personalised email feedback from a trained moderator.

 

What’s in it for participants?

All participants across both conditions of the study will be awarded points for each completed weekly symptom logging and 4 questionnaire assessments over 12 months. Participants can earn a maximum number of 92 points (€92), which will be converted into pounds and paid upon completion of the study. 

 

Where will the study take place?

All parts of this study will be conducted online, except for the initial study screening over the phone with a researcher from King’s College London

 

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible to take part if you have/are:

  • Female
  • Aged 18 or over with symptoms of/a diagnosis of bulimia, binge eating disorder or another eating disorder with binge eating

 

Exclusion Criteria

You are not eligible to take part if you have/are:

  • Male
  • Under the age of 18
  • A body mass index lower than 18.5kg/m2

Your eligibility will be fully determined after a phone call screening questionnaire.

 

Contact

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Gemma Gordon (gemma.gordon@kcl.ac.uk). An overview of the study can also be found on our project website (https://www.icare-online.eu/en/everybody-plus.html).

Please note that contacting us for further information or partaking in the phone call screening does not mean you are obliged to take part in the study.

 

Funding

The project is part of ICare, a European-wide research project funded by the European Commission, which aims to implement internet-based interventions that prevent mental health problems in different settings across Europe https://www.icare-online.eu/en/icare.html  

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We Can Study - web-based intervention for carers of individuals with anorexia nervosa


ICARE LogoWe Can – A randomised controlled trial of a web-based intervention for carers of individuals with anorexia nervosa

Carers of people with anorexia nervosa play an important role in recovery, but often feel ill equipped to effectively support their loved one. This can have a negative impact on both the person with anorexia, and the mental health of their carer. We have developed and evaluated We Can, a web-based skills training programme, designed to support carers of people with anorexia.

 

Aims

This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of a web-based skills package (‘We Can’) to support carers of individuals with anorexia nervosa, and to look at how different levels of support within the intervention may affect the results. We are interested in how the We Can skills package affects both the carer using the package, and also the person with anorexia whom they care for.

 

What’s involved?

Carers of adults with anorexia will be able to participate in an online skills programme, which they can access anywhere with an internet connection. Participation consists of;

  • Completion of 8 online interactive modules over a 12-week period
  • Access to an online chat forum with other carers
  • Completion of 4 sets of online questionnaires over a 12-month period

Carers will be randomly allocated to one of three conditions within the study, with all carers receiving access to the 8 modules and chat forum.

Adults with anorexia whose carers are participating in the programme will also have the opportunity to complete a set of 4 online questionnaires over a 12-month period. 

 

How long does it take?

The total duration of the study is 12 months, with participants completing the 8 online modules over a 12-week period.

 

Where will the study take place?

All parts of this study will be conducted online.

 

Inclusion Criteria

Carers

  • Aged 18+
  • Providing unpaid care for an adult (aged 16+) with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa
  • Fluent in English

Participants with anorexia

  • Have a current diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, OR have been recently been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, while currently meeting the criteria for another eating disorder (for example, individuals who have been recently weight-restored, but would meet all other criteria for anorexia nervosa).
  • Aged 16+
  • Fluent in English

 

Exclusion Criteria

Carers

  • Caring for a person with an eating disorder other than anorexia, who has never been diagnosed with anorexia
  • Carer currently suffering from an eating disorder
  • Unable to read and understand English

Participants with anorexia

  • Never having received a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa
  • Currently dependent on alcohol or drugs
  • Diagnosed with a current major psychological disorder, which would interfere with the participants’ ability to participate
  • Under the age of 16

 

Contact

For further information, please contact: lucy.spencer@kcl.ac.uk

 

Funding

The project is part of ICare, a European-wide research project funded by the European Commission, which aims to implement internet-based interventions that prevent mental health problems in different settings across Europe https://www.icare-online.eu/en/icare.html

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The influence of oxytocin on eating behaviours and stress in eating disorders


This study aims to test whether or not a single dose of oxytocin affects food preferences in healthy adult females and adult females with either bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. Additionally, we will examine the neural mechanism of action using fMRI scans of the brain.


Who can take part?

Right-handed adult females who meet the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder.

All participants must:

  • Be fluent in English
  • Not suffer from any neurological or cognitive impairment
  • Not have a prior history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Not be pregnant
  • Be 18-40 years of age
  • Be eligible to undergo an MRI scan


What will happen if I choose to take part?

If you decide to take part, a member of the research team will be in touch to conduct a short phone screening. If you meet basic eligibility criteria, you will then be invited to come into the lab a total of three times.

On the first visit, more extensive screening will take place in order to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you to take part. If so, the next two sessions will be scheduled.

During each of the subsequent two sessions, you will receive an intranasal spray of either the oxytocin or placebo solution (a different solution on each occasion).

Following administration of the allocated solution, you will partake in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan while either water or chocolate milk flavours are delivered to you.

After a top-up dose of the nasal spray, you will complete several computerised tasks and then perform a "taste test", during which you will rate the favourability of several different types of foods.

You will be reimbursed with a £50 voucher for your time.

 

Contact:

Monica Leslie

monica.leslie@kcl.ac.uk 

Examining the effect of a single-dose of oxytocin on social and
emotional functioning in eating disorders

(Recruitment opened in April 2014)

Aims:  The aim of this pilot study is to test the effect that a single dose of oxytocin has on trust, relationship with carers, and social and emotional functioning in anorexia nervosa. 

Oxytocin

What’s involved: Participants will be tested on two occasions (once with oxytocin, once with placebo). The second testing session will be conducted 2-7 days after the first. During each session participants will complete a set of questionnaires and computerised tasks, and will be invited to have a test-meal. 

