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Anxiety Disorders Research Program

Overview

This program supports translational research on the etiology and course of anxiety disorders, including research aimed at an improved understanding of the similarities and differences in psychopathology among different anxiety disorders. It also encourages research on emergent preventive and treatment interventions. Research on affective processes related to anxiety and/or fear may be conducted from a behavioral or integrative perspective. Topic areas of research include emotion and emotion regulation, fear and threat related processes, motivation, cognition, and social and affective processes that contribute to an enhanced understanding of risks for disorders and to new approaches for preventive or treatment interventions.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Identifying phenotypes and endophenotypes as new targets for assessment and therapeutics that are emerging from integrative pathophysiology, neurobehavioral, and psychopathology research
  • Conducting translational research on emotion and affect dysregulation to find new strategies for treating disorders of anxiety
  • Identifying ways in which genetic and environmental factors interact to raise or lower risk for mental disorders
  • Developing new preventive and treatment interventions targeted to specific cognitive, emotional, or interpersonal components of the psychopathology of disorder
  • Using modern psychometric and statistical theories to advance fundamental conceptualizations of nosology and consequent approaches toward more focused assessment and treatment of the many dimensions and subtypes that constitute complex psychiatric disorders

Contact

Sarah E. Morris, Ph.D.
Program Chief (acting)
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7122, MSC 9625
301-443-9233, sarah.morris@nih.gov