The School of Psychology and its partners offer a multi-faceted research participation program that seeks to engage a broad group of people in research, known as the Integrated System for Participation in Research (ISPR).

Much of this program consists of putting researchers together with individuals who are interested in participating in and learning about research.

If you are a University of Ottawa student and are participating in research as a part of a psychology or research methods course, please visit the ISPR Student Pool webpage.

If you are interested in participating in research and are at least 18 years of age, you are welcome to participate through the ISPR Community Pool. You can also look below at "Other research opportunities".

Why participate in research?

Participating in research is your chance to contribute directly to our growing knowledge of the human mind, the brain, and behaviour of all kinds. This knowledge can be helpful in so many ways, from improving our workplaces and educational systems, to helping to understand and heal mental illness, to simply satisfying our curiosity about how people tick. Our researchers conduct studies all across these disciplines, but the researchers are not able to do it alone. By volunteering in research, you will be helping researchers to answer all sorts of important questions.

Ethics and confidentiality

The protection of all research participants’ rights, including confidentiality, is of paramount importance in research and we take all necessary precautions to ensure a positive and safe experience for everyone who participates in research. The procedures of the ISPR were developed in compliance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Research with Humans and the ISPR’s procedures have been reviewed by the University of Ottawa Research Ethics Board (REB). Each individual study that recruits participants from the ISPR system has been independently approved to be in compliance with ethics policies by the REB. Names and all other identifying information will always be treated as confidential and would never be released without express permission from each participant.

Other research opportunities

The Sleep Lab

The University of Ottawa Sleep Laboratory is looking for adults age 20‐35 to participate in research studies. Participants must be in good health and describe themselves as a “good” sleeper. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires to verify that they are eligible to participate. You will be compensated for your participation.

To enquire about participating, please visit the sleep lab.

Child Development Research

The Child Development Laboratories at the University of Ottawa are looking for children from 3 months to 8 years old to participate in studies. The studies are designed to be game-like and fun for children looking at things like language, cognitive, and moral development. Free parking is provided while you are at the University and your child will receive a small gift for helping out with our research. Many appointment slots are available, including weekends. Most of the studies involve only a one hour-long visit.

Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 4446
[email protected]

ADHD and Development Lab

Dr. Maria Rogers (C. Psych.) is currently looking for youth to participate in our studies! We have a number of ongoing studies for children and youth ranging from 3-24 years old. Study activities vary, but may include playing games, filling out questionnaires, and watching movie clips. Compensation also varies, ranging from personalized educational reports to gift cards! Eligibility: English proficiency. ADHD diagnosis is NOT required. Contact us to sign up!
Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 4457
[email protected]

Bruyère Memory Program

Do you or a family member, friend, or someone close to you have memory problems, dementia, or Alzheimer's? Join us in helping find a cure! The Bruyère Research Institute is currently looking for people to participate in both drug and non-drug studies that may help cure, prevent, or slow down the progression of memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease. If you would like to learn more please call.
Phone: 613-562-6262 ext. 1284