Are you interested in participating in research that will improve our knowledge of borderline personality disorder? Spectrum has an active research program that evaluates the effectiveness of treatment, explores the impact and management of disorders that co-occur with BPD, examines complexity in relationships and gives consumers, carers and clinicians a voice in the rapidly expanding field of personality disorder.

Volunteering to participate in research is a personal decision. We all need to carefully consider the risks and benefits before taking part. Find out the potential benefits and risks that might be applicable to you.

We have a range of projects that are currently recruiting. All of the projects that are listed here have been approved by the Eastern Health Human Research and Ethics Committee. The titles of these projects are listed below. Please check the information via the associated link in the first instance to familiarise yourself with each project’s purpose and requirements, then email the contact person named in the link if you would like further information. If you have any questions related to the purpose or carrying out of these studies, please contact the research team, at 8413 8750 or spectrum.research@easternhealth.org.au


General well-being of people with BPD during the COVID-19 pandemic and their experiences of treatment accessibility and support including telehealth

Eligibility criteria: If you live in Australia and have a diagnosis of BPD (or identify with the symptoms of BPD), we invite you to share your experiences of mental health support and treatment you have received from public, private and community health services using telehealth since the restrictions came into effect.

How to participate: A survey has been developed for this research that approximately takes 30 minutes to complete.  If you choose to participate, please respond as completely and honestly as you are able.  No identifying information about you will be collected in this survey.  Please avoid using names or providing information that could be used to identify you.  All survey responses will be un-identifiable and therefore privacy and confidentiality will be protected.  Your completion of this survey infers your informed consent.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BPDfoundation


Recognising and treating men who experience personality disorder

Eligibility criteria: Men who have received a diagnosis of personality disorder are invited to participate in an interview.  The study involves two 60-90 minutes video-conference interviews to discuss your experiences, share your ideas and provide feedback on a treatment program that will be developed using feedback collected in this study. 

How to participate: please contact Dr Lukas Cheney at 8413 8750 or spectrum.research@easternhealth.org.au


Consumer experience of receiving support and treatment for Personality Disorder (PD) from public mental health services.

The Personality Disorder Initiative (PDI) is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This research project asks people with lived-experience of personality disorder to share their thoughts as to how public mental health could be improved to provide them with a better and more appropriate service response.   

Eligibility criteria: If you live in the State of Victoria, have a diagnosis of PD, and have accessed mental health support from any of these six public health services during the past 12 months:

  • Alfred Health
  • Monash Health
  • Melbourne Health (Northern Area Mental Health Service)
  • Barwon Health
  • Goulburn Valley Health
  • Forensicare

If this describes your situation, you may be eligible to participate in a 30-60min video-conference interview with a Spectrum researcher.

How to participate: please contact spectrum.research@easternhealth.org.au