Current Spectrum research studies

The Centre for Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma Research current research

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Our current projects

The Centre for Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma Research has an active research program that is committed to improving prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery for people living with personality disorder and complex trauma-related disorders.

Our current projects include:

  • Identifying and diagnosing BPD in older adults

  • Understanding the experiences of people with BPD in the Emergency Department

  • Using lived experience accounts to understand events leading to diagnosis and personal recovery in the context of living with BPD

  • Examining the effectiveness of medication as an adjunct to psychotherapy for BPD

  • Exploring the experiences of men with BPD

  • Collating the collective wisdom of clinicians who work with men who have personality disorder

  • Evaluation of the Personality Disorder Initiative (PDI) Program

  • Trialling an intervention suited to community residential services for people with emotion dysregulation (Ironbark program in PARC services)

  • Epidemiological studies evaluating the broader community impact of (untreated) personality disorder

  • Ongoing quality assessment of Spectrum’s treatment services

  • Higher degree clinical student research supervision

Participate in research

Are you interested in participating in research that contributes to our understanding, and optimises care and outcomes for people living with personality disorder and complex trauma? Volunteering to participate in research is a personal decision that requires careful consideration of the risks and benefits. 

Find out more about the potential risks and benefits that might apply to you. If you are interested in participating in research please contact the Research Centre via the options below.

For more information

Please contact the Research Centre via email or call (03) 8413 8750 (ask for Assoc. Prof. Jillian Broadbear, Head of Research)

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