Reaching Independence Through Successful Employment (RISE)

Recruitment for this study has closed.

The Reaching Independence Through Successful Employment (RISE) Study is a multi-site study with the University of Michigan in collaboration with the Jewish Vocational Services (JVS). This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This study is being conducted to evaluate the effects of a computer-assisted treatment program on employment and anxiety symptoms across multiple urban settings. We want to investigate whether reduction in social anxiety will lead to increased employment-related behaviors and greater employment success.

Eligibility Criteria

We are looking for participants with social anxiety disorder between the ages of 18 and 60 who are unemployed and seeking vocational services at JVS.

Screening Procedures

Unemployed individuals seeking vocational services at JVS will be asked to complete a 3-item questionnaire to assess for initial eligibility. Participants meeting initial screening criteria are then contacted by study personnel and asked to complete a brief interview. If eligible, participants are scheduled to a group and will be randomly assigned to either receive vocational services as usual or the computer-assisted treatment program.

Training Procedures

Eligible individuals will be asked to complete an interview regarding recent anxiety symptoms, attend group treatment for 4 weeks (2 sessions per week), and complete assignments and questionnaires. Additional assessments are conducted 3, 6 and 12 months after completing treatment.


Participants will receive treatment free of charge.

Study Personnel Contact

For further information about this project, contact:
Julian Ruiz
(310) 825-4983

Principal Investigators: Joseph Himle, Ph.D. and Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D.

Protocol ID:IRB#14-001042 UCLA IRB Approved Approval Date: 3/16/2018 Through: 3/14/2019 Committee: North General IRB