Streamlined pediatric anxiety program for school mental health services

Armando A. Pina, Ryan D. Stoll, Lindsay E. Holly, Henry Wynne, Amanda Chiapa, Julia Parker, Linda Caterino, Sarah J. Tracy, Nancy A. Gonzales, Alejandro Valdivieso

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There needs to be serious transformation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) into real-world solutions; otherwise, EBIs will never achieve the intended public health impact. In a randomized trial, we reported effects of a redesigned anxiety program. Herein, we described the redesign process that led to the program. Survey data revealed provider preferences for school mental health anxiety services. Focus groups and prototype feedback sessions revealed service barriers to uptake, implementation, and sustainability along with corresponding enabling strategies. Prototype feedback sessions also focused on refinement and fine-tuning of the redesign. In the end, traditional EBI strategies were transformed and packaged into six lessons, lasting 20–30 minutes each, and amenable to delivery in small-group format. The redesign achieved the intended purpose of retaining elements from cognitive and behavior therapy and social skills training for the target population of the intervention (e.g., 3rd to 5th graders with heterogeneous anxiety problems - identified and referred). The streamlined EBI is accessible from PBS LearningMedia™ - a service that hosts public, research-based, and school-ready materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102655
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • Anxiety intervention
  • Anxiety treatment for youth
  • Evidence-based intervention for youth
  • Pediatric anxiety
  • School mental health
  • User-centered design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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