Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

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.

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CTSA in the News

January 28, 2019: 10 Things You Need to Know if Your Partner Has Anxiety

Intimate relationships can suffer if you're not dealing with the elephant in the room.

December 2, 2018: Dr. Jeremy Tyler, Trust the process: treating PTSD

7% of Americans will grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives… One of the most common and effective ways to treat PTSD is Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, in which Tyler is an expert. The process primarily utilizes aspects of talk therapy to help patients process and understand their traumas, gradually returning to a less stressful mental state.

July 3, 2018: Dr. Alissa Jerud, CTSA post-doctoral fellow, on Parent-Child Separation, Trauma, PTSD and Recovery in Children

While children typically recover quickly from the emotional and physiological sequela of brief episodes of separation, extended separation can exhaust children's bodies and brains, thus placing them on adverse developmental trajectories. Indeed, unlike the routine separations that occur at daycare or preschool drop offs, in which children are informed that their parents will soon return to pick them up and then do, forced and prolonged…

July 3, 2018: CTSA Associate Director, Dr. Sandy Capaldi, explains the psychological impacts of being trapped in a cave (Thailand cave rescue) on

"While not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD, children and adolescents who do develop PTSD are at increased risk for other mood, anxiety, eating, and substance use disorders," she said. However, "the link between the development of PTSD and these other disorders is unclear."

April 2018: WOAR Honors Dr. Edna Foa, Center Director

CTSA Director, Dr. Edna Foa, is the recipient of the 2018 Carole Johnson Humanitarian Award. Dr. Foa received this award on April 10th, 2018 at the Bridge of Courage reception hosted by Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR). Congratulations!

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.