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App-based study looking at how people experience distressful worries and anxieties about becoming contaminated (in general and with Covid-19), and how relatives can support them throughout their daily lives

Anglia Ruskin University is looking for participants for a real-time app-based study looking at how people experience distressful worries and anxieties about becoming contaminated (in general and with Covid-19), and how relatives can support them throughout their daily lives.

They are recruiting pairs of participants – those with contamination fears and their chosen relative – and they are offering a token of appreciation for their participation. The study has received ethics approval by the School Research Ethics Policy and the Code of Practice for Applying for Ethical Approval at Anglia Ruskin University.  

Below are the participant and relative adverts. Please contact nela.wiedermannova@aru.ac.uk if you are interested in participating.

Study investigating the effects of median nerve stimulation at the wrist on OCD symptoms

The School of Psychology, University of Nottingham are looking for participants with a diagnosis of OCD who live in the UK and are aged 12 years old or older to take part in a study investigating the effects of median nerve stimulation at the wrist on OCD symptoms. They have previously shown the effectiveness of this technique in reducing the urge to tic in Tourette syndrome:(https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32502412/) (https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-nottinghamshire-52983369). 

For more information regarding their research, please visit their website: https://tsresearchuon.wixsite.com/jackson-lab/get-involved.

Understanding Thoughts and Behaviours in Emetophobia and Panic – Online Survey

The University of Oxford is investigating the differential diagnostic profiles of panic disorder and emetophobia in young people. They are looking to recruit young people (11-17 years) with emetophobia, panic disorder and healthy controls.

Emetophobia? Emetophobia is a fear of throwing up. Emetophobia can have huge overlaps with OCD.

You can participate in the survey here.

Latin American OCD Research Study

The Storch Lab at the Baylor College of Medicine is conducting a study looking at OCD individuals of Latin American descent aged 7-89 years old with symptoms of OCD.

Their research goals are:

  • Identify genetic factors contributing to the development of OCD
  • Diversify ancestry represented in OCD research
  • Improve OCD treatment in the future

Who can participate in this research study?

  • has at least 1 grandparent who identifies as Latino/Hispanic
  • is 7 – 89 years old
  • has experienced symptoms of OCD now or in the past. No official OCD diagnosis is required

What happens when you enrol in the study?

  • Informed consent: a team member will tell you about the study and answer any questions you have then you will be invited to sign a consent form if you wish to participate
  • OCD Assessment: they will ask you some questions about your OCD symptoms and other questions related to mental health
  • Spit DNA Collection: you will either provide a spit sample in person or sent it to them via mail in a kit provided

Contact latinostudy@bcm.edu if you are interested!

Biohaven OCD Study – join the latest clinical trial

Are you aged between 18 – 65 and have OCD?

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is looking for participants for their clinical trial. The purpose of their trial is to test the study medication Troriluzole which is being tested for OCD.

The study is for you if:

  • You are aged 18 – 65
  • You have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • You have had symptoms for at least 1 year
  • You feel your current medication isn’t working

If you are interested use the QR code on the flyer below or email ocdtrial@gmmh.nhs.uk.

Please use this link to register interest: https://researchforyou.co.uk/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-study/?utm_source=Charity_Partnership&utm_medium=OCDaction&utm_campaign=MAC124_OCDaction_Website_V1_001

OCD Study: to examine those with OCD who have had at least one inpatient hospitalization

The OCD & Related Disorders lab at Baylor College of Medicine is conducting a study to examine the experiences of individuals with OCD who have had at least one inpatient hospitalization. Participation involves answering questions in an online survey about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to inpatient hospital stay(s).

They are recruiting participants who are:

  • at least 18 years of age
  • have received a diagnosis of OCD
  • have had at least one inpatient hospitalization for mental health concerns lasting at least 24 hours

This study is being conducted by Dr. Eric Storch, Ph.D. at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. For more information, please contact the study coordinator, Saira Weinzimmer at 713-798-3080 or email: saira.weinzimmer@bcm.edu.

Note: Health information shared online is not secure. Please do not respond to this email with any private or personal health information.

