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Jun 21 2011

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Treating anxiety

Dr. Sarah Sass, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Tyler, has received a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to study a new approach to treating anxiety, Dr. William Geiger, College of Education and Psychology dean, announced.
With the $17,150 grant, Sass will develop a computer program that can divert people’s attention away from emotionally arousing stimuli that may contribute to anxiety. She hopes to show that attention training is capable of reducing symptoms of anxiety.
Her proposal was selected from a pool of 48 applicants from 17 Texas universities. The foundation awarded one-year grants totaling $226,770 to 13 tenure-track assistant professors exploring different aspects of mental health in Texas.
“Anxiety disorders affect millions of people in the U.S. For example, general anxiety disorder affects about four million adults, while social anxiety disorder impacts another 5.3 million adults. This highlights the need to continue to look for effective treatments and that is just what Dr. Sass is doing with this grant,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., Hogg Foundation executive director.
Serving UT Tyler since 2010, Sass holds a Ph.D. and master of arts degrees in clinical psychology, both from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.  Her research interests involve mechanisms and treatment of psychological disorders, emphasizing internalizing disorders such as anxiety and depression.

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