Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program

Anxiety disorders are one of the primary mental health problems affecting children and adolescents today, and are associated with considerable impairments to children and families and high costs to society.  Left untreated, anxiety and its related disorders are linked to the development of future psychopathology.  The Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program, directed by Donna B. Pincus, Ph.D., is committed to advancing our knowledge about efficacious treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and their families so that youth with these disorders can resume healthy activities and return to developmentally appropriate functioning.

Under the direction of Dr. Pincus, the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program has conducted several federally funded studies focused on advancing our knowledge of state-of-the-art treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and their families.  Funding for research conducted through the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program has come from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program has also developed collaborations with numerous nationally known sleep researchers as we have been investigating the relationship between sleep disorders and anxiety disorders in youth.  Other areas of inquiry include the development and investigation of effective dissemination strategies to be sure that evidence based treatments for anxiety disorders in youth are readily accessible to the public.

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