Informed Consent

Study Title: Clinicians’ perspectives on the treatment of psychopathic and borderline personality disorders: Identifying current strategies to better inform future treatment directions

Ethics Application Number:

Goals / Purpose of the Study:
The goals of the current research are to: (1) Characterize the attitudes and current practices of clinicians with respect to the treatment of psychopathic personality disorder (PPD; also known as: psychopathy, sociopathy, dissocial personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder) and borderline personality disorder (BPD; also known as: borderline personality, emotionally unstable personality disorder); and (2) Identify potentially useful strategies for the treatment of specific PPD and BPD symptoms or symptom clusters.

If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked, via an electronic survey, a series of questions about a personality disordered patient you have treated (one with a diagnosis of psychopathic personality disorder OR borderline personality disorder) therapeutically. You will provide only basic demographic information about your patient in addition to data on his/her symptoms and the strategies you employed to treat the patient. Finally you will be asked about his/her therapeutic outcomes.  

Voluntary Nature of the Study:
If you decide to participate, you are free to not answer any questions or withdraw at any time without prejudice or negative consequence.  If you stop participation during this web-based survey at anytime your data will not be included in the study. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with Simon Fraser University.

Anonymity / Confidentiality:
This is an anonymous web-based survey and thus you will not be providing your name at any point. The survey is being created using the Remark Web Survey from Gravic Inc.  The survey will be conducted on a Canada-based server with all of the participant responses stored confidentially and anonymously on the same server. Once the completed survey data has been collected from the Remark Web Survey software running on the host SFU server, it will be saved onto a password-encrypted USB memory stick which will be stored in a locked cabinet in the Mental Health Law and Policy Institute at SFU. The researchers will keep the information coded numerically and confidential. This data will be deleted in seven years.  There will be no way to identify the participant’s identity if the results are presented and/or published. Following your completion of the survey you will not be contacted by the researchers unless you initiate contact, or you indicate that you would like to participate in the draw for one of four $50 gift cards or one of 20 $10 gift cards and you should win the draw; at that point, you will be emailed regarding details of the prize acceptance.

Benefits of the Study to the Participant:
You will be able to learn about the current trends, issues and outcomes in the treatment of psychopathic and borderline individuals. Your participation will assist in the formulation of better informed treatment protocols which address all the symptoms of psychopathy (not just the behavioral ones).   Your participation may also identify some potentially useful strategies for treating specific PPD and BPD symptoms or symptom clusters. Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a draw (should you choose to enter) to win one of four $50 gift cards or one of 20 $10 gift cards.

Risks of the Study to the Participant:
There are no physical, economic, or social risks associated with your participation in this study. You may feel slightly uncomfortable recalling past treatment sessions you undertook with a personality disordered client, and you can choose to take a break or end the survey at any time.  The researcher will offer you mental health resources to use at your discretion.
Obtaining Research Results:
You can obtain research results from Ashley A. Murray following the completion of the study (Fall 2014) via email at, or in writing at:
Attn: Ashley A. Murray  
SFU Psychology, RCB 5246
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC, Canada V5A 1S6
In addition, the researcher(s) will be happy to answer any questions you may have at any time during the course of the study.  
Principle Investigator: Ashley A. Murray, M.A.
Co-Investigator: Stephen D. Hart, Ph.D.

Please direct concerns or complaints to:
Dr. Dina Shafey  
Associate Director  
Office of Research Ethics or 778-782-9631

Please reference the study number when reporting a complaint: 2011s0629


I have read and understand the above information and I consent to participate in this survey