Anxiety Studies in Progress

Principal Investigator: Wendy K. Silverman, Ph.D.
HIC protocol #: 1306012298

Purpose of the Study
The Program for Anxiety Disorders is conducting a research study designed to look at characteristics of boys and girls experiencing excessive and intense anxiety and/or fear. Families who call the Program for Anxiety Disorders and indicate their child is experiencing excessive and intense anxiety/and or fear will be asked to participate in this study. The purpose of this study is to learn about the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of boys and girls who are referred to an anxiety disorders specialty clinic.  In this study, we will use different assessment methods such as interviews, questionnaires, and behavioral assessments to better understand the nature of anxiety in boys and girls. 

Criteria for Participation
•    Children between the ages of 6 to 17 years
•    Children must currently be experiencing debilitating and excessive fear and/or anxiety determined by a telephone screen
•    At least one parent (or guardian) must also participate
•    No history of seizures

General Procedures
All children and parents who are involved in this study will be asked to participate in separate diagnostic interviews with an experienced clinician.  Children and at least one of their parents (or guardians) will also be asked to complete a number of questionnaires assessing different areas of functioning, past history, and current symptoms. 

In addition to the interviews and questionnaires, children and their parent will be asked to separately play a video game similar to an X-box 360 Kinect game, where they will see themselves onscreen and move around to interact with the game. Sometimes pictures of animals, plants, insects, or other objects will also show up on the screen. The purpose of the game is to help us understand how children with and without anxiety behave in different situations.

Finally, part of our study also looks at the role that the hormone Oxytocin, also known as the love hormone or cuddle hormone, plays in child anxiety. This involves a blood draw and saliva sample to test for the presence of Oxytocin, and a brief videotaped interaction between you and your child.

Contacts
If you are interested in this study, please contact Nicole Gentili, LCSW at 203-785-3485 or Dr. Carla Marin, Ph.D. at 203-737-8056.  We will describe the project in more detail and help you determine if this program is appropriate for your child.

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Principal Investigator: Eli Lebowitz, Ph.D.
HIC protocol #: 1311013020

Purpose of the Study
The Program for Anxiety Disorders is conducting a research study designed to compare two treatments for child anxiety. One treatment, individual cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT), focuses on helping your child change his/her anxious thoughts and to learn gradually how to approach anxiety producing objects or events.  The other treatment, (SPACE) focuses on providing parents with tools to improve their child’s coping with anxiety. Both interventions are aimed at treating the child, but one does so by working directly with the child and the other does so by working with parents. The purpose of the study is to learn about what leads to improvements in anxiety symptoms. 

Criteria for Participation
•    Children between the ages of 7 and 14 years
•    Primary diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, or Separation Anxiety Disorder as determined by our initial evaluation
•    No psychotropic medication other than a stable dose of stimulant for comorbid ADHD, or a stable dose of SSRI
•    The parents (or guardians) must have been cohabitating with the child for at least the past year

General Procedures
To determine eligibility for our treatment study, we will first ask you to complete an evaluation assessing anxiety symptoms and functioning.  After it has been determined your child is eligible to participate in the study, she/he will be randomly assigned to either ICBT or SPACE. ICBT will involve direct therapy with your child for 12 weekly sessions. SPACE will involve 12 weekly parent-only sessions.


Contacts
If you are interested in this study, please contact Jelena MacLeod, MHS at 203-737-7997 or Dr. Carla Marin, Ph.D. at 203-737-8056.  We will describe the project in more detail and help you determine if this program is appropriate for your child.

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Principal Investigator: Eli Lebowitz, Ph.D.
HIC protocol #: 1101007868

Purpose of the Study
The Program for Anxiety Disorders is conducting a research study looking at the ways in which a child’s OCD can impact others in the family, like parents or siblings.

Criteria for Participation
•    Parents of children age 6-17 years with a previous diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
•    Duration of OCD greater than 6 months
•    Significant Current OCD symptoms

General Procedures
The study will consist of completing some questionnaires, and answering questions asked by a trained clinician. Your child does not need to come in for the study. Compensation is $50.

Contacts
If you are interested in this study, please contact Jelena MacLeod, MHS at 203-737-7997.

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