Current Research

Current Research

Quality Assessment in Exposure Therapy

PARC is partnering with Riverside Community Care in Massachusetts to learn more about what makes exposure therapy work best in practice. Exposure therapy is a form of talk therapy that is already known to be safe and highly effective for treating anxiety and OCD.

The BRAVE study is enrolling people who are seeking treatment at Riverside Community Care and are between the ages of 5 and 25.

Do you or your child:

  1. Feel the drive to do or repeat certain things, more than others?

  2. Have more fears/worries than peers?

  3. Have intensive physical feelings that come out of the blue?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, or are seeking anxiety treatment for you or your child, you may be able to participate in BRAVE!

Participating Riverside therapists receive specialized exposure training from the BRAVE research team. If you have specific questions about the research aspect of this study, please contact PARC at 401-432-1473.

Study participants will have exposure therapy incorporated into treatment with their Riverside therapist; all other parts of treatment will be the same regardless of study participation. Study participants will also complete four symptom assessments and a short questionnaire after therapy sessions, for which their time will be compensated.

The exposure therapy will be provided at the following Riverside locations in Massachusetts:

  • Lynnfield Location:

    • Address: 6 Kimball Lane Suite 310, Lynnfield, MA 01940

    • Phone: 781-246-2010

  • Upton Location:

    • Address: 206 Milford Street Upton, MA 01568

    • Phone: 508-529-7000

  • Norwood Location:

    • Address: 190 Lenox Street Norwood, MA 02062

    • Phone: 781-769-8670

  • Newton Location:

    • Address: 64 Eldredge Street Newton, MA 02458

    • Phone: 617-969-4925

  • Cambridge Location:

    • Address: 5 Sacramento St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    • Phone: 617-354-2275

Improving Access to Child Anxiety Treatment study

PARC is conducting a study to test two types of delivery of an effective treatment for youth with anxiety. The IMPACT study is enrolling children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 18 who may be experiencing symptoms of OCD or anxiety.

Common anxiety symptoms include:

  • Feeling driven to do or repeat things over and over

  • Intense worry or fear in social situations or when separating

  • Constant worry about everyday things

  • Intense physical feelings that seem to come out of the blue

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms and you are seeking services for your child, they may be eligible to participate in the IMPACT study.

Treatment in this study is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with exposure, a frontline treatment for anxiety and OCD symptoms.

Eligible participants will be randomized to one of two treatment delivery conditions:

  • Weekly outpatient therapy at Bradley Hospital

  • Weekly home-based therapy three times a month with one office-based visit a month​

Participants will not be able to choose which model of treatment delivery they receive, but participants in both groups will receive CBT with exposure. In addition to treatment, participants will take part in six assessment points and be asked to complete short questionnaires after each session, for which their time will be compensated.

For more information about the IMPACT study, please call 401-432-1469.

Intensive Program for OCD

The primary goals of the intensive program for OCD research are:

  1. To identify moderators of anxiety treatment response in an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related anxiety disorders, from among potential factors such as baseline symptom severity, comorbidity, and family functioning, and socio-demographic characteristics.

  2. To identify mediators of treatment response from among potential factors such as youth improvement in family functioning, reduction in family accommodation, and reduction in comorbid disorder symptoms and severity.


For questions about the intensive program research please call  401)432-1636

Bradley Hospital

1011 Veterans Memorial Pkwy

East Providence, Providence County

02915 USA