Welcome to the CTSA

The CTSA remains open during the COVID-19 crisis and we are currently offering teleheath options for our evaluation and treatment services. Additionally, we are offering services to cope with anxiety and stress related to COVID-19. Click here to learn more about our telehealth services.

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. 

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CTSA in the News

July 24, 2020: Dr. Elizabeth Turk-Karan on exposure therapy for anxiety

On the July 24, 2020 episode of the Sanity podcast, Dr. Elizabeth Turk-Karan talks about exposure therapy for anxiety. She discusses the theory of exposure, the process of undergoing this therapy, different types of exposures, and how it is used for various types of anxiety.

March 31, 2020: The Coronavirus Has Made Me a Rage Monster. Help!

Feeling angry about COVID-19 is natural, but you have to know what to do with it. Dr. Jeremy Tyler provides information and advice on dealing with anger during the pandemic.

December 14, 2019: The Lost Art of Hanging Out - Dr. Sandy Capaldi is interviewed about the impact of "scheduling" leisure activities

“Scheduling leisure activities makes sense on the surface,” says Sandy Capaldi, associate director of Penn’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. “But those activities may inherently feel different due to the act of scheduling them. Research has found that scheduled leisure time tends to feel more like ‘work’ or an obligation to be fulfilled.”

October 15, 2019: CTSA’s Dr. Elizabeth Turk-Karan discusses Generation Z and Evidence-Based Treatment on The Conversationalist podcast.

Many people are not aware that there are short-term treatments that have been researched and shown to be effective for many patients. Often it is hard to find therapists who practice evidence-based treatments.  Knowing that effective treatment exists is the first step to improving mental health treatment.

September 3, 2019: Is cannabis an effective treatment for anxiety disorders?

With the growing legalization of medical cannabis throughout the United States, researchers are often tasked with answering the question of whether cannabis can be useful in alleviating conditions like anxiety-related disorders. Dr. Jeremy Tyler, CTSA research assistants Shari Lieblich and Jesse McCann, and colleague Lindsey Salerno cover this timely topic.

CTSA Studies and Programs

Training Opportunities for Professionals

The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety offers a number of professional workshops for mental health practitioners who are looking to extend their training in empirically-supported treatments for anxiety disorders. Our current workshop offerings include Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD, PE Supervisor Workshops, and Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD, among others. Please visit our Training Opportunities page to learn more.