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Attention Bias Modification of CBT Treatment of Panic Disorder

Study Contact: Samantha Hellberg, (617) 724-0666,

Study Description:The purpose of this research study is to examine the efficacy of augmenting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Cognitive Bias Modification­­-- a new and promising means of reducing cognitive biases thought to underlie the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders – in the treatment of Panic Disorder. All participants will receive 7 sessions of CBT. During their CBT visits, half of the participants will receive Cognitive Bias Modification; the other half will complete a placebo task.

Key Eligibility criteria:

  • Individuals 18 years of age and older with a primary diagnosis of panic disorder (as determined by the psychiatrists who conduct our initial screening process)
  • Participants need to own a smart phone to complete the pre- and post-treatment assessments
  • Additionally, participants need to own a laptop or computer with reliable internet access, in order to be able to upload their Empatica E4 wristband data securely each night during the wristband monitoring period (2-weeks pre- and post-treatment)
  • Participants cannot have agoraphobia that limits their ability to travel to weekly sessions. Participants cannot be at current risk of suicide.
  • Psychotropic medication is permitted if the participant is on a stable dose.
  • Within the last 3 months, participants cannot have received psychotherapy directed at the treatment of panic disorder. Prior non-response to adequately delivered exposure therapy also disqualifies.

Please call our phone screen line at 1-866-44-WORRY or email us at for a full phone screen to determine if you would be eligible to come into the clinic to meet with one of the study doctors.


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