Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in Children with Autism

Location: New Haven, CT - Yale University
Start Date: November 1st, 2016
End Date: November 1st, 2021

The Sukhodolsky Lab at the Yale Child Study Center is currently offering a free and confidential study of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children (ages 8-14) who are on the autism spectrum and experience significant levels of anxiety. Families who take part in this study receive 15 weekly sessions of therapy, as well as a comprehensive assessment of autism—all at no cost.

In our research, we are learning not only about treatments for anxiety but also about how the anxious brain is actually affected by the therapy. To get a glimpse into the brain mechanisms of anxiety, children participate in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) tasks before and again upon completion of the course of CBT treatment.

Participants will receive free therapy and up to $350 for participation.

Eligibility Criteria
In order to participate in this study, children must be between the ages of 8 and 14 years, have autism spectrum disorder, clinically significant levels of anxiety (high levels of fear or worry), and be capable of completing all study procedures. These procedures will include completing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), filling out questionnaires, and answering questions about symptoms and behaviors before and after treatment.

Contact Information
For more information, please contact Rebecca Jordan by email at or by phone at (203) 737-7664