Novel Anxiety Treatment Study

The purpose of the Novel Anxiety Treatment Study is to see the efficacy and feasibility of a novel computer-based cognitive training program that is designed to retrain a brain system associated with anxiety disorders. We are hoping that this cognitive training program will help alleviate symptoms of anxiety in children.

There are 12 visits associated with participating in this study. First, participants are interviewed and then we have children complete a computer task. We track the children’s eye movements while they complete the computer game. We then invite a subset of our participants to complete an fMRI scan. Then, the treatment portion of the study is twice a week for four weeks, where the child completed the cognitive training program which again, is a simple computer task. After the completion of the cognitive training, we then have children come in for another in-person assessment as well as another fMRI scan.

We are still actively recruiting for this study. If your child struggles with anxiety and you are interested, please see the recruitment page or contact Jennifer Harper at (314) 286-2697 or jenniferharper@wustl.edu.