Learn strategies for reducing claustrophobic fear by participating in the Claustrophobia Study!


What are we studying? 

The purpose of the Claustrophobia Study is to examine the best way to administer strategies for reducing claustrophobic fear. Cognitive therapy involves evaluating the accuracy of your feared outcomes. Exposure therapy involves gradually confronting your fears in a controlled manner. We know that cognitive therapy and exposure therapy are effective strategies for reducing claustrophobic fear, whether used together or alone. However, no research has explored whether the way in which these strategies are combined makes a difference in how effective they are for reducing claustrophobic fear.

Who may be eligible to participate? 


  • aged 17-65 who speak English
  • who fear being in enclosed spaces on their own (e.g., small rooms, dark closets, elevators, etc.)
  • who have not changed the dose of any mental health-related medication in the past 3 months (e.g., antidepressant)
  • who do not have any medical condition medical conditions that may make it dangerous to experience heightened emotions or arousal, things like (e.g., heart condition)
  • who weigh less than 250 lbs

Have questions or want more information about eligibility? Contact us at

What does participation involve?

  • phone call to determine eligibility
  • 3.5 hour session including claustrophobia strategies and questionnaires
  • 1 hour follow-up 1 month later to measure improvement


You can receive up to $60 for your participation

The Claustrophobia Study has been reviewed and approved by the
Ryerson University Research Ethics Board.

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