Anxiety Disorders Research

Group Leader: Dr Karen Hancock

Anxiety Disorders Research is conducted by The Anxiety Clinic, a specialised facility that provides psychological treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety problems. We investigate the efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ProACTive) and cognitive behaviour therapy for treatment of anxiety disorders in a range of settings.

Our research expertise also extends to early-onset psychosis. We are interested in improving diagnosis of this debilitating illness.

Our research projects include:

  • ProACTive alone, or integrated with cognitive behaviour therapy, for treatment of children with anxiety disorders
  • A randomised controlled trial of ProACTive for anxious adolescents: effectiveness and mechanisms for change
  • Associations between patient demographics, clinical characteristics and anxiety disorder treatment outcomes
  • Evaluation of training and implementation of the ProACTive program in the school setting
  • The presenting features of early-onset psychosis in young people