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Research Opportunities

Participate in External Research Studies

The Renfrew Center is committed to providing current and/or former patients with opportunities to volunteer to participate in eating disorder research studies. Participation in research offers valuable opportunities to contribute to the understanding of eating disorders and further enhancing treatment.   

The permission provided by The Renfrew Center for recruitment of research participants is not an explicit endorsement of a particular research study and does not represent a direct or broad partnership with the principal investigator(s) or their institution. 

First Research Opportunity:

Online survey investigating the effects of inflexible thinking styles on engagement in treatment

Conducted by:

University of Hertfordshire


  • Diagnosed with an Eating Disorder or OCD (or a related disorder, e.g. Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding Disorder, Hair-Pulling or Skin-Picking Disorder)
  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have received some form of therapy or medication for your mental health in the last year, or are you currently receiving it

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You can click here to complete the survey, which should take around 20 minutes. The deadline is December 31, 2024.


Please contact Shaunak Deshpande, from the University of Hertfordshire, at [email protected].


Second Research Opportunity:


Third Research Opportunity:

Experiences of using a coach in eating disorder recovery

Conducted by:

Taylor Penwell, B.A., & Dr. Caitlin Martin-Wagar, Ph.D.


  • 18 years or older
  • Living in the United States
  • Current or past eating disorder (formal diagnosis not required)
  • Current or past use of a coach for eating disorder recovery (for example, eating disorder recovery coach, life coach, or health and wellness coach)

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You can click here to complete the survey, which should take around 15-25 minutes. The deadline is December 31, 2024.


For completing the survey, participants can receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card.


If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

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