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:


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: Montana (416)-979-5000 ext. 2182


The Solve It Study: In this study, we are investigating the relationship between emotions, thinking styles and interpersonal problem-solving. We are looking for people who describe themselves as being relatively low in worry and anxiety. A brief phone screen (which participants will not be compensated for) is required to determine if you are eligible to participate. If eligible, you will be asked to come to our lab for a single visit ( 2 hours in length) to complete a few questionnaires, concentration tasks, and problem-solving writing tasks on a computer. Compensation for this study is up to $20.00 if the full visit is completed.

Study Contact: Judit (416)-979-5000 ext. 2188


Training Thinking Styles Study: Research has shown that unhelpful “thinking styles” can lead to chronic worry and anxiety. In this study, we are examining the immediate and short term effects of training more helpful “thinking styles” on worry and anxiety. We are looking for people who describe themselves as chronic worriers. This study involves a phone screen in order to determine whether you are eligible to participate. If you are eligible to participate you will be invited to the lab to take part in the study. Participation involves 3 visits to Ryerson University (the first visit is up to 2 hours in length, the rest of the visits are 1.5 hours each), which are spread out over a 3 week period. In addition, you will be asked to complete 7 days of at-home activities in between visits 1 and 2 (approx. 30 minutes/day). Compensation for this study is up to $80.00 if all visits are completed.

Study Contact: Bailee (416)-979-5000 ext. 2188 or


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.