Group Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Anxiety in Adolescents with Autism and Intellectual Disability: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Principal Investigator: Audrey Blakeley-Smith, PhD

COMIRB 20-3142

Funds awarded by the Department of Defense

This study investigates an adapted Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) group treatment to determine if it is more effective than services that adolescents with Autism (ASD) and Intellectual Disability (ID) are already receiving.

  • Teen and caregivers will voluntarily participate in a 14-week CBT therapy program
  • Families will complete assessments before and up to 6 months after the program
  • Current therapies will be tracked
  • Compensation will be provided

To qualify for this study, your child must be:

  • Between 12-18 years of age
  • Diagnosed or suspected of having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) AND intellectual disability (ID – performing significantly below grade level)
  • Struggling with anxiety, fear, worry, or emotion regulation

For more information, please contact:

JFK Partners (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Education II South

13121 East 17th Avenue

Mail Stop C234

Aurora, CO 80045


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