Research study to help children struggling with anxiety

Anxiety can be a normal and healthy emotion, but when a person regularly feels abnormally high levels of anxiety, it may be diagnosed as a medical disorder. Anxiety disorders are common in children, with an estimated prevalence of 10% to 20%.

This study is being done to test the effectiveness of CBT, delivered through an interactive app, in reducing levels of childhood anxiety. The app includes cartoons where kids can learn how to process and think about their feelings as well as tools designed to help children manage their feelings and track their progress in overcoming their anxiety. The study takes place over 12 weeks and includes four in-person or remote visits and three phone calls.

Participants will receive a $50 gift card at the completion of each of the four study visits.

If your child is between the ages of 8 and 12 and struggles with anxiety or frequent worries, he/she may be eligible to participate in this study.

For more information about participation, contact our study coordinator by phone at 443-287-7157 or by email at

This study has been approved by the Johns Hopkins Medicine IRB (IRB00223601, PI: Joseph McGuire, PhD)