Category: Treatment - CBT

Symposium

Symposium 75 - Moving Science From the Clinic to the Community: Designing and Testing CBT Interventions in Community Agencies

Saturday, November 18
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Aqua Salon E & F, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Addictive Behaviors | Anxiety | Depression
Presentation Type: Symposium

The vast majority of new interventions for mental disorders are designed, developed and tested in major cities and university towns. The majority of participants in these studies are white, middle class and have higher than average educational attainment. It is also important to note that participants in these studies include only those who are aware of and willing to participate in studies based at academic centers. This approach, although efficient for university-based researchers, has yielded a body of evidence-based approaches to treating mental disorders that have emerged with a likely “home field” design advantage wherein these interventions are either purposefully or inadvertently tailored to fit the needs of the trial participants.


Designing and testing interventions in community-based settings presents great opportunities and challenges. Developing interventions in partnership with community clinics and their patients, particularly with traditionally underserved populations, sets the stage for innovations that have the potential to improve intervention effects and the eventual uptake of these interventions in the community.


This symposium includes reports on three randomized, controlled trials of CBT-based interventions that were designed in partnership with community agencies. The study populations include many participants from traditionally underserved groups (e.g., urban poor, minorities, and rural residents). This symposium presents studies at three different points of completion, one recently completed RCT of computer-assisted CBT delivered in a community-based substance abuse treatment center, a second ongoing multicenter trial of a work-related CBT for unemployed persons whose employment efforts have been undermined by social anxiety and third RCT about to begin that involves a computer-assisted, church-based CBT intervention for rural residents with depression. The symposium focuses on the benefits and challenges associated with conducting RCTs of CBT in community-based settings. 

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Joseph A. Himle

Professor
University of Michigan

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Michelle G. Craske

Distinguished Professor
UCLA

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Kate Wolitzky-Taylor

Associate Professor
UCLA

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Joseph A. Himle

Professor
University of Michigan

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Addie Weaver

Assistant Professor
University of Michigan

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