The Child OCD, Anxiety & Tic Disorders Program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA is a world-renowned clinical research and training program that also provides state-of-the art evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents up to age 17 with anxiety and related disorders. Clinical trials test new treatment options while exploring the neurobiological, psychological and genetic underpinnings of OCD, anxiety and tic disorders. Eligible children may receive treatment through one of the program’s ongoing clinical trials. Please see below for information about current research opportunities.
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The research of John Piacentini, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of UCLA's Childhood OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders, was featured in a June 2 Medill News article. His study showed that a behavior-therapy technique to reduce tics associated with Tourette syndrome in children and adolescents was as effective as standard anti-tic medications, without the related side effects.
Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by tics like grimacing, blinking and vocalizations, is normally treated in children and teens with one of several antipsychotic medications. But such drugs usually don't eliminate all the tics, and worse, they can often have side effects, acting as sedatives, causing weight gain and impairing cognitive function. Now, a multisite study led by a UCLA researcher has developed an effective, non-medication treatment for children and adolescents with Tourette's and related tic disorders that has shown improvement similar to that found in recent anti-tic medication studies.
John Piacentini, professor of psychiatry and director of the Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program at the Semel Institute, was featured May 18 in the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Science News, Business Week and Asian News International about a new form of behavior therapy that can work as well as drugs in reducing tics in youngsters with Tourette syndrome.
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The UCLA Childhood OCD, Anxiety & Tic Disorders Program is a clinical research program that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and related problems in children and adolescents. Our primary goal is to provide effective treatments for youngsters suffering from anxiety disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Selective Mutism (SM), Tic disorders, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and Trichotillomania.
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