Category: Adult Anxiety

Symposium

Symposium 138 - Novel Extensions for Interventions Targeting Transdiagnostic Risk Factors for Anxiety and Related Psychopathology

Sunday, November 19
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom A, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Anxiety Sensitivity | Anxiety | Transdiagnostic
Presentation Type: Symposium

Due to the serious and deleterious effects of anxiety and related psychopathology, it is critically important to construct tailored intervention programs for individuals at risk for developing such problems. Further, targeting transdiagnostic mechanisms of behavioral change that have the potential to reduce the incidence and prevalence of anxiety and related disorders represents an important component in this process. Previous research supports anxiety sensitivity (AS) as a promising transdiagnostic variable and intervention target due to its malleability and relevance to an array of negative health behaviors. Of importance is increasing our understanding regarding the effects of AS interventions that utilize novel intervention approaches and modalities, especially among diverse populations. Accordingly, the present symposium will focus on studies that extend current interventions targeting the transdiagnostic variable of AS to diverse contexts and settings or modify intervention components to maximize intervention benefit.


Capron and colleagues will begin by discussing a novel and robust extension of a computerized AS intervention that combines a “bottom-up” component of interpretation bias modification with a “top-down” psychoeducation intervention. Effects of this approach on AS and panic vulnerability are examined. Schmidt addresses a similar approach applied to an ongoing, clinical DARTS trial targeting suicide-relevant risk targets with specific focus on prospective changes in AS and suicidality. Knapp and colleagues discuss an AS intervention developed for at-risk adolescents that integrates experimenter- and parent-directed interoceptive exposure exercises with psychoeducation and examines the short-term effects on AS, panic symptoms, and generalized anxiety symptoms. Olthuis and colleagues conclude by summarizing an ongoing, multi-site open trial that involves an eight-week, physical exercise-based intervention program among university women evidencing elevated AS and explores the changes in AS, anxiety and mood symptoms, and functional impairment across the intervention period. Together, the four talks will provide a platform to discuss novel extensions and adaptions of AS interventions that maximize benefit among diverse contexts and populations. 

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Ashley Knapp

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dartmouth College

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Sherry Stewart

Professor
DalHousie University

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    Dan Capron

    Assistant Professor
    University of Southern Mississippi

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    Brad B. Schmidt

    FSU

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    Ashley Knapp

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Dartmouth College

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    Janine Olthuis

    Assistant Professor
    University of New Brunswick

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