Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory

Department of Psychology                  Director: Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D
Boston University

Information for Potential Consumers

Do you worry a lot? Are you anxious? Do you feel nervous most of the time? Do you have physical symptoms such as muscle tension, difficulty sleeping or trouble concentrating?

If you answered yes to any of these questions are are over 18, you may be eligible to participate in a free research study for Generalized Anxiety Disorder comparing the effectiveness of yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, and stress education in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. To participate or for more information, visit, email, or call 617-358-2249.

Do you avoid being the center of attention?

If you answered YES to this question and are over 18 years old, you may be eligible to participate in a research study at Boston University examining the most effective treatments to help people who have social phobia. Visit 
The Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) website provides more information about Social Anxiety Disorder.


If you are seeking treatment for social anxiety and live in the Boston area, please contact the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at (617) 353-9610.  For referrals in your area, please visit the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, or the Anxiety Disorders Association of America websites.

For more information about the effects of mindfulness practices on reducing anxiety, click here to read an article written by Shelley Kind, B.A. and Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D.

Boston Adolescent Neuroimaging of Depression and Anxiety

We at MIT, Boston University, and Harvard Medical school are currently recruiting adolescents (ages 14-15) for new research seeking to understand the teenage brain. 

We offer the opportunity for young persons to gain experience in the neuroscience research process and get pictures of their brains at no cost to them. Adolescents can also earn up to $375 and parents can earn up to $75, plus travel expenses for their participation. Adolescents and parents with a history of depression/anxiety, or from racial or ethnic minority groups are especially encouraged to participate.

This work occurs in two to four sessions in the greater Boston area, and involves routine psychological assessments and safe/non-invasive brain imaging.

To participate or for questions you may email or call 617-358-2250.