Shame Memories, Identity and Well-being

My name is Gemma McDonnell and I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist studying at the University of East London. You are invited to take part in a research study, which I am completing as part of my Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Shame is an emotion we all experience, but for some people the experience of shame is more intense and persistent. This study aims to understand the impact of shame on well-being and the way people view themselves (i.e., self-identity). It is hoped the findings will help shape the type of support available to individuals who experience high levels of shame in adulthood.

If you would like to take part, you will be asked to complete questionnaires via a secure online survey. This should take approximately 30 minutes. The second part of the study is optional and would involve meeting me at the University of East London (Stratford Campus) to complete a task about how you view yourself. The task should take approximately 25 minutes and we would arrange a date and time that is convenient for you.

In appreciation of your time, you will be offered the opportunity to win a £20 Amazon voucher through a prize draw. If you complete both parts of the study, you will be entered into the draw twice to increase your likelihood of winning the voucher.

To take part in the study, you need to be aged between 18-65 and have some fluency in English to understand and respond to written instructions.

If you are interested in taking part, please click on the link below to find out further information:

If you have any questions about the study, please contact me on

The University of East London Ethics Committee has approved the study (see attached document).