Welcome to the CTSA

The CTSA is currently offering telehealth 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. 

Featured Clinical Program - Intensive Outpatient Program for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

We have exciting news to share! We are expanding our clinical offerings at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety to include an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  

  • We are currently planning our next cycle of the IOP and conducting evaluations. The official start date is still to be determined. 
  • The program will run 5 days per week for 6 weeks, during which we provide daily individual and group exposure and response prevention (EX/RP) for OCD. 
  • At this time, the IOP will be offered via telehealth only. 
  • All potential participants MUST live in a PsyPact licensure state (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas. Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia). Please note that while the treatment program will be delivered via telehealth, any participant who lives outside of Pennsylvania will need to be seen in person for their initial evaluation.
  • Our program is offered in-network for Quest insurance only. We are not in-network for any other insurance carrier, thus the cost of treatment will be entirely out-of-pocket for other participants. For those paying out-of-pocket, the cost for the IOP is $1,000 per day. If you plan to seek reimbursement from your insurance carrier, you will be required to seek a pre-authorization before starting the treatment program. We are happy to work with you to provide the necessary information your insurance company requires for this pre-authorization. However, reimbursement for services is not guaranteed by CTSA as this decision is ultimately between you and your insurance carrier. 


If you are interested in our new program or just want more information, please contact our clinic assistant, Amelia Herz at Amelia.Herz@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu and Assistant Professor and Clinical Director of IOP for OCD, Dr. Danielle Cooper at Danielle.Cooper@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu 


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“Re-entry anxiety is normal for everyone,” said Hillary Ammon, PsyD, an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “Those that chose to socially distance themselves or were encouraged to complete school or work from home became comfortable with those shifts in their behaviors.”

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