Track Your Worry Study

Are you a worrier?

  • Do you have a habit of worrying about many different things – for example, work/school, health, finances, day-to-day tasks?
  • Does worrying interfere with your life – making it hard to enjoy things, or causing sleeplessness, tension, or difficulty concentrating?
  • Do other people say you worry too much?
  • Do you find it difficult to control your worrying?
  • Are you: between the ages of 18 and 65 years?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study on chronic worry at Ryerson University. You will be compensated for your participation, if you are eligible.

What does the study involve?

This study is investigating the ways in which learning to recognize and track your worry patterns may affect your experience of worry and anxiety.

The study involves a 20-to-25 minute phone interview in order to determine whether you are eligible to participate. If you are found to be eligible, participation will involve making 3, 1.5 to 2-hour visits to our laboratory at Ryerson University, spaced every 2 weeks, over the course of 1 month. During lab visits you will be asked to complete questionnaires about your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. You will also be asked to complete a series of concentration tasks on the computer. Participants in this experiment are randomly assigned to one of three conditions. In two of these conditions, during the two weeks in between visit 1 and 2 participants are asked to complete brief daily questionnaires on a smartphone, and in one of these conditions participants  are also asked to spend 30 minutes per day practicing a worry tracking technique. You will be compensated for your participation.

Get in touch!

If you are interested in taking part in the phone screen, or would like more information, please contact Kathleen at

All queries are confidential. This study has been approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board.