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Research Participation Information

OCD-UK value the importance of clinical research aimed at furthering the understanding of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety illnesses. In the last few years we have supported research into all aspects of OCD, from scientific studies through to the impact of OCD on families and the creation of new treatments.  We have also supported investigations into the cause of OCD.

OCD Research.We believe it is vital that people with OCD are given the opportunity to participate in OCD research and help influence our research policy.

Each year we receive dozens of requests for our members to take part in various studies, but OCD-UK have a very stringent policy in listing research requests in order to protect our members' rights, dignity, well-being, very valuable time and, of course safety.

Therefore, OCD-UK will only ever list those research projects that have received NHS ethical approval (please note this differs to university ethical bodies) and/or which our research panel feels will make a significant difference, without carrying any potential risk to our members.

OCD-UK believe our policy on listing research requests ensures our members and community can have confidence in participation. The research we take such care to list will only be beneficial with the support of participants. So, if you are able to help, please do spare a few minutes of your time to browse the research opportunities.

There are several ways that you can help:

  • Helping to shape the future of OCD-UK’s research into the cause, diagnosis and treatment of OCD by participating in one of the listed research proposals.
  • Sharing your experience of living with OCD to influence researchers.
  • Influencing the OCD-UK research policy by participating in our research panel focus groups.

The following research projects are all endorsed by OCD-UK and we encourage your participation should you feel able to help the researchers.

Weekly or Intensive CBT treatment?

OCD researchers Josie Millar and Paul Salkovskis from the University of Bath need your feedback and help in determining your views on the prospect of undertaking Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in either the usual 'weekly' format or in a more time 'intensive' format.

They are interested in finding out your views on this and whether both of these treatment formats are viewed as acceptable to people and which one people would prefer if given a choice. This information is important to find out, as it will help them think about how treatment should be delivered and the options that should be available to people who have OCD and are considering seeking treatment.

Both Josie and Paul have always been incredibly supportive of OCD-UK and we would very much welcome your time in taking part in their online research survey.
Participation in this study is completely voluntary, it is up to you to decide if you would like to take part. Even if you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time and without having to give a reason.

For further details and to participate please visit their website at:


Article posted on: Thu, 23/02/2017 - 12:44pm

Research Project: Development of questionnaires to assess health beliefs in OCD

Do you have a diagnosis of OCD?

Friend of OCD-UK, Rebecca Pedley is looking for your help. She is looking for people with OCD (age 16+) to take part in a research study about how people understand OCD, she explains why below:

We are looking for people with OCD (age 16+) to take part in a research study about how people understand their mental health problem. We think this is important because research has shown that our understanding of health problems can affect how we cope with that condition.

We hope that the findings will inform us about ways of managing OCD that may help sufferers to cope better.

For more information about taking part visit this link:

Alternatively, to request a postal pack or to discuss any aspect of the study, contact Rebecca Pedley who is undertaking this research as part of her PhD project.

Article posted on: Fri, 13/01/2017 - 2:00pm

Anxiety during pregnancy or postnatal period

Research by The study is being conducted by Dr Fiona Challacombe at King’s College London and the Maudsley Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT).


A survey of women’s experiences of anxiety diagnosis and treatment.

Perinatal anxiety is very common, but appears to be under-recognised. There is currently very little information about the identification and treatment of perinatal anxiety (anxiety that occurs during pregnancy or after the baby is born). We are conducting a survey to find out about women’s experiences of anxiety diagnosis and treatment during pregnancy and the postnatal period in order to identify helpful practice and also areas which might be improved.

Article posted on: Tue, 17/03/2015 - 12:24pm

Betrayal, depression and anxiety

University of Bath
Research by Rowena Pagdin, Dr Falguni Nathwani & Prof. Paul Salkovskis, University of Bath

People with OCD needed to help with research looking at interpersonal relationships and mood disorders.

Thank you for showing your interest in this research project. I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Bath working alongside Dr Falguni Nathwani and Professor Paul Salkovskis. We are looking for people who are currently experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) who would like to take part in this study.

