Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary awarded $1.59 million NIH Grant to Study Adolescent Anxiety

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Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary has been awarded a High Priority, Short-Term Project Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the amount of $1.59 million over 2 years. The grant will fund a research study investigating anxiety in adolescents, which will be jointly conducted at Hunter College and New York University Langone Health’s Child Study Center, and Fordham University. Collaborators on the study include Dr. Amy Roy (Fordham and NYU) and Dr. Carrie Masia-Warner (Montclair State University and NYU). Read the press release here.

For many people, adolescence is a time when anxiety emerges at its fullest throttle; this developmental period, which comes with its own stressors and difficulties, can be particularly difficult for people prone to anxiety. The study will examine a novel target of intervention for anxious youth, the anxiety-related attention bias, which is the propensity to over-focus attention on fear-based thoughts and potential threats in the environment. Using an innovative combination of brain-based and behavioral methods, the primary aim is to establish core subtypes of attention bias in anxious adolescents, and test links with specific anxiety symptoms. Once these subtypes are better understood and more easily identified, early detection and treatment of anxiety for this vulnerable population and prevention of adult mental health problems will be strengthened.

Dr. Dennis-Tiwary’s research team include Ph.D. students Sarah Myruski, Samantha Denefrio, Hyein Cho, and Boyang Fan from the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and Health Psychology and Clinical Science programs at The CUNY Graduate Center, post-baccalaureates with degrees in Psychology, as well as Master’s and undergraduate students from the Psychology Department at Hunter College.

We are currently recruiting 12- to 14- year olds for a research study about teen anxiety. For further information about the Teen Brain and Attention Study (TAB) click here and if you are interested in participating in the study, please contact the Emotion Regulation Lab at (212) 650-3878 or complete the Website Contact Form.