Please use the below link if you are interested in participating:


Post-lockdown Mental Health Study

Lockdown is easing at last, but perhaps you (or someone you know) is having problems adjusting – maybe even experiencing FOGO (Fear Of Going Out)?

Would you like to help us understand this issue better by taking part in a study led by the University of Hertfordshire? They are investigating why some people are finding it difficult to adjust to the easing of pandemic restrictions. Participation would involve completing a brief online survey with questions relating to coping and thinking styles. The results of this research will inform further research and support interventions in the field of mental health in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can access the study from here: https://research.sc/participant/login/dynamic/912BD473-D262-4654-ACFD-74801AD4E21C

Survey for those with OCD on their perspective on neurocircuitry-based procedures

Dr. Nicole McLaughlin and Gabriela Rivera work at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. They are seeking to gain a better understanding of the knowledge of and attitudes toward neurocircuitry-based procedures in those with OCD. They would appreciate your time in filling out their survey to help them reach this goal, no matter your level of knowledge or expertise on the topic. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Have you been diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? For many patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), medication and/or CBT and ERP are effective treatment options. For some, these treatments are ineffective, and they are severely disabled by their OCD. Psychiatric neurocircuitry-based procedures (e.g., TMS, neurosurgery) represent one treatment modality that may be available for individuals not amenable to standard treatments. We are seeking to gain a better understanding of the knowledge of and attitudes toward neurocircuitry-based procedures in those with OCD. We would appreciate your time in filling out this survey to help us reach this goal, no matter your level of knowledge or expertise on the topic.”  

Survey: https://redcap.carene.org/surveys/?s=FXA4HHDEKE

The Effect of Difficult Interpersonal Memories on Emotional Responses

The Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research is looking for volunteers aged 18 and over to participate in research that will take approximately 1 hour, it will involve a short telephone discussion, an experimental task via video and completion of questionnaires.

They are aiming to explore how bringing to mind memories of difficult interpersonal experiences affects peoples’ emotional responses.

They hope that by trying to understand how memories of difficult interpersonal experiences affect emotional responses, they may be better able to tailor assessments and psychological treatments.

The Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research are keen to hear both from people with obsessional problems, and those without any current experience of mental health difficulties.

Please contact sam.french@hmc.ox.ac.uk if you are interested.

MAC Clinical Research Study – A Potential New Treatment/Drug for OCD (Troriluzole)

MAC Clinical Research is running a clinical research trial at their sites at Cannock, Liverpool, Blackpool and Barnsley sites studying a potential new treatment for OCD.  The study drug, Troriluzole, targets the glutamatergic signalling pathway in the brain which is overactive in people with OCD.  

The study will run for approximately four months. This includes taking the study medication daily for ten weeks and requires 7 visits to the clinic for check-ups to see if your OCD symptoms improve and how well you cope with taking the drug (any side-effects). Upon completion of the study participants will be offered an opportunity to enter the Open Label Extension study and receive the study medication free of charge for 1 year.

To be eligible to take part in this study you must be between 18 and 65, have been diagnosed with OCD or have had symptoms of OCD (even if you don’t have a formal diagnosis) for at least a year and be taking an OCD medication that you do not feel is fully helping with your condition. Further restrictions may apply depending on your medical history. If you take part in the study, you will be compensated for your time and reasonable travel costs will be covered.

If you are interested please call UK Freephone: 0800 917 7679

OCD & Exercise Study

The University of Hertfordshire is looking for adults between 18-55 years old who do less than 60 minutes of physical activity a week to take part in their study.  The study is looking at the feasibility of delivering a virtual squat fitness test.  The study involves 3 sessions each taking between 20-30 minutes. The first session will be done via Zoom and you can do it in your own home, then the next two will be randomised and one will be done at home via zoom and one will be done at the Institute of Sports Building at the University of Hertfordshire. On each occasion you will do up to about 30 squats in 45 seconds. 

On completion of the study they will give you £20 of Love2Shop vouchers as well as a short report on your results which gives you your fitness levels.

This study is to help develop the research design for exercise studies for groups of people such as those with OCD who would prefer to do exercise from their home.

This study is for anyone and if you are interested in taking part, please email Lindsay Bottoms at: l.bottoms@hert.ac.uk 

Partcipants needed for Research in Touch & Space

City, University of London is looking for participants to take part in an online study investigating responses to touch and personal space following COVID-19 physical distancing measures. As a participant in this study, you would be asked to:

  • View and rate a selection of 16 short videos (10s) depicting instances of touch and personal space. Your participation would involve 1 online session, of which will be approximately 25 minutes.

For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact:

Prof. Tina Foster (Supervisor), Department of Psychology, at b.forster@city.ac.uk

Emma McFadden (Researcher), Department of Psychology, at emma.mcfadden@city.ac.uk

Manchester Metropolitan University Study: Single Session Behavioural Activation Training Programme online for OCD

Manchester Metropolitan University is conducting research around a brief training programme to understand its delivery using digital online resources (in a single session) for individuals impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and self-assessed as having OCD symptoms.

What will I be asked to do? 

You will be asked to complete a single online training programme lasting approximately 30 minutes on one occasion, and then complete follow-up questions on three occasions, each lasting 10 minutes. The training programme is very low-risk, focusing on your thoughts, moods and behaviour in helping to set some positive goals for the future. 

The programme requires no deep thinking and we won’t ask you to specifically detail any issues or problems you are having and why you are having them. The training programme is a straightforward approach to looking to the future positively. To assess this, we are asking you to engage in answering some questions so that you can produce some goals. The aim of the training programme is to teach you about ways to set goals and make plans for the future.

Participate in research on OCD at the University of Cambridge

Hello! We are a Research Group at the University of Cambridge, primarily focused on understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. For this, we are running many research experiments that will allow us to gather a complete picture of OCD, from behaviour to brain imaging, brain metabolites and brain waves. If you are interested or know someone that might be, please contact us! You are our best source of information to elucidate this highly debilitating disorder and we really appreciate your contribution. Please follow our Facebook page to know more!

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 experiencestudy10@gmail.com.

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 (aa2017@cam.ac.uk).

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.
Email: pmdob2@cam.ac.uk
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 bj272@cam.ac.uk or 07533 969609

Brain Explorer App

Brain Explorer https://brainexplorer.net/) with many entertaining games probe brain functions. Goal of this citizen science project is that people with and without OCD play these fun games, and at the same time help us better understand the brain functions underlying OCD.

Given that OCD is a neglected disorder and that research is seriously underfunded, this is an innovative project and a unique opportunity to better understand OCD, and to raise awareness of OCD in the wider publics.

Investigating the Role of Intrusive Mental Imagery in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Experimental Study

Ethics Approval reference number: R70783/RE001

Background of our study: We are investigating the role of mental imagery in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Mental images are the pictures, sounds, smells, and other sensory information that run through our minds when we have a thought or feeling. Troubling mental imagery is understood to be an important feature of many mental health problems, and it is commonly reported by people who experience obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, to date there has been little research investigating the potential role that intrusive mental imagery plays in obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Aims of study: We are hoping to develop a deeper understanding of how mental imagery may contribute to distress in obsessive and compulsive problems, with the hope of helping future research enhance treatments for people experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

Who can participate? We are interested in hearing from people aged 18 years and over, from anywhere in the UK, who identify as having obsessional and compulsive problems.

What will participants be asked to do? Participants will be asked to complete a series of anonymous online questionnaires. (30-40 minutes)

Our study website has full details of the project:

New Online Study on the Effects of Lockdown

The University of Hertfordshire is running an online study investigating why some people are finding it difficult to adjust to the easing of lockdown restrictions. They are asking participants to fill out an online survey with questions relating to how you are coping and your thinking style.

This survey is open to those over 18 years and it should take 30 minutes to complete. All answers will be kept anonymous.

This study is not exclusively directed to individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder, but they would like to have a good number of participants with OCD to enrich their sample size and possibly run some subgroup analyses specifically on this group. Click here to take part.

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