Computer-Based Training in Panic Control Treatment for Adolescents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2R44MH079525-02
Agency Tracking Number: MH079525
Amount: $921,542.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2007-2
Small Business Information
DUNS: 611659215
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 (206) 675-8588
Business Contact
Phone: (206) 675-8588
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This is a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR; R43/44) grant application to NIMH to support the further development and testing of an innovative, online training program in Panic Control Treatment for Adol escents (PCT-A). The current application represents a cooperative partnership between the PI's small business concern, Behavioral Tech Research, Inc., a company with an impressive history of developing innovative training programs for psychosocial treatmen ts, and the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, where PCT-A was developed and evaluated in a randomized controlled trial (RCT). PCT-A is a cognitive-behavioral, evidence-based treatment for panic disorder in adolescence and a dev elopmental modification of the gold standard treatment for panic disorder in adulthood (Panic Control Treatment; PCT). The proposed online training program will substantially aid in the vital training of community mental health clinicians and other commu nity practitioners in the utilization of this evidence-based treatment with adolescents. Specifically, the aims of this Phase II proposal are to: 1) Build on the successful development of the initial PCT-A online training prototype by creating a version th at encompasses all relevant PCT-A content and materials; 2) In creating the PCT-A online training in its entirety, we will add additional case-based scenarios and expand interactivities to further facilitate interest and to ensure generalization to clinica l practice; 3) We will continue to attend to usability and satisfaction variables by conducting extensive individual interviews with end-users during an iterative development process, and; 4) We will conduct a randomized control trial (N=120), comparing th e completed online training to the two most common forms of training in new treatment modalities instructor-led and text-based training formats. These conditions with be compared with regard to knowledge gains in PCT-A, recall of PCT-A components, and se lf-efficacy in conducting this treatment with adolescents diagnosed with panic disorder, in addition to learner implementation of PCT-A and performance-based assessment of skill in utilizing PCT-A. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Although empirically-based treatm ents do exist for children and adolescents diagnosed with panic disorder, only a relatively small percentage of this population will receive such treatments. Panic Control Treatment for Adolescents (PCT-A) is one efficacious approach for the treatment of p anic in adolescents. The lack of effective treatment availability is compounded by inherent difficulties in providing clinicians with training in treatments like PCT-A, beyond written text manuals or infrequent workshops. The intent of this project is to f urther develop and evaluate a comprehensive and interactive online training in PCT-A, in order to improve clinical outcomes for adolescents suffering from panic disorder.

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