How long it takes: two sessions

 

 

Inclusion criteria:

  • female 
  • fluency in English
  • no visual/motor/cognitive impairment
  • a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa
  • outpatients, inpatients, or volunteers from the community
  • 18-65 years old
  • no comorbid diagnosis of psychosis and/or drug – alcohol abuse
  • no consumption of more than 28 units of alcohol per week (1 unit = 1/2 pint of beer (285mls) or 25ml of spirits or 1 glass of wine) (in the past 6 months)
  • no more than 5 cigarettes per day (past 6 months)
  • no metal implants
  • no hormonal contraceptives 
  • not exercising more than 5 times per week/2 hours each day (10 hours/week).  

Compensation: £50

Contact:

Email: 

valentina.cardi@kcl.ac.uk

janet.treasure@kcl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 5980

Cognitive bias modification in eating disorders
Cognitive Bias Modification

Aims:  The study is aimed at testing the acceptability of a computerised training programme to modify negative cognitive bias to social and self-related stimuli in patients with eating disorders. 

What’s involved: Participants will meet the researcher on 4 different days, over the course of 7-10 days. 

During the first day (baseline; 60 min.), subjects will complete a set of questionnaires and computerised tasks and will be assigned to either a training, experimental condition or a control condition of one of two cognitive bias modification modules. 

During the second (20-minute), third (20-minute), and fourth (60-minute) sessions participants will complete the computerised training tasks. 

At the end of fourth session, all participants will complete the same measures completed at baseline. 

How long it takes: four sessions 

Inclusion criteria: 

  • female
  • fluency in English
  • no visual/motor/cognitive impairment
  • diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, or bulimia nervosa, or eating disorder not otherwise specified
  • outpatients, inpatients, or volunteers from the community
  • 18-55 years old
  • no comorbid diagnosis of psychosis and/or drug – alcohol abuse.

Compensation:  £15

Contact: 

Email:

valentina.cardi@kcl.ac.uk

janet.treasure@kcl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 5980 
ROBIN: Influence of Rewards On Behaviour IN eating disorders

What is it about? 

This research is about how people with and without eating disorders respond in contexts of wins and losses. This aim to understand some of the mechanisms underlying eating disorders that may have implications for vulnerability, maintenance, treatment and relapse. 

 

Who can take part? 

Adult females with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder

 

What will taking part involve? 

A short telephone assessment (15-20 mins) to confirm eligibility.

One session with computer tasks, questionnaires, and BMI measurement. Sessions can take place Monday - Saturday from 8am - 7pm.

 

How long it takes: 

The session will last for approximately 1.5 hrs and will take place at King’s College London, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AF. 

 

Compensation:

£10 for your time, extra monetary winnings in a computer task, and money towards travel costs.

 

Contact:

Samantha Rennalls

Samantha.rennalls@kcl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 7927 969 624

A step by step guide for friends & family to become a Recovery Mentor

 

                              Information for carers  

You are invited to take part in a research project evaluating a new DVD which has been written, produced, and directed by carers, patients, & clinicians with experience of eating disorders to train family and friends to become a recovery mentor. 

Aim: We wish to assess whether the DVD, as an adjunct to treatment as usual, is effective for improving eating disorder symptoms. We also aim to test whether the SUCCEED DVD impacts distress in friends and family.

What’s involved: Individuals receiving treatment for an eating disorder, and their friends & family, who have a supportive role in recovery, can take part. 

We will ask you all to complete a series of questionnaires (now, in 2 month’s, and in 6 month’s time). Family & friends will be randomly allocated to start training to be a Recovery Mentor now or after a short waiting period. 

If you think you might be interested, please visit:

 

Contact: 

Email: charlotte.c.rhind@kcl.ac.uk  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 5963 

Computerized attention training (CAT) for anorexia nervosa

This project is an investigation into the therapeutic effects of a computerized attention training for patients with Anorexia Nervosa (AN). Such attention training, derived from clinical psychology research, has had promising effects on symptom reduction in other disorders.

Aims:

The primary aim is to determine if a computerized attention training improves treatment outcomes, such as eating disorder symptoms and related difficulties, such as anxiety. Our secondary aim is to explore underlying mechanisms that contribute to these improvements. This will help us to determine if such a training could become part of usual clinical care for people with eating disorders.

What’s involved:

During a first assessment (baseline; 90 minutes) participants will be asked to complete a set of questionnaires and (computerized) tasks. 
Participants will then be assigned to either the experimental condition or a control condition of our attention training module which consists of three sessions usually within one week (approximately 30 minutes each).  
After the last training session, all participants will complete again a set of questionnaires and related (computer) tasks (90 minutes). Four weeks after this assessment, participants will be contacted for a brief follow-up assessment that can be completed online (eg at home).

Inclusion criteria:

You are eligible to take part if you:

  • are female and aged 18 or older
  • have a BMI less than 18.5
  • have a current diagnosis of AN-restricting type, AN-binge/purging type or EDNOS-anorexia type.

Exclusion criteria:

You are not eligible to take part if you are, or ever have been:

  • on a dose of any psychoactive medication that has not been stable for at least 14 days prior to participation in the study
  • experiencing another major psychiatric disorder (eg major depressive disorder, substance dependence, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder) needing treatment in its own right
  • experiencing learning and developmental impairments.

Compensation:
You will be compensated with £50 for your time and efforts of participating upon successful completion of all parts of this study and the follow-up assessment.

Contact: 

Email: jessica.werthmann@kcl.ac.uk

 

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