Reaven Receives PCORI Funding for "A Comparison of Two School-Based Interventions to Manage Anxiety in Autistic Students"

December 12, 2022

In November, Colorado’s JFK Partners LEND/UCEDD Associate Director Judy Reaven, PhD, was awarded a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI grant). PCORI funds comparative clinical effectiveness research to enable patients and other healthcare decision makers to make well-informed health and intervention choices. Over the last decade, Dr. Reaven, JFK Partner’s faculty/trainee research team, and colleagues around the nation have published a solid record of evidence establishing the effectiveness of Facing Your Fears (FYF), a group cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). FYF may be implemented in clinic or school settings to reduce anxiety experienced by children and youth with autism, or autism and intellectual disabilities.

The newly awarded PCORI grant will take the CBT research program into the next phase of development by comparing two promising school-based CBT curricula, FYF and Zones of Regulation (ZOR), which take different approaches to management of anxiety symptoms. Furthermore, a high school Stakeholder Advisory Board will inform implementation of the study in schools that serve students and families from historically underserved racial and ethnic backgrounds, promoting equity by increasing the accessibility of often scarce resources in a natural environment. For more information on this developing investigation, visit the PCORI webpage on A Comparison of Two School-Based Interventions to Manage Anxiety in Autistic Students.