A Study to Evaluate Parent-coached Exposure Therapy for Children with Anxiety and OCD


About this study

The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of parent coached exposure therapy (PCET) through baseline comparisons, to compare effectiveness of individual PCET and individual standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to compare efficiency of individual PCET and individual standard CBT, to compare effectiveness of group intensive PCET, individual PCET, and individual standard CBT, and acceptability.



Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Have a DSM-5 anxiety disorder diagnosis, including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, separation anxiety disorder, social and specific phobias, as assessed on the relevant modules of the (MINI-Kids; (Sheehan et al., 2010) by study staff in the PADC.
  • Be appropriate for the PADC standard outpatient therapy program, and c) be interested in starting outpatient therapy,
  • Have the anxiety disorder as their primary diagnosis, d) if taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, SNRI, tricyclic, or antipsychotic medication, had no medication changes made at least 8 weeks prior to initiating participation in the study.
  • Agree to no changes during the 12 weeks of the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of and/or current psychosis, autism, bipolar disorder, or current suicidality, or eating disorder as assessed during the initial clinical interview and all available clinical information.
  • Current positive diagnosis in the child’s caregiver of mental retardation, psychosis, or other psychiatric disorders or conditions that would limit his/her ability to understand CBT and follow-through with treatment directives (based on clinical interview).
  • Secondary diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder or major depression of sufficient severity to prevent anxiety treatment.


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Stephen Whiteside, Ph.D., L.P.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Deanna Hofschulte CCRP

(507) 255-2972


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