Anxiety Research

EQUITy: Enhancing the quality of psychological interventions delivered by telephone

The EQUITy programme is a £2.4 million research programme funded by the National Institute of Health Research’s Programme Grants for Applied Research funding stream. It aims to improve the way psychological therapies for depression and anxiety are delivered by telephone so that we can ensure that people receive the care that they need.

Depression and anxiety are common mental health problems that can cause substantial difficulties for people who experience them. The NHS has created an innovative psychological therapy service called Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT), to help people with these conditions. EQUITy is working closely with patients and professionals to ensure the work is acceptable to the people accessing IAPT services and those supporting patients.

If you would like to take part or would like further information about the programme you can email us at


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Ends:1st October 2023

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

Covid Anxiety Project (CAP)

While it is normal to be worried about COVID, people with COVID anxiety become so worried they cannot function properly. These individuals spend a lot of time worrying about their health, and thinking about COVID may make them feel unwell or keep them awake at night.

Imperial College London is leading a study that aims to find out how best to help people who experience these problems. If you or someone you know is experiencing these problems, we encourage you to go to take part in our research via our online survey: or call 020 7594 3253 to be contacted by a member of the research team.

Volunteers will first be asked 5 questions to assess the scale of their anxiety towards COVID. People with high scores will be asked to complete the full survey, which asks a range of questions about participants’ thoughts and feelings about COVID. The full survey will take around 20-30 minutes to complete.

Further information about the study can be found at:

Ends 1st Dec 2021

Mothers’ and fathers’ perceptions of their kids’ risky play: An online vignette study

The CAPE (Childhood, Attachment, Play and Emotions) Lab at University of Sussex is conducting research that investigates the potential relationship between parental anxiety, child anxiety and children’s experiences of risky and adventurous play.

We are currently inviting UK resident mums and dads with a child aged 2-7 (not yet in Year 3) to complete an online study about their child’s risky and adventurous play.

The study will involve reading different risky and adventurous play scenarios and then answering questions about each scenario. You will also be asked questions about your beliefs about children’s risky play, your child’s engagement in risky and adventurous play, and how you supervise their play. Additionally, you’ll be asked some questions about you and your child’s feelings of anxiety and low mood.

The survey should take 30-45mins to complete and you can choose to provide your e-mail address to receive a £5 Amazon voucher for your participation.

You can access the survey here to find out more information and take part:

If you have any questions about taking part, feel free to contact the lead researcher, Toni Brown (

Does your child have Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms/Disorder (OCD)?

The University of Reading are conducting a study to see if supporting parents/carers to apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques at home helps to reduce OCD symptoms in children.

This study is relevant to you if:

  • Your child is aged 5 to 12 years old
  • Your child has OCD or you think your child may have OCD

What will I be asked to do?

  • Complete short screening questions
  • Attend interviews to see if your child has OCD and some other common difficulties.
  • Fill out short weekly questionnaires for 3, 4 or 5 weeks.
  • Receive 6 to 8 treatment sessions with a therapist and complete activities at home with your child.
  • Attend follow-up interviews to see if your child’s symptoms have reduced.

What will my child be asked to do?

  • Your child can attend the interviews with you to help us to understand their experiences of OCD. Your child’s attendance at these interviews is optional.
  • Complete activities at home with you.

For more information visit:

Contact: Chloe Chessell

Ends 31st March 2022

Children with OCD: Identifying Acceptable Support Strategies for Parents           

(This study was given ethical approval by West of Scotland Research Ethics Committee 3 on 16/10/2020 (Ethics Ref no: 20/WS/0131)

Would you like to take part in an online workshop to help develop better support for parents of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

We are looking for:

·      Parents/carers*(including mothers & fathers) of children with OCD age 8-18 who live in the UK

·      Professionals working in the UK in any setting (e.g. health, education, third sector) who support children with OCD age 8-18

This 2 ½ hour online workshop will take place entirely online (guidance will be given) between 10-12:30  on the 26th October 2021**

To request a study information sheet or for further details, please contact our study researcher:

Emma Sowden                                                                                                  

Tel: 07795 612178


* Parents/carers will be compensated for their time.

** This workshop will not involve any face-to- face work due to restrictions relating to Covid-19.

Lived experiences of social anxiety during COVID-19

This research explores how your experiences of social anxiety have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the impact of lockdowns, isolation, social distancing measures and, more recently, society re-opening.

The definition of social anxiety used is broad and includes any anxieties and/or distress you may experience across a wide range of social interactions, situations and spaces. The survey questions explore how the pandemic has affected you, your relationships with others and social space, as well as your support networks and coping strategies. Your lived experience is very important to this research and you can participate whether you have a formal diagonsis or not. The survey will take around 20-30 minutes to complete.

This survey is primarily aimed at those who were living with social anxiety prior to the pandemic. However, if you have been experiencing new anxieties and/or distress related to social life, the pandemic and society re-opening, please get in touch with me via e-mail, I would like to hear from you.

Survey link:

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Ethics approval

Ethics approval has been obtained by the University of Glasgow’s Research Ethics Committee (no: 300200085) and the project follows research ethics guidance set out by the University of Glasgow and the project funders, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


Ends 05/10/21

The effectiveness of person-centred, psychodynamic and integrative therapies on anxiety in UK primary health practices

My name is Eszter Shenoy, and I am conducting research as part of my Psychology dissertation at Arden University into “The effectiveness of person-centred, psychodynamic and integrative therapies on anxiety in UK primary health practices”

I would like to invite you to participate in my study if you are:

  • A qualified counsellor/psychotherapist
  • Your approach is either person-centred, psychodynamic, or integrative
  • You use GAD-7 form to assess the severity of anxiety of your clients

The study will be conducted through online questionnaire and should not take longer than 10 minutes if you have the details ready to just type in.

If you would like to take part in my study, please follow this link:

If you would like more information about the study before participating, please do not hesitate to contact me on:

This study has received approval from the Psychology Ethics Committee at Arden University and conducted in accordance with BPS ethical framework.

Ends 27/09/21

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