Anxiety Research

Genetic Links to Anxiety & Depression

Exciting new opportunity to engage in anxiety/depression research

Depression and anxiety are common but complex disorders whose research needs very large sample sizes. The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study launches this September and aims to recruit >40,000 individuals. Anyone age 16 years or older who has experienced anxiety or depression during their lives can join this recontactable database to facilitate future research. Participants will also join a national Mental Health BioResource and contribute to the largest ever single study of anxiety and depression.

How can I take part?

All enrollment takes place online at our website, An online animation explains the consent process with more detailed information in text format. Once you have provided consent and completed an online questionnaire you will be sent a saliva DNA sample kit to enable genetic studies.

We really hope you will join us in this important endeavour.


Ends 29/01/2028

How young women with anxiety understand and manage their anxiety in their everyday lives

Research aim
This research aims to work with young women with experiences of anxiety to explore their understandings and positive ways of managing anxiety in their everyday lives.Research criteria
To participate in this research, you need to:
• Be a woman aged 18-30 living in London or the East of England
• Have experienced anxiety that has had a negative and debilitating impact on your everyday life, within the last three years
• Have found positive ways to manage your anxiety in everyday life.Research information
Over four weeks, you will have the opportunity to write a reflective diary on your experiences of managing anxiety in everyday life, and any enablers or barriers for this. You may also use creative methods such as poetry, photography or drawing to help you reflect.
Your reflections will be discussed in an individual interview. You will also have the optional opportunity to meet with other participants to discuss findings and get the key messages out.Contact details
This research is being carried out by Anna Dadswell as part of a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University, supervised by Professor Carol Munn-Giddings and Dr Melanie Boyce. Please contact Anna by emailing or calling 01245 683531 if you are interested in taking part in this research or would like more information.

Ends 31/12/2020

Mothers’ and fathers’ perceptions of children’s risky play: An online survey study

The CAPE (Childhood, Attachment, Play and Emotions) Lab at University of Sussex is currently conducting research investigating mothers’ and fathers’ perceptions of their children’s risky play and the potential relationship between parental anxiety, child anxiety and children’s risky play experiences.

At this stage in our research we are looking for UK resident parents (aged 18 and above) with a typically developing child aged between 2-4 years old to take part in a short online survey.

The survey includes 3 new scales we have developed that aim to measure:

  • How frequently your child engages in different risky play activities;
  • Your beliefs about children’s risky play in general, and your child’s risky play specifically; and
  • How you might manage risk for your child, and how you might supervise their risky play.

You will also be asked to complete some well-established scales that ask questions about your general parenting behaviours, and also about your own and your child’s experience of anxiety and low mood.

The survey should take 30-45 minutes to complete and you can choose to provide your e-mail on a separate secure form to receive a £5 Amazon voucher for your participation.

You can access more information about the study and complete the survey here:

This research is being conducted by Toni Brown as part of a PhD at University of Sussex, supervised by Dr Kathryn Lester and Prof Robin Banerjee. If you have any questions about taking part, you can contact Toni by e-mailing

Ends 28/02/2020

List Your Anxiety Research

You can submit your anxiety research for listing on our website by filling out a submission form.