Research Study

Recruiting adults (ages 18-65) with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and adults with social anxiety disorder for a study exploring the ways that people manage their worries. Please see below for more detail.

Title Worry Strategies Study
Objective The Interpersonal Lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is conducting a study to investigate different strategies that people use to manage their worries, including what leads people to use each strategy and how effective each strategy is at reducing feelings of anxiety or discomfort.
Additional Details Participation involves taking part in three Zoom sessions and completing seven brief daily surveys that are sent to you via text. All together, participation should take a maximum of four hours spread across two weeks. Participants receive a $60 gift card for completing the study in its entirety.

Participation is voluntary and confidential. All study procedures have been approved by UBC’s Behavioural Research Ethics Board (ethics ID H20-02430).

Eligibility Criteria Three groups of adults are being recruited for this research study:

  • Adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), who have distressing intrusive thoughts and compulsive or ritualistic behaviours as their primary mental health concern.
  • Adults with social anxiety disorder, who have significant anxiety in social interactions (or when observed by others) as their primary mental health concern.

ALL participants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Between 18-65 years of age
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Use a smartphone with internet access
  • No severe depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, psychosis, or difficulties with substance use
  • No cognitive impairment (e.g., recent concussion)
  • Currently living in British Columbia
Contact Info If you are interested in participating in this study and meet the eligibility criteria above, please send an email to [email protected] with:

  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Where you saw this ad (Anxiety Canada website)
  • Your availability for a 15-20 minute phone interview. We will use this phone interview to confirm that you are eligible for the study.

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