Who are we?

Anxiety Studies Division Researchers 2017

We are full time faculty members in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Psychology who have a shared interest in understanding the development and persistence of anxiety problems. Currently, the Anxiety Studies Division includes Dr. Christine Purdon and Dr. David Moscovitch, the graduate students they supervise, and the research assistants who work for them.

Dr. Christine Purdon is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo.

Dr. David Moscovitch is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo and is the Executive Director of the Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR).

Graduate researchers

Drs. Purdon and Moscovitch supervise the research of MA/PhD students who have completed their 4-year undergraduate honours degrees in psychology and are receiving specialized training in research and treatment of psychological problems.

More information about our current graduate researchers can be found here.

Research assistants

We also hire Research Assistants (RAs) to help with intake and administration. They are carefully selected and well trained to ensure that they operate in accordance with standards for professional conduct. Their work is overseen by the graduate researchers and by Drs. Purdon and Moscovitch.

Kerri Adams is our Anxiety Studies Division research coordinator.

Current studies

We are currently seeking volunteers with symptoms of anxiety to become valued members of our Anxiety Studies Division Participant Pool.

We are also conducting a new “talk therapy” treatment study for social anxiety

Please view our current studies page for more information.


To participate in our current on-line survey in order to become eligible for our Participant Pool, please visit the survey page.


Please read our most recent newsletter which provides information on our current studies and recently published studies.