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Study #1: Panic Sensations and Smoking

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This study examines how different physiological, anxiety-relevant sensations may influence smoking urges, craving, and puff behavior. Anxiety sensations will be induced in the laboratory. Participants will be given the opportunity to smoke outside during the study using their own cigarettes. Monetary reimbursement for participation.

Investigator: Samantha Farris, M.A.
Email:  HoustonAHRL@gmail.com
Phone:  713-743-8056 (**Mention study #1 when calling**)

Study #2: Smoking Treatment for Anxious Smokers

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This study examines if a transdiagnostic anxiety treatment can improve smoking cessation for anxious/stressed smokers. Participants receive nicotine replacement therapy and specialized psychosocial treatment for smoking cessation that uniquely addresses anxiety/stress. Monetary reimbursement for participation.

Investigator: Samantha Farris, M.A.
Email:  HoustonAHRL@gmail.com
Phone:  713-743-8056 (**Mention study #2 when calling**)

Study #3: Distress Tolerance and Marijuana

Distress Tolerance and Marijuana

This study examines current marijuana users’ previous experiences with quitting marijuana. The study involves completing a series of questionnaires, a structured interview, and several laboratory tasks that measure perceived or behavioral distress tolerance (e.g., a brief breath-holding task). Reimbursement for participation.

Investigator: Julianna Hogan, M.Ed.
Email: HoustonAHRL@gmail.com
Phone: 713-743-8056 (**Mention study #3 when calling**)

Study #4: Anxiety and Well-Being among HIV/AIDS Individuals

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This study aims to examine how HIV+ individuals interpret and handle distress and the effect distress has upon psychological well-being over time. Participation includes an in-person interview and a series of self-report measures. Participants are compensated for the baseline and follow-up visits.

Investigator: Chad Brandt, M.A.
Email: ahrl.legacy@gmail.com
Phone: 281-636-9037 (**Mention study #4 when calling**)

Study #5: Smoking Topography and Emotional Regulation

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This study involves watching film clips when instructed to engage in specific types of emotional regulation (e.g., suppression). Smoking (tobacco) behavior is examined using cutting-edge ambulatory topography methods, and a variety of non-invasive psychophysiological processes are measured (e.g., respiration rate, vagal tone). Monetary reimbursement for participation.

Investigator: Jafar Bakhshaie, M.D.
Email: jafar.bakhshaie@gmail.com
Phone: 713-743-8056 (**Mention study #5 when calling**)

Study #8: Computerized Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment (CAST)

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CAST aims to increase psychological well-being in HIV+ individuals through a one-time computer-delivered treatment aimed at teaching anxiety-prone individuals new ways of interpreting and handling distress. Monetary reimbursement for participation.

Investigator: Chad Brandt, M.A.
Email: ahrl.legacy@gmail.com
Phone: 281-636-9037 (**Mention study #8 when calling**)