Improving access to treatment for children with anxiety disorders

At Griffith University, we are conducting a nationwide study funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council for children (7 to 12 years of age) with anxiety disorders. The study includes a thorough assessment with a trained clinician, participation in one of two kinds of home-based treatments using computers, and further assessments after treatment is completed. We are providing this service at no cost to families. Please contact us to find out more information about the study by calling 07-3735 3351 or emailing us at You can also email us directly by filling in the email form below.

Why is the study being conducted?

For many children and their parents, anxiety can be highly disruptive and prevent children from doing things that other children their age can do. This project will examine two treatment conditions and determine if they are as effective as each other in alleviating children’s anxiety disorders.

Are you eligible?

Your child may be eligible to participate if:

  • he/she is 7- 12 years of age
  • he/she meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder
  • he/she is not receiving concurrent psychotherapy (if applicable)
  • he/she is able to have their medication stabilised (if applicable) at the same dose for 12 weeks prior to diagnostic assessment.

Your child will not be eligible to participate if:

  • a non-anxiety diagnosis is their main problem
  • he/she has a pervasive developmental disorder or intellectual impairment
  • he/she has physical impairments that prevent computer use e.g. vision impairment
  • he/she has completed either of the two treatments in this study before.

Expected Benefits

Results of this study may help us determine whether these treatments are effective for children with anxiety disorders. Such a development would allow us to share this information with other mental health professionals and to assist them in working with other families. Although no guarantee of treatment outcome can be provided to you, these treatments may benefit your child. Feedback will be provided after each assessment time-point and families will be contacted at the end of the study and offered the opportunity to receive a summary of the study findings in simple, easy to follow terms.


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