Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Welcome to the CTSA

The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania is…
  • An internationally renowned treatment research center dedicated to developing, refining, and testing state-of-the-art therapies for anxiety and traumatic stress disorders.
  • A world recognized clinic, which provides evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders.
  • A well-established resource for professionals, offering specialized training in the treatment of anxiety disorders to health professionals around the world.

We welcome referrals from professionals and inquiries directly from patients.

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CTSA in the News

July 24, 2019: Dr. Sandy Capaldi, CTSA's Associate Director on National Public Radio, Inc.: How To Help Your Anxious Partner — And Yourself

Anxiety is experienced at many different levels and in different forms — from moderate to debilitating, from generalized anxiety to phobias — and its impacts can vary. But psychiatrists and therapists say there are ways to help your partner navigate challenges while you also take care of yourself.

January 28, 2019: CTSA's Dr. Jere,y Tyler discusses 10 Things You Need to Know if Your Partner Has Anxiety on

Intimate relationships can suffer if you're not dealing with the elephant in the room.

December 2, 2018: Dr. Jeremy Tyler, Trust the process: treating PTSD

7% of Americans will grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives… One of the most common and effective ways to treat PTSD is Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy, in which Tyler is an expert. The process primarily utilizes aspects of talk therapy to help patients process and understand their traumas, gradually returning to a less stressful mental state.

September 6, 2018: Dr. Thea Gallagher, director of CTSA's open clinic, on Penn Medicine News: Fad Treatment Methods, Exposure Therapy, and the Importance of Data

Fringe treatments like LSD prescriptions and scream therapy improve mental health for some, but Dr. Thea Gallagher wouldn’t recommend them to patients at large due to very little evidence-based information to support them.

August 2018: CTSA clinic director, Dr. Gallagher, discusses the experience of a panic attack

The way psychologist Thea Gallagher likes to explain it, a panic attack is like a fire alarm. Every time it goes off, our entire body and mind act as if there is an actual life-threatening house fire … even if we’ve only burned some toast in the toaster oven.

CTSA Studies and Programs

Training Opportunities for Professionals

The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety offers a number of professional workshops for mental health practitioners who are looking to extend their training in empirically-supported treatments for anxiety disorders. Our current workshop offerings include Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD, PE Supervisor Workshops, and Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD, among others. Please visit our Training Opportunities page to learn more.