CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 3, 1999
UI researcher seeks participants for study of social anxiety, panic
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Men and women ages 18 and older who experience either
social anxiety or recurrent panic attacks are invited to participate in
a University of Iowa study investigating the nature of these difficulties.
Social anxiety is a difficulty characterized by significant fear and avoidance
of social or evaluative situations, and panic attacks often result in distress,
worry, and/or significant disruptions in behavior.
The goal of this study is to identify thought patterns that serve to
maintain and exacerbate anxiety. The study results may have implications
for techniques used in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, the most common
psychological intervention for anxiety.
Volunteers should have no other depression, anxiety, or substance abuse
problems. Subjects will be asked to participate in one three-hour experiment
session. Compensation is available.
UI Ph.D. candidate Amy Wenzel will conduct the study under the supervision
of Craig S. Hold, a UI associate clinical professor of psychology and psychiatry.
It is funded by the American Psychological Foundation and the Society for
the Science of Clinical Psychology.
For more information, contact Wenzel by email, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or by telephone, (319) 335-2464.