Can A Museum Exhibition Help Your Arachnophobia?

Posted 3 November 2016

Clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Li is a research associate at the University of NSW's School of Psychology. She is part of a team examining how hormone levels affect treatment outcomes for women scared of spiders.

Dr Li was asked for her expert opinion on the ability of a new museum exhibition around spiders, to help reduce arachnophobia in sufferers through exposure therapy.

The following articles appeared in media on 28 October 2016:

  • Can a museum exhibition help your arachnophobia? View the full article at SBS here.
  • Arachnophobia a challenge in Australia, home to 4000 species of spider. View full article at The Sydney Morning Herlad here.

Spider Phobia Treatment Study

Dr Sophie Li continues to study Spider Phobia Treatment at the UNSW. The lab is currently seeking volunteer research participants to learn about how sex hormones affect the treatment for spider phobia. If you are a woman aged between 18 and 35 years, are afraid of spiders and are interested in seeking treatment please contact Dr Sophie Li at