What is the Daily Stress Monitoring study?

What is the Daily Stress Monitoring study?

The Daily Stress Monitoring study is designed to improve our understanding of how people cope with feelings of anxiety or depression in their daily lives. Participants will be asked to complete surveys online at the beginning and end of the study, as well as answer brief questions each day on their cell phone. After an initial phone screening, the remainder of study is conducted online.

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • Mood changes reflected by feeling low, gloomy, sad, blue, irritable, or crying more easily than usual
  • Loss of interest or enjoyment in things that used to be enjoyable, such as spending time with others, hobbies, sports, or work
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Feeling tired, slowed down, or lacking energy
  • Self-criticism, feeling guilty, or feelings of worthlessness
  • Difficulty making decisions, concentrating, or thinking clearly
  • Thoughts of death or harming yourself


What are the symptoms of anxiety?

  • Feeling worried, nervous, irritable¬†or on edge
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Having an increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation), sweating, and/or trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Difficulty concentrating¬†
  • Having trouble sleeping


Who is the Daily Stress Monitoring study for?

We are recruiting adults who have been feeling depressed or anxious. To participate you must be age 18 or older, and have access to an internet-capable mobile phone.

How long does it last?

Participants will complete a set of questionnaires, fill out a series of short surveys each day for two weeks, and then complete another survey online.

What does it cost to participate?

There is no cost associated with being in the study. You will be compensated up to $35 in Amazon gift cards, and can be entered for a chance to win $600 in gift cards.

How do I get involved?

To find out if you are eligible, call the Strunk Research Lab at (614) 688-0968 or send an email to