CATS Study Information:
The aim of this project is to study how talk therapy influences children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.
The study combines state-of-the-art measures from neuroscience, measures of mood and behavior in natural environments, and measures of family and social context all within a developmentally-framed study.
Researchers hope to gain a better understanding of how the brain works, in order to improve interventions for children with anxiety.
16 one hour talk therapy sessions.
Participants will be randomized into one of two comparative treatments. Both have been proven effective in treating childhood anxiety. These treatments are:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
A structured talk therapy that utilizes specific techniques and tasks to help children reach their goals and reduce anxiety.
Child Centered Therapy (CCT)
A supportive talk therapy designed to attend specifically to the problems of anxiety the child wants to address. This therapy does not follow a set plan.
Assessments include interviews, computer questionnaires, a fMRI, EEG, and eye-tracking tasks.
All children receive comprehensive, one-on-one therapy from highly trained professional clinicians, at no cost to families.
These assessments are the same as the pre-treatment assessments and take place after completion of therapy and at 1 and 2 year follow up visits.
Sleep therapy-a 6-8 session sleep therapy is offered to children suffering from sleep probems after the initial treatment has ended.