The ideal candidate would be highly motivated, independent, and passionate about anxiety treatment and research. He or she would possess strong statistical skills, research experience testing human participants, and some experience and/or training working with a clinical population.
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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is among the leading causes of disability among psychiatric illnesses. Exposure and response prevention (ExRP) is the treatment of choice, however treatment efficacy is limited in some cases and novel strategies to enhance outcomes are needed. Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) is a computerised training paradigm that may be used to help target automatic, implicit cognitive processes. We have developed and tested a novel CBM-I training program targeting OCD-related biases and preliminary data is promising. This project would take the next step by evaluating how the modification of OCD biases can improve outcomes from ExRP among individuals with OCD.