Research Study Participant Invitation (SPOV)

Update: The study is closed.

Do you have a fear of vomiting?

Research indicates that over 8% of the population may suffer from a fear of vomiting. This fear can be chronic and debilitating, affecting work and academic performance, social functioning, and family life. This fear is known as Emetophobia, and as Specific Phobia of Vomiting.

The research study, based at Argosy University San Diego, will measure the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy in reducing fear of vomiting. Eligible San Diego and Riverside County residents are invited to participate at no cost. The study will take approximately 14 weeks, with weekly visits lasting between one and two hours.

You may be eligible if:

  • You are 18 or older.
  • You have a fear of yourself vomiting both alone and in front of others.
  • You are willing to complete various assessments and tests over the course of the study. This involves answering demographic questions, questions about past or current symptoms that you may be experiencing, and details about your fear of vomiting.
  • You are willing to travel to a clinic in San Diego County to participate in assessments and 12 weekly sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy, or be assigned to a waiting list and be given the option to participate in the therapy sessions after the waiting period. Research locations are in Escondido, Carlsbad and La Mesa.


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