Research

Psychological evaluation, screening, and treatment of children and adolescents

The aims of this research study are (1) to better understand the core processes of emotional disorders; and (2) To learn about how psychological treatments like the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents (UP-C and UP-A) work and for whom they work for so that we can improve existing treatment strategies. In order to qualify for participation in this research, participants first complete an initial evaluation, which comprises a clinical interview with children and parents, filling out questionnaires, and doing several computer tasks. Eligible children may then be offered the UP-C, UP-A or another evidence-based treatment in either individual or small group formats. Participants may be asked to complete periodic assessments throughout treatment and after completing treatment to see how their symptoms have improved. Children and adolescents ages 4-17 with any emotional disorder (including any anxiety, depression, OCD or related condition) may be eligible to participate. To find out if your child is eligible for this study, contact us [Make an Appointment].

Helping Emotions and Providing Auditory Relief (U-HEAR)

If someone is really sensitive to certain noises and sounds, they might have misophonia. U-HEAR is a study created to find out what helps kids and teens with misophonia. When kids and teens with misophonia hear these sounds, they can feel very angry, annoyed, or feel another strong emotion. Then, they usually feel like they have to get away from the sound. They might leave the room, put their hands over their ears, put headphones on, or get really angry.

The kinds of sounds some kids and teens say bother them include: chewing, swallowing, breathing, sniffing, lip smacking, clock ticking, or pen clicking (and many others).

This study is for kids and teens between the ages of 8 and 16 who are struggling with these symptoms. The first step is a phone call where we will ask questions to find out if this study is a good fit for you or your child. If it is a good fit, the next step is to complete an interview and surveys. We will ask questions that will help us figure out whether you (or your child) would be a good participant for our study. Participants will get ten free treatment sessions to help them deal with these annoying sounds. Each session will last one hour and happen once a week. To find out if your child is eligible for the study, contact us [Make an Appointment].

COVID-19: Parent Actions in Response to Emotions and Needs for Treatment (Co-PARENT)

Are you a parent of a child ages 6-13, living in the State of Florida, who is stressed out by COVID-19 anxiety and physical distancing? Are you currently experiencing any anxiety, depression or traumatic stress symptoms? The Co-PARENT study at the University of Miami may be able to help. To complete a brief initial screening, please click here CO-PARENT Study (En español).

The Co-PARENT (COVID-19: Parent Actions in Response to Emotions and Needs for Treatment) Study is testing the effects of a brief (4-session) telehealth program called UP-COVID for parents that may be having a hard time coping with their emotions and parenting challenges during COVID-19. The program is based on effective, cognitive behavioral treatment principles.

If eligible, parents will receive a minimum of 4-sessions of UP-COVID via telehealth in English or Spanish at no cost either immediately or after a 6-week delay. Eligible parent participants will also receive up to $150 for completing study assessments over a 6-week period.

At this time, the CO-PARENT Study is closed to new recruitment.