Our work in the Arch Lab focuses on understanding and developing interventions for anxiety disorders, stress, and the connection between anxiety and serious disease - such as coping with cancer. We study mindfulness and acceptance-based as well as exposure-based behavioral interventions both in laboratory settings and in community cancer clinics throughout the region.
Collectively, anxiety disorders are the most common category of mental health disorders (affecting nearly one out of five Americans in their lifetime (Kessler et al., 2005) and costing the U.S. more than $42 billion per year (DeVane et al., 2005)). Among cancer patients and survivors, a common and often unaddressed psychological concern is elevated anxiety, which predicts lower quality of life and medical overutilization. Learning more efficacious interventions for those with anxiety disorders can help improve quality of life for individuals and benefit society as a whole.