Welcome to the CTSA
The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania is...
An internationally renowned treatment research center dedicated to developing, refining, and testing state-of-the-art therapies for anxiety and traumatic stress disorders.
A world recognized clinic, which provides evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders.
A well-established resource for professionals, offering specialized training in the treatment of anxiety disorders to health professionals around the world.
We welcome referrals from professionals and inquiries directly from patients.
CTSA in the News
Published in JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association: Adolescents girls with sexual abuse–related PTSD experienced greater benefit from prolonged exposure therapy than from supportive counseling even when delivered by counselors who typically provide supportive counseling. Click here for full article.
Randomzied clinical trial: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy vs Risperidone for Augmenting Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Findings suggest that augmenting SRI medication treatment for OCD with Exposure and Response Prevention (Ex/RP) helped reduce OCD symptoms and improve insight, functioning, and quality of life. Click here for full article.
August 2013: JAMA publishes RCT findings about treatment of PTSD comorbid with alcohol dependence (Foa et al.)
Published in JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association: Contrary to past concerns, using prolonged exposure therapy to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and comorbid alcohol dependence does not increase drinking or cravings. In a first-of-its-kind single-blind, randomized clinical trial, researchers also found that PTSD patients treated with the drug naltrexone for alcohol dependence drank less—and that the use of prolonged exposure therapy and naltrexone better protects PTSD patients from relapse after treatment stops. Click here for full article.
In September 2014, Dr. Foa will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark to present a workshop on Prolonged Exposure Therapy. For more information, click here.
The Center has launched a Youtube channel dedicated to sharing videos from workshops, trainings, and lectures, as well as discussion topics related to new research and evidence-based treatment of anxiety. To view videos, check our our CTSA Youtube Channel.
TIME magazine named Edna Foa, PhD, to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Foa was recognized for her outstanding contributions in the area of treatment research for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more about Dr. Foa's accomplishments...
4-day Intensive Workshops offered by faculty of the CTSA
Exposure and Response Prevention - July 7-10, 2014