Blackford and Benningfield call for greater attention to anxiety in research, clinical practice

Jenni Blackford, PhD and Meg Benningfield, MD published a viewpoint in JAMA psychiatry along with Kristy Allen, PhD from University of Tennessee, highlighting the need for a greater emphasis on childhood anxiety in psychiatry research and practice.  Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health conditions among youth and contribute to significant costs for society.  In this piece, Drs. Blackford and Benningfield suggest several priorities for a path forward including a focus on social anxiety as a primary target for intervention.  

Read the article here: doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0585.

Allen KB, Benningfield M, Blackford JU. Childhood Anxiety—If We Know So Much, Why Are We Doing So Little? JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 13, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0585


Meg Benningfield, MD