Anxious children and moms wanted for clinical research study

From: Virginia Tech Family Therapy Center

Children and their mothers who both experience anxiety wanted for a research study.

Researchers are recruiting children between the ages of 4 and 7 and their mothers to participate in a study to test the effectiveness of Theraplay, a form of play therapy in treating child anxiety, mother anxiety, and improving mother-child bonding. This study is run at the Virginia Tech Family Therapy Center under the direction of the FTC Clinical Director Jenene Case Pease, and two Human Development and Family Science doctoral students specializing in marriage and family therapy, Lauren Smithee and Katarina Krizova. Both doctoral students hold master's degrees in a mental health discipline, are trained in Theraplay, and work under close faculty supervision.

Participation would include 12 weekly therapy sessions at no cost and assessments before, during, and after treatment to measure progress. Mothers also receive up to $100 in gift cards. All sessions will be confidential. If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, please contact email us at or either call Lauren Smithee at (540) 208-5004 or Dr. Jenene Case Pease at (540) 231-5924.