Be a Participant in a Research Study

Are you a worrier?

We are currently recruiting participants who describe themselves as worriers. Do you spend a lot of time worrying about many different things? Does worrying make it hard to enjoy your life? Do other people say you worry too much? Do you find it difficult to control your worrying? Are you between 18 and 65 years old?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in the following studies:

Training Mental Habits Study: In this study, we are investigating the short-term and immediate effects of training mental habits on those who experience chronic and excessive worry. The study involves a 30 minute phone interview in order to determine whether you are eligible to participate. Participation will involve four visits to our lab located at Ryerson University (very close to Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto) as well as 7 days of at-home activities that will take place between Visits 1 and 2. During the study, you will be asked to complete activities like questionnaires, computer tasks, and possibly a training task.

The 4 study visits will take place over a period of 6 weeks with the first three visits being spaced apart by one week each and the fourth and final visit being three weeks after the third. The first visits will be up to 3.5 hours in length but the remaining visits will just be about 1 hour in length. The at-home activities will just take up to half an hour per day to complete. The total compensation for the study is up to $95 if all visits are completed.
Study Contact: Montana (416)979-5000 ext. 2182


Tune Out From Worry Study: In this study, we are examining the effect of listening to a brief recording of sounds on worry. For this study we are looking for people who report experiencing high levels of worry. The study involves a 20-to-30 minute phone interview in order to determine whether individuals are eligible to participate. If found to be eligible, participation will involve making 3 visits to our laboratory at Ryerson University, each spaced a week apart (e.g., three consecutive Tuesdays), as well as completing daily at home activities for the 14 days between the lab visits (no more than 20 minutes per day).

During lab visits you will be asked to complete questionnaires about your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. You will also be asked to complete some attention tasks on the computer. Participants in this experiment are randomly assigned to one of two conditions. The only difference between the two conditions is that the recordings are slightly different. The at home activities involve answering 6 brief questions about your worry that day, every evening for two weeks, as well as listening to the recording for your condition, once per day during the second week. Compensation for this study is up to $60.00 if all visits are completed
Study Contact: Katie (416) 979-5000 ext. 2188


The Scripts Study: If you are found to be eligible and take part in the study, you will be asked to make a total of 5 in-person visits to our laboratory at Ryerson University, which will unfold over a period of 6 weeks. The first visit is 1.5 hours, and the rest of the visits are brief (only 30 minutes). Visits involve completing questionnaires about current emotional and psychological experiences, as well as completing a writing task. In addition to these visits, we will also ask you to keep a very brief worry and emotion diary during the first 14 days of the study which you will complete online via a link that is emailed to you twice per day.Outside of the in-person visits, you will also complete a set of questionnaires online on two separate occasions, spaced approximately 1 week apart. You will earn up to $95 depending on how many phases of the study you complete.
Study Contact: Melina (416)979-5000 ext. 2188


All study appointments will take place at 105 Bond Street at Ryerson University. If you would like more information about any of these studies, please call the contact person listed next to the study you’re interested in, or email with the name of the study in the subject line.

All queries are confidential. A phone screen (which participants will not be compensated for) is required for all studies to determine eligibility.

All studies have been approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board.