Attention Bias Modification Treatment for Anxious Youth (ABMT)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 2015 by Weill Medical College of Cornell University
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Weill Medical College of Cornell University Identifier:
First received: September 30, 2013
Last updated: December 10, 2015
Last verified: December 2015
The purpose of this project is to study the feasibility and efficacy of attention bias modification treatment (ABMT) in a randomized-controlled sample of anxious youth.

Condition Intervention
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Social Phobia
Specific Phobia
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Other: Attention Bias Modification Computer Task
Other: Placebo Computer Task

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in clinical severity ratings on Anxiety Disorder Interview Schedule-Child and Parent Version [ Time Frame: after a 6-week intervention and 4-week no-treatment follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Variation in genes associated with treatment response [ Time Frame: week 1 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    We will study allelic variation in a gene that has been associated with treatment response to anxiety interventions, the serotonin-transporter-linked promoter region (5-HTTLPR)

Estimated Enrollment: 44
Study Start Date: October 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Attention Bias Modification
Attention Bias Modification computer task
Other: Attention Bias Modification Computer Task
Computer task aimed at actively modifying attention bias
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Computer Task
Placebo computer task
Other: Placebo Computer Task
Computer task that does not actively modify attention bias


Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis on Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV Child and Parent versions of Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Age 7 to 17

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder or primary diagnosis of major depressive disorder
  • Seizure disorder
  • Current treatment with psychotropic medication
  • Multiple chronic learning disabilities and/or conduct problems
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01979263

Contact: JP Reyes, PhD 914-997-4036
Contact: Lucia Haladjian, BA 212-746-5930

United States, New York
Payne Whitney Manhattan Child Division Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Contact: Shannon Bennett, PhD    212-821-0789   
Contact: Hayley Grunebaum, BA    212-746-5930   
Principal Investigator: Shannon Bennett, PhD         
New York Presbyterian Hospital--Westchester Division Recruiting
White Plains, New York, United States, 10605
Contact: JP Reyes, PhD    914-997-4036   
Contact: Megan H Feltenberger, PhD    914-997-8688   
Principal Investigator: Megan H Feltenberger, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Principal Investigator: Megan H Feltenberger, PhD Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Weill Medical College of Cornell University Identifier: NCT01979263     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1207012686R001-IRB 
Study First Received: September 30, 2013
Last Updated: December 10, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Phobic Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Compulsive Personality Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Compulsive Behavior
Anxiety, Separation
Mental Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Personality Disorders
Impulsive Behavior
Neurodevelopmental Disorders processed this record on August 25, 2016