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Would you like to take part in a study exploring a new approach to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Are you interested in taking part in a novel study regarding the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on symptoms related to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and contributing to science?

Researchers are recruiting people with OCD local to Hertfordshire or Southampton in the UK to participate in research investigating effects of transcranial direct current stimulation as a potential new approach to reducing symptoms. Transcranial direct current stimulation involves delivering a very small electric current to stimulate areas of the brain, via an electrode placed on the scalp. It has been found to be well tolerated and helpful for people affected by different conditions such as depression and chronic pain. It has not so far been rigorously studied in people with OCD.

There are three conditions in this study; these options involve either stimulating one of two different areas of the brain or using an inactive (fake) stimulation. All participants in the study will receive all three conditions. These conditions will occur over the course of 8 weeks. The study will last 12 weeks in total including the last follow up planned 28 days after the final stimulation.

If you are at all interested in participating or finding out more, for Hertfordshire please telephone OCD Team administrator Janine Hopkins (01707 364055) or e-mail the study co-ordinator Ms Roisin Mooney (, for Southampton telephone the University Department of Psychiatry 02382 310 764 or email Dr Hugo Amaro (, for a copy of the study information sheet, or to arrange to talk to a member of the study team.

Volunteers with OCD needed

This study, by Anglia Ruskin University, looks at how obsessions and compulsions are experienced in people’s everyday life. You must have an official diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and aged 18-75 to participate in the study. You must own and have access to an Android smartphone (not an Apple iPhone) which you can keep close by for the duration of the study.

The project involves:
1. A brief screening assessment on the phone (20 min)
2. Completing an online questionnaires (15-20 min)
3. Downloading and using a research app on your phone where, for 10 days, you will rate your experiences several times throughout the day. Rating takes less than a minute to complete for an average of in total 5-6 min a day
4. Answering a survey online about your experience (5 min)
5. You will receive £20 Amazon voucher for your participation.

For further information, please contact

Teenagers With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

The University of Cambridge is looking for individuals with OCD between the ages of 12 and 19 to participate in a study about how young people with OCD learn, make decisions, and control their actions.

You would be asked to do:

  • a few tasks on a laptop computer
  • a few questionnaires
  • a short interview with a psychiatrist.

The study takes about 3 hours. You can either travel to Cambridge or the researcher can travel to your town. For your time, the University of Cambridge will pay you £24 and will reimburse you for travel expenses.
For more information please contact Aleya Marzuki (

The University of Cambridge is recruiting OCD patients for an experimental study

Inclusion criteria:
• 16 to 65 years old
• Have a primary diagnosis of OCD and no additional psychiatric disorders (e.g. depression, ADHD, autism)
• Are a native or fluent English-speaker
• Have normal or corrected-to-normal vision
• Have no current or previous alcohol or drug dependence

You will be asked to:
• Attend two testing sessions (one will include a brain scan); three hours each session
• Fill in some questionnaires and complete computerised games
• Practice a motor skill at home
• Have an interview with a psychiatrist

The study will take about seven hours in total. You will be compensated for your time (~£100) and reimbursed for travel expenses. Testing will take place at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

For more information, please contact Dr Paula Banca.
Telephone: 01223 330 272

Smartphone Psychology Study

Healthy volunteers WANTED for a paid research study at the University of Cambridge

The study consists of two visits (one week apart) at our laboratory where you will complete questionnaires, computer-based cognitive tests (1-2 hours/visit), record a video of yourself, and be exposed to potentially anxiety inducing objects. Between the visits you will perform brief tasks on your smartphone, a few times a day. You must be between 18-65 years to partake in this study, and should own a smartphone (Android/iPhone). Volunteers will be paid for completion of the study (£7.5 per hour), and travel expenses will be covered. The study will take place at the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI), Downing site (City Centre).

This study involves doing a short questionnaire online (ca. 5 min). Depending on your answers, we may invite you for a brief phone interview to determine your eligibility to participate in the study.


You can NOT participate if you are currently pregnant, are suffering from any current or past mental illness, or physical illness, or taking medication.

For more information, please contact Mr. Baland Jalal at or 07533 969609

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