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Research goals and values

A researcher speaking to a patient The Anxiety Studies Division operates under the principles of integrity and respect for the dignity of the individual.

Our goal is to advance our understanding of the development and persistence of anxiety problems and improve the treatment of anxiety problems.

All of the research we conduct in the Anxiety Studies Division of Waterloo’s Centre for Mental Health Research is conducted in strict adherence to the research standards as outlined by:

Who funds our research?

Past and current funding bodies include: the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation Leader’s Opportunity Fund, and the Ontario Research Fund for Research Infrastructure.

What comes of our research?

We share our findings with researchers and health care professionals at major conferences on psychology and mental health, through published research papers and books, through workshops, and with the graduate students in our program. Sometimes we are interviewed about our research by the local and national media. We publish an annual newsletter to update our participant pool on the current studies that we are running, recent findings from studies, and to share exciting updates. You can view our newsletter here.

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.