Teen Anxiety



More American teens are suffering from anxiety than ever before. Recent articles call attention to this epidemic, but we need to know much more before we can prevent and treat teen anxiety effectively. This is our mission, and in the Teen Attention and Brain (TAB) study, we focus squarely on the question of how best to identify and treat teen anxiety.

Please consider participating to help support these efforts, and to gain personal knowledge about teen anxiety that can be applied to daily life. Read below to find out more about the project.

If you have questions, you can call us at 212-650-3878 or email at emotionregulationlab@gmail.com. You can also go here to fill out our contact form and we will contact you to answer any questions you might have.


Teen Attention and Brain (TAB) Study

Principal Investigators: Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary (Hunter College); Dr. Amy Roy (Fordham University and NYU); and Dr. Carrie Masia-Warner (Montclair State University and NYU).

Funding: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Grant Press Release: Click here


Challenge & Background:

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness among teens, with symptoms frequently emerging during mid-adolescence, a period of rapid and profound brain development. Disruptions in attention towards emotional information is thought to contribute to anxiety. However, these disruptions and their neural bases are poorly understood. Our goal is to learn more about how patterns of brain activity related to how we pay attention in the world can inform how we prevent and treat teen anxiety.


Study Description:

We are currently recruiting 12- to- 14-year-olds for our research project. To capture a range of anxiety severity and symptoms, we are recruiting teens who show mild anxiety as well as those who show more moderate or severe levels of anxiety. This study combines measures of brain and behavior, including non-invasive fMRI and EEG, eye-tracking technology, and measures of mood and anxiety symptoms.  

The outcome of this study will help improve treatment of anxiety disorders in youth by making more personalized intervention approaches possible.

If you are interested in participating in the study and would like to learn more, please contact the Emotion Regulation Lab at (212) 650-3878 or complete the Website Contact Form.


See all our publications on Anxiety and Attention Bias Modification (ABM)


Below are some resources that can help you learn more about teen anxiety:

ADAA Brochure: Anxiety Disorders in Children

AnxietyBC® Talking to Your Child or Teen about Anxiety

Child Mind® Institute

Psychology Today: Preventing and Calming Kids’ Technology-Fueled Anxiety by Dr. Dona Matthews

Psychology Today: Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore: Technology and Teen Anxiety by Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary