I am posting the following notice from my colleague Dr Keely Kolmes who is conducting a study on therapy, social media, and clients. Please read on for more information:
Are you a person 18 years old or over, who has been in psychotherapy,
and has sought or found information about your therapist on the
Internet? If so, we would appreciate your taking the time to complete a survey.
Our names are Keely Kolmes and Dan Taube and we are licensed
psychologists who would like to request your participation in our
research on the effects of encountering your past or current
therapist’s information on the Internet. This study has been approved
by the Institutional Review Board of Alliant International University.
As a participant, you will be asked to complete an online survey
covering your basic demographic information and your experiences
regarding seeking or accidentally discovering information about your
therapist on the Internet. We expect the survey to take about 20 to 35
minutes to complete.
Your input may help therapists to better understand if and how this
information affects clients.
No names or personal information will be linked to the study and your
participation will be completely anonymous so long as you do not put
your name in your responses. If you should wish to contact the
researchers directly, your participation may become confidential
rather than anonymous, although your name will not be linked to any of
the data you submit.
To be eligible for the study, you must be 18 or older, currently in
psychotherapy, or have been in psychotherapy in the past, and have
encountered or sought information about your therapist on the Internet.
If you meet the above criteria and are interested in participating in
the study, you can access the survey at:
If you do not qualify for the study but you know others who might be
interested in participating, feel free to forward this notice or URL.
Thank you for your interest and participation.
Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. email@example.com
Daniel Taube, Ph.D., J.D. firstname.lastname@example.org