What is the purpose of the study?
Most people experience difficulties in their relationships from time to time; we have all been let down by people we trust. However, some experiences in relationships can leave a lasting impact on how we feel about ourselves, other people, and the world around us, The main purpose of this research is to measure if people with low mood or certain types of anxiety have been let down by others more often than those without depression or anxiety.

Article posted on: Sun, 18/01/2015 - 2:05pm

The Impact of Perceptions of OCD on Individuals with OCD and their family and friends.

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Research by Sian Dallimore, Dr Claire Lomax & Prof. Paul Salkovskis, University of Bath

Thank you for showing your interest in this research project. I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Bath working alongside Dr Claire Lomax and Prof. Paul Salkovskis. We are looking for people who are currently experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and a family member or friend who would like to take part in this study.

January Update:
Huge thanks to everyone who has taken part so far. Prof Paul Salkovskis and Sian Dallimore are still looking for another 35 people who suffer with OCD and their family member or friend to take part in research aiming to better understand the family impact of OCD. If you're interested, take a look at the further information and please get in touch!

Article posted on: Sat, 17/01/2015 - 3:22pm

Research Participation Opportunity - Hoarding

Hoarding Research - University of Bath
Research by Professor Paul Salkovskis, Dr James Gregory and Dr Claire Lomax from the University of Bath


We would like to invite you to consider participating in a research study that aims to develop our understanding of Compulsive Hoarding.

Compulsive Hoarding has recently been categorised as its own disorder, separate from OCD. With this development, more research is needed to increase our understanding of how the disorder starts and develops over an individuals’ lifetime. When individuals present for treatment, we don’t know whether the difficulties they show are due to the Hoarding problem, or whether they are due to other problems that have developed over the years.

We wish to talk to people who have both had the problem for a relatively short time and those for a relatively long time in an attempt to compare their experiences.

Article posted on: Fri, 29/08/2014 - 3:33pm

Development and Validation of the Reassurance Seeking Questionnaire

Please do support Brynjar by taking part in this research
Research by Brynjar Halldorsson, University of Bath

Seeking reassurance is something we all do; and for a good reason - when someone we trust tells us not to worry we tend to feel better. However, very little is known about the function of reassurance seeking in the context of emotional problems.

For this reason we have developed a new questionnaire – The Reassurance Seeking Questionnaire – that we hope will help us to understand better what reassurance seeking does to feelings of anxiety, how people seek reassurance and what motivates them to seek it and its perceived impact on people’s relationships.

We aim to compare reassurance seeking across people experiencing various emotional problems with the aim to explore and compare similarities and differences of the function of reassurance across different groups. It is our hope that increased understanding of reassurance will directly impact on treatment development for emotional problems.

Article posted on: Mon, 18/08/2014 - 12:50pm

New Hoarding Research - Feedback request

OCD specialists, and friends of OCD-UK, Dr Claire Lomax and Professor Paul Salkovskis are hoping to begin new research into hoarding later this year, and need your help to define the research.

The researchers would be very grateful to hear from anyone who may have experienced hoarding and/or OCD problems for any feedback you might have on this research. The feedback consists of four questions.

Article posted on: Mon, 06/01/2014 - 11:07am

Reassurance Seeking in Emotional Disorders

Reassurance Seeking in Emotional Disorders
Research by Brynjar Halldorsson, University of Bath

Reassurance Seeking in Emotional Disorders

When we feel distressed we often turn to someone we trust for reassurance as the trusted person’s response often makes us feel better. Although reassurance seeking is something we all do and we often find helpful, it seems that in some instances this behaviour can create more problems than solutions. However, this shift from being helpful to becoming a problem is poorly understood.

This particular study aims to investigate reassurance seeking in people experiencing emotional disorders. We are particularly interested in exploring similarities between ‘reassurance seeking’ and ‘support seeking’ with the hope to gain insight into how people seek reassurance and support, what motivates them to seek it and not seek it, and its perceived impact on people’s feelings and behaviours. This study is part of a body of research that seeks to develop better understanding of and treatment for emotional disorders.

Article posted on: Thu, 06/12/2012 - 4:00am

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