Current Research

The Child Anxiety and Adolescent Disorders Clinic engages in many exciting research endeavors.  Our hope is that our research can lead to better understanding of childhood anxiety and the best ways to provide treatment.

Some current research projects include:

The Cats and Dogs Project

The Cats and Dogs project is looking at how well we can implement and disseminate cognitive behavioral therapies in schools.  We train school staff to administer an interactive, computer-assisted treatment designed to treat anxiety in children.  We then follow schools for a number of years after to see how the treatments are used in subsequent years.  We’ve worked with schools in the Philadelphia area and in Canada!


The CAMELS projects in a follow-up to CAMS (Child / Adolescent Multimodal Study).  The original CAMS examined the efficacy of different types of treatments for child anxiety: cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication, combination medication and therapy, and a pill placebo condition.  In this phase, we are examining the long-term outcomes of the children that were in each of the various treatment conditions.  We are interested in the long-term development of their anxiety, as well as how they are currently functioning in their daily lives.

 TAASD: Treatment of Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorders

The TAASD research project is a treatment outcome study, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of South Florida.  We will be researching the efficacy of two different cognitive behavioral therapy treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders and co-occurring anxiety disorders.

TAASD Study Flyer