Dr. Davis on International Team That Receives $2 Million Specific Phobia Grant

Dr. Tom Davis, Associate Professor of Psychology, is a member of a research team that recently received an approximately $2,000,000 grant from the National Institute for Health Research to study treatments for specific phobia in the United Kingdom for 4 years.  Dr. Davis’ collaborators include Dr. Barry Wright (Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Lead Investigator), Dr. David Marshall (Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust), and more than a dozen others.  The grant proposal, entitled “A non-inferiority randomised controlled trial comparing the clinical and cost-effectiveiness of one-session treatment (OST) with multi-session cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) in children with specific phobias” was the sole proposal funded after beating out several other international teams.  The research will examine the relative benefits of community-based practitioners administering two different types of treatment for specific phobias (intense fears) in children in the UK, with the goal of finding out which treatment is more effective for alleviating childhood fears and more cost-effective.  For more information about this project, please email Dr. Davis.