Helping Children to Grow Up Brave: Evidence-Based Strategies for Helping Youth Overcome Fear, Stress and Anxiety

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 12:30pm – 4:00pm

"Helping Children to Grow Up Brave: Evidence-Based Strategies for Helping Youth Overcome Fear, Stress and Anxiety"

Presenter: Donna Pincus, Ph.D. 

Dr. Donna Pincus is Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. She has been the Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University for the past 19 years.  Dr. Pincus completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at Binghamton University, and her clinical internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Florida Health Sciences.  

Dr. Pincus has focused her clinical research career on the development of interventions for children with the most highly impairing and understudied anxiety disorders.  Her research has investigated novel formats of cognitive behavioral treatment, including intensive treatments, as well as the impact of including parents in treatment with youth.  She has been the recipient of numerous research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and local foundations.  She conducted the field’s first randomized trials to test treatments for early childhood separation anxiety disorder and adolescent panic disorder.  Dr. Pincus’ current research focuses on novel ways to transport evidence based treatments for child anxiety into community settings, such as schools and pediatric primary care centers.  

Dr. Pincus has also dedicated a significant part of her career to sharing accurate information about effective cognitive behavioral treatments for child anxiety disorders with the public. She developed a website to disseminate accurate information about child anxiety disorders to parents and professionals (  She has appeared on both local and national media networks, including NBC’s Today Show with Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, Nick News, National Geographic Television, Women’s Lifetime Television Network, ABC News’ 20-20 Downtown, and Good Morning America. She has recently published a book, Growing Up Brave:  Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety (Little, Brown, 2012).  Dr. Pincus regularly gives talks and workshops on child anxiety to parents and healthcare professionals. 



La Maison Francaise/Salon, Assumption College campus - Directions


During this workshop, participants will learn about the nature, assessment, and efficacious treatment of anxiety disorders in youth. Dr. Pincus will highlight results of recent trials aimed to expand youth’s access to evidence based treatments for anxiety, and will engage participants in experiencing cognitive behavioral strategies such as interoceptive exposure and building fear hierarchies. Participants will also learn how to distinguish between normal presentations of anxiety and clinical levels of anxiety, and will learn how to apply knowledge about child anxiety to a diverse set of cases. Lastly, Dr. Pincus will describe recent advances to provide treatment to youth in more “intensive”, or time limited approaches, to help youth return more quickly to healthy developmental trajectories.


This workshop is designed to help participants:

  1. Describe the three component model of anxiety 
  2. Distinguish between normal and clinical levels of anxiety in youth throughout development
  3. Describe several factors contributing to the etiology and maintenance of anxiety disorders in youth
  4. Utilize evidence based tools to treat anxiety disorders in youth 
  5. Summarize the benefits and drawbacks of intensive and weekly approaches to youth anxiety treatment