Taking part in research

Research can play a part to remove stigma, raise awareness, improve services for mums with perinatal OCD and understand more fully the impact of having this disorder on the mum and possibly the wider family.

If you have any ideas about research that you feel could help improve our understanding and access to services please email us on info@maternalocd.org

Please see our Latest Research section for an up to date list of research and see below opportunities and how to get involved:

Bournemouth University: Postnatal OCD and the potential impact on infant bonding

We are supporting research from Bournemouth University focusing on women with a history of postnatal OCD and the perceived impact of bonding. If you meet the criteria, please do consider taking part.

You need to:

Be over 18 years old

Be diagnosed, or have displayed symptoms of Postnatal OCD (obsessive thoughts or compulsions);

Do/did these experiences occur when your child was under 2 years old?

Click here for further details.

University of Bath study: Maternal attitudes and belief

To take part in the research please click below for the link direct to the site and for more information see the poster details:


GLAD Summary

 GLAD Summary Depression and anxiety (including OCD, BDD, and other related disorders) are common but complex disorders whose research needs very large sample sizes. The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study launches this September and aims to recruit >40,000 individuals.

Anyone age 16 years or older who has experienced one or more of these disorders during their lives can join this recontactable database to facilitate future research. Participants will also join a national Mental Health BioResource and contribute to the largest ever single study of anxiety and depression.

All enrolment takes place online at our website, www.gladstudy.org.uk. An online animation explains the consent process with more detailed information in text format. Once participants have provided consent and completed an online questionnaire, they will be sent a saliva DNA sample kit to enable genetic studies.

For further details please contact: gladstudy@kcl.ac.uk

Understanding what makes CBT for OCD successful and what factors are involved in relapse

Josie Millar and Paul Salkovskis are Clinical Psychologists and OCD researchers at the University of Bath. They are conducting a study in which they are seeking to talk to people who have OCD, who have previously had CBT that was helpful, however after this therapy finished they had a relapse in their OCD symptoms.

This information is important to find out as it will help us to understand what factors are involved and to think about how treatment could be delivered differently to prevent relapse in the future.

If you think you might be interested in taking part, or if you have questions please contact Josie Millar by email: jfam20@bath.ac.uk or by phone on 01225 38 5598 or click on the link below. Thank you.

Link to study information


Are you a mum with OCD?
Is your child under 18 months?

We want to investigate unique factors that have been suggested by mothers to potentially influence the development of perinatal OCD. Through this research, we hope to raise greater awareness and understanding of perinatal OCD so that those at risk can be identified earlier and be supported more successfully.

My name is Beth and I am a Research Assistant for this unique online study looking at the potential predictors of perinatal OCD. This research is being supported by Nottingham Trent University.

You are eligible to participate in this research if:
• You are a mother
• You have a child under 18 months old
• You have perinatal OCD, extremely anxious thoughts regarding your child OR little/no anxious thinking

If you would like to find out more and take part in this 30-45 minute study, please click the link: https://ntupsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eUONZq1sTx0Un5z

If you take part, you can be entered into a prize draw to win a Debenhams voucher. There are 2 x £50 and 4 x £15 vouchers up for grabs!

If you have any further questions and would like to contact the research team, please contact me on:

Email: bethany.huntington2013@my.ntu.ac.uk

Are you the partner of a mum with OCD?
Is your child under 3 years?

We want to learn more about your experiences in order to better support mums and dads in this situation.
My name is Joe and I am the Lead Researcher for this unique study looking at fathers’ perspectives of perinatal OCD. The research is being supported by the Universities of Coventry and Warwick.
You may be eligible to participate in the research study if:

• You are a father
• You have a child under 3 years old
• Your partner (the mother) has a diagnosis of OCD

If you would like to find out more about the research study and could be available for an informal 45 minute interview in London, Coventry or through Skype (England and Wales only) at a time convenient for you, please contact me on:

Email: poolej9@uni.coventry.ac.uk
Joe Poole Trainee Clinical Psychologist