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].

Community Study of Outcome Monitoring for Emotional Disorders in Teens (COMET)

COMET is a research study that is being conducted within community mental health clinics in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas as well as in Connecticut by our partner site at UConn Health. It examines three ways to help adolescents ages 12-18 who struggle with emotional and behavioral problems such as anxiety, sadness, or worry. One of the treatments is the usual type of talk therapy used by clinicians in the community and the other two treatments are types of talk therapy that were developed at other clinics, but that have not yet been used by clinics in our community. There is no medication is required in this research study.

Who is eligible? If your child is...

  • Between 12 and 18 years of age
  • Worried or stressed almost all of the time
  • Very shy, scared to talk to other kids or adults
  • Afraid to go to school, sleepovers, or social events
  • Often having stomachaches, headaches, or body aches
  • Experiencing a lot of sadness
  • Eating or sleeping more or less than usual
  • Less interested in activities he/she used to enjoy

What is involved?

  • You and your child will meet with us so we can see if the research study is right for you
  • If the study is a good fit, your child will receive one of three types of talk therapy
  • Your child will meet with a therapist for 16 weekly sessions (50 minutes each).
  • During and after the therapy, you and your child will meet us 3 more times so we can see if his/her anxiety or depression has improved

Note: this is not extra therapy!