Category: Adult Anxiety

Symposium

Symposium 56 - Improving Treatment for Underserved Racial/Ethnic Minority Young Adults With Anxiety Disorders

Friday, November 17
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom I & J, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Adult Anxiety | Service Delivery | Hispanic American/ Latinx
Presentation Type: Symposium

The transition from adolescence to young or emerging adulthood is a unique developmental period that poses critical challenges and opportunities, such as adapting to new patterns of relationships and forming career choices (Arnett, 2000). Anxiety disorders, frequent in young adulthood, can arrest many of these processes with serious impact into adulthood. Aggravating the problem, mental health treatment seldom reaches adolescents and young adults with anxiety disorders, especially those of racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. This situation underscores the need for integrating developmental and cultural considerations relevant for minority young adults with anxiety disorders (MacLeod & Brownlie, 2014).


The Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP) is a developmentally-informed model that integrates key components of an EBT for anxiety disorders—cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)–aiming to facilitate the transition to young adulthood. This symposium aims to present data on patient and clinician level barriers and facilitators to implementing a treatment model founded on EBT principles, like LEAP, in a community clinic for Latino young adults with anxiety disorders, the Washington Heights Youth Anxiety Clinic (WH-YAC).


First, Dr. Albano will describe the LEAP model for anxious young adults that is being implemented at the WH-YAC. Dr. Zerrate will then present an overview of key challenges and proposed solutions in bringing EBTs to underserved young adults with anxiety disorders. Second, Dr. Duarte will present data examining WH-YAC patients’ access to care and previous experience with mental health treatment. Third, Dr. Reyes-Portillo will present research examining WH-YAC patients’ self-reports of treatment expectations and motivation for treatment. Fourth, Dr. Wei’s presentation will bring in the perspective of the clinicians through examination of clinician data on facilitators and barriers to implementing CBT for anxiety among minority young adults. To conclude, our discussant Dr. Miranda will unite the four presentations by discussing the theme of implementing EBTs for underserved minority young adults with anxiety in community settings, as well as future research directions.

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Maria Carolina Zerrate

Medical Director
New York Presbyterian Hospital - Washington Heights Clinic

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Jeanne Miranda

Assistant Director
UCLA

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Maria Carolina Zerrate

Medical Director
New York Presbyterian Hospital - Washington Heights Clinic

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Eva Schonfeld

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    Jazmin A. Reyes-Portillo

    Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist
    New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center

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    Chiaying Wei

    PostDoctoral Fellow
    Columbia University Medical Center

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