Dr. Conal Monaghan, Australian National University

Dr. Conal Monaghan

Dr. Conal Monaghan, Australian National University


Wouldn’t it be nice if we could shift people who are completing our research from being passive ‘respondents’ to being interested and engaged ‘participants’?


In today’s presentation, we will explore some of the ongoing challenges with collecting survey data and how the ANU Personality, Individual Differences, and Assessment (PIDA) lab, along with colleagues from the Grand Valley State University (Dr Todd Williams) and Otago University (Dr Martin Sellbom), have integrated participant feedback to stimulate participant engagement. Through utilising RStudio’s Shiny framework, we developed a simple web application that provided automated feedback to over 8,000 participants. These participants completed our survey to learn more about themselves, not for any monetary compensation (or course credit). We will discuss how this application was built and present preliminary data to emphasise the benefits of having participants invested in their own results. Best of all, you can do it to! Conal will also outline and provide resources on how you can utilise the Shiny platform to create instant participant interaction and feedback to also make your research Shiny.

Speaker bio: Conal completed his PhD at the Australian National University in 2019 and started working as a lecturer in the Master of Professional Practice program in 2020. Currently, Conal also works as a clinical psychologist at headspace Canberra and his research program focuses on understanding individual differences such as Machiavellianism and dimensional models of personality disorders. His research focuses heavily on research methodology and psychometrics, which will be the focus of this presentation. You can find out more about Dr Monaghan’s work at https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/mle1CE8wmrtVDLrRSN5EoK?domain=researchers.anu.edu.au and about the feedback website at https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/w0ITCGv0oyCKMkxjs7lr94?domain=conalmonaghan.shinyapps.io.