Clinical Trials

Understanding Psychological Factors Underlying Sexual Dysfunction, Depression, Anxiety and Eating Disorders in Individuals with MS

Type of Study/Intervention


Recruitment Status


Form of MS

Relapsing MS, Relapsing remitting MS, Secondary progressive MS, Primary progressive MS

Brief summary

Researchers are interested in identifying psychological factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of sexual dysfunction, depression, anxiety and eating symptoms in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). These are common but frequently overlooked symptoms in MS. Researchers are also interested in determining whether psychological factors may be differentially related to these symptoms in MS, compared to other chronic and inflammatory diseases and general and clinical populations. This research represents an important opportunity to increase awareness and clinical understanding of these symptoms in MS.

What would you be asked to do?

Complete a 30-60 minute online survey (via phone or computer) involving a range of multiple-choice questions about your personal experiences and psychological and physical health. The survey will save your progress, allowing you to take breaks. In 6-months time, you will be invited to complete a final, shorter survey (30 minute duration) that participants will be paid a $30 gift voucher once they complete both T1 (baseline) and T2 (6 month follow up) questionnaires.

Inclusion critera

• Adults aged 18 years and above
• Located in Australia, New Zealand or internationally
• Formal diagnosis MS by a medical professional

Exclusion criteria

• Below 18 years of age
• No diagnosis of MS

Anticipated start date

Already started

Recruitment contacts

For participation enquiries:
Rebekah Davenport
Master of Clinical Psychology & PhD Candidate

Enquires or issues regarding the study:
Dr. Litza Kiropoulos (PhD)
(Principal Researcher, Supervisor)
Ph: (03) 90354063

Researchers are located in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010.

Further details

To participate, click this link.

Further details about the study please visit here.



Ethics approval


HREC Reference Number: 2021-12495-20321-4

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