Research

Current Projects:

In addition to the clinical work provided at the Child & Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic, we are always engaged in research evaluating the effectiveness of our approaches. Our hope is that our research can lead to a better understanding of childhood anxiety and how we can help more kids benefit from the services we offer. Current research is examining the ways we can involve parents in treatment to increase the gains their children make in therapy.

Teaching Exposure for Anxiety to Community Mental Health Clinicians: The TEACH project is examining different approaches for training community mental health clinicians in exposure therapy for anxiety. Exposure therapy is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy shown to have strong research support for treating anxiety disorders. We will be conducting workshops to train clinicians in exposure therapy with a goal of identifying what strategies are most helpful for increasing knowledge about and use of exposure therapy. This is a NIMH funded study conducted by Hannah Frank.

Past Projects:

Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal  Study: The CAMS project examined the efficacy of different types of treatments for child anxiety: cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication, combination medication and therapy, and a pill placebo condition.

Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Extended Long-term Study: The CAMELS project was a follow-up to the original CAMS study. In this phase, we examined the long-term outcomes of the children that were in each of the various treatment conditions.  We were interested in the long-term development of their anxiety, as well as how they were currently functioning in their daily lives.

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

Treatment of Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorders Project: The TAASD research project was a treatment outcome study, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of South Florida.  We examined the efficacy of two different cognitive behavioral therapy treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders and co-occurring anxiety disorders.