How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Affect Emotional and Psychophysiological Functioning?

Interested in participating in research to help us understand how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy affects emotional and psychophysiological functioning?

If you qualify and are willing to participate, you will receive CBT from Casey Brown, M.A., a graduate student in clinical psychology at UC Berkeley, who will be supervised by Dr. Jacqueline B. Persons, Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center. Research participation entails arriving 30 to 40 minutes before each of your 50 minute CBT treatment sessions to complete questionnaires that ask about your emotional and psychological functioning. You will also visit the UC Berkeley Psychophysiology Lab located on UC Berkeley’s campus approximately once a month. The visits will take less than 2 hours each. During the laboratory visit, we will monitor aspects of emotional and psychophysiological functioning. Non-invasive electrodes will be applied to your torso and fingers to monitor things likeheart rate and how much your skin is sweating. You will be asked to participate in a number of tasks designed to elicit emotion, such as viewing emotionally intense film clips and photographs. Your treatment will not be affected by your participation in the research; however, Ms. Brown will have access to the research information and will be able to share with you any information that can be helpful to you or the treatment. Essentially this project entails a more comprehensive version of the usual treatment provided at the CBT & Science Center, which already involves collection of data for monitoring progress during treatment. If you are not interested in participating in research, you may still seek treatment at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center.

You will be compensated $20 in cash or gift card for each questionnaire packet you complete and $150 for each psychophysiology assessment. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Dr. Persons at persons@cbtscience.com or 510-992- 4040 Ext.1.