The purpose of this study is to assess how social determinants and life experiences affect mental health symptoms and substance use patterns. Understanding how individuals with different life experiences cope and respond to challenges may help inform more personalized treatment options in the future for mental illnesses.

What will you be asked to do? In this online study, you will be asked to fill out several questionnaires (e.g., demographic information, questions about stressful experiences, mood, substance use,medical history, early life adversity, discrimination, abuse, suicidal ideation, etc.) with a personal electronic device. This should take about 45-60 minutes.

Eligibility:Individuals aged 17+ who have fluent English comprehension and reside in Canada.

Risks:There may be some discomfort or anxiety experienced when responding to some of the questionnaires of a sensitive nature. All information, including answers within each questionnaire, will remain confidential and participants’ anonymity will be protected at all times.

Duration: ~45-60 minutes.

Compensation:With your consent, you will be placed into a raffle for a $100 CAD gift card of your choosing from either Amazon, Walmart, or Starbucks. You will have a 1/100 chance of winning a gift card.

Please contact us for more information:

  • Ally Villeneuve –, Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University, or
  • Molly Mullan –, Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Robyn McQuaid, Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University

This research has been cleared by Carleton University Research Ethics Board-B (Clearance #117163). Should you have any ethical concerns with the study, please contact the REB Chair, Carleton University Research Ethics Board-B (by phone: 613-520-2600 ext. 4085 or by For all other questions about the study, please contact the researchers.

Research study poster