GATE Study:

Generalized Anxiety Treatment Evaluation

About the Study

We are currently conducting a research study that provides treatment for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) to eligible participants at no cost.  The goal of the study is compare the effectiveness of three psychological treatments for GAD:

- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

- Yoga Therapy

- Stress Education Therapy

What Does the Study Involve?

This study involves:
·A formal psychiatric interview
·Weekly group treatment sessions for 12 weeks
·Periodic interview and questionnaire assessments to track progress
​ ·Several electrocardiograms and saliva samples

​Each study visit will take a few hours, and will take place in our clinic at Boston University. Participants will receive financial compensation for these visits. Treatment will be free of charge and be delivered by qualified instructors. 

Who is the Study For?

This is a study for adults in the Boston area who are suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which is a condition characterized by severe and uncontrollable worry and anxiety about a number of different areas of a person’s life.  Click here to read more about GAD. 

If you have had extensive experience with CBT or yoga in the past 3 years you may not be eligible.  If you are unsure if this applies to you, please call and ask.

Who We Are

This study is being conducted at the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University.  The research is led by Stefan Hofmann, Ph.D.   

​This study is funded by the National Center for Complementary and Health (NCICH), a branch of the National Institute of Health (NIH). 

What will the treatments look like? 

Each of the three treatments is conducted by qualified trainers in groups of 4-6 people with two instructors per group.  Eligible participants will be assigned randomly to either one of these therapies. All treatments consist of 12 weekly sessions (two hours each), as well as assigned activities in between sessions that offer the opportunity to solidify the knowledge learned in session on your own time.  The groups will meet at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at a time that is convenient for everybody.