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Project Title

Project Title

3/3 CBT for anxiety disorders in autism: Adapting treatment for adolescents

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Ehrenreich, Jill

Description

Description

Comorbid anxiety disorders affect as many as 80% of youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), causing substantial distress and impairment over and above the autism spectrum diagnosis alone. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the gold standard treatment among typically developing youth with an anxiety disorder but has yet to be adapted to meet the unique needs of adolescents with ASD and comorbid anxiety. This project will develop a CBT protocol for anxiety and comorbid ASD in early adolescence, as well as a credible comparison protocol (Relaxation Training; RT) for use in a future multisite clinical trial to test the efficacy of CBT in this population. With more youth being diagnosed with ASD after the early childhood period, a treatment protocol such as that proposed could contribute to public health efforts to address the mental health needs of early adolescents with ASD.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

31331

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

na

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SF. Launch five randomized controlled trials of interventions including biological signatures and other measures to predict response, and monitor quality of life and functional outcomes, in each of the following groups:
  • Five trials in infants and toddlers by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $30,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three randomized controlled trials of interventions for school-aged children and/or adolescents by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.
  • Three trials for adults by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

3/3 CBT for anxiety disorders in autism: Adapting treatment for adolescents (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Miami

State/Country

State/Country

Florida

Project Number

Project Number

1R34HD065284-01

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

Yes

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

3/3 CBT for anxiety disorders in autism: Adapting treatment for adolescents | 41570 | 2010 | 5R34HD065284-02

 
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