Lurie’s Children’s Hospital

Tompkins and Associates was sought out to be one of three Chicagoland practices chosen to be a treatment site in a national study to evaluate the best treatment practices for childhood anxiety. The PACY study (Partners in Caring for Anxious Youth) was awarded to the collaboration of Lurie Children’s Hospital, University of California Los Angeles and the University of Cincinnati by PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) in 2019.

In a previously funded national study designed to measure the most effective treatment of childhood anxiety, the combination of CBT (therapy) and medication yielded a 65% remission rate compared to 35% for CBT (therapy) alone. This current study is an attempt to compare the efficacy of a longer duration of CBT (6-month acute treatment phase and 6 months of follow up) combined with the additional variables of family involvement and treatment taking place within the community for both medication and non-medication groups.

As a treatment site for the PCAY study, all of our psychologists have received extensive training in evidenced-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and exposure based treatment interventions, which are the basis of treatment for the study. This training extends to all clients seen in the practice and allows our psychologists to provide the most up to date treatment for childhood anxiety.

Tompkins and Associates was chosen because of an established referral relationship with Lurie Children’s MACC (Mood, Anxiety and ADHD Collaborative Care) program out of their Department of Psychiatry whereby children and their families are referred to our practice for treatment.