Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department or School


Committee Member

Claudia Drossel, Ph.D., Ph.D.

Committee Member

Alexandros Maragakis, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Eamonn Arble, Ph.D.


Anxiety is one of the most prevalent psychological conditions in the pediatric population with significant impacts that often extend into adulthood. Pediatricians are in a unique position to screen and briefly intervene to facilitate early treatment and prevent long-term sequelae, but they often do not have adequate training. The current study addressed this gap with a brief online educational workshop that had two aims: to promote (a) screening for anxiety and (b) appropriate evidence-based interventions. Fifty-three providers participated, and 38 completed surveys preand post-training. Findings support the acceptability of the training, improved knowledge related to anxiety, and an increased readiness to manage anxiety during a medical visit. This study suggests the utility of a brief, online training on how to screen and provide evidence-based interventions for anxiety.