Evidence-Based Programs

REACH for Personal and Academic Success

REACH is a 6-session program designed to promote effective coping strategies for children and adolescents. The program teaches skills that enhance self-regulation of emotion, social competence, cognitive self-control, and self-efficacy for handling stressful situations. The program focuses on these skills because research has shown them to be powerful resources for helping children cope with situations that can be stressful and anxiety provoking. The strategies used in REACH have been rigorously evaluated in several of our studies and in the work of others, nationally and worldwide.

Current Research

Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, we are conducting research relevant to understanding the mechanisms by which REACH strategies achieve its positive effects as well as new tools and modalities for diffusing our protocols, including REACH and Acercamiento.

REACH for Personal and Academic Success

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Grants

NIMH Grant 5K01MH086687-05. School-based Prevention for Childhood Anxiety.

Prinicpal Investigator: A. Pina. 2010 – 2015

NICHD Grant 5R01HD068522-03. The roles of emotion regulation and peer context in children’s achievement.

Principal Investigators: C. Valiente and N. Esienberg. Co-Investigators: A. Pina. T. Spinrad, and M. Thompson. 2012-2017

Publications

  • Holly, L. E., & Pina, A. A. (2014). Variations in the Influence of Parental Socialization of Anxiety among Clinic Referred Children. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 1-11.

  • Holly, L. E., Little, M., Pina, A. A., & Caterino, L. C. (2014). Assessment of anxiety symptoms in school children: a cross-sex and ethnic examination. Journal of abnormal child psychology, 1-13.

  • Pina, A. A., Holly, L. E., Zerr, A. A., & Rivera, D. E. (2014). A personalized and control systems engineering conceptual approach to target childhood anxiety in the contexts of cultural diversity. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43(3), 442-453.

  • Pina, A. A., & Gonzales, N. A. (2014). The Role of Theory and Culture in Child and Adolescent Prevention Science: Introduction to the Special Section. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43(3), 397-399.

  • Zerr, A. A., & Pina, A. A. (2014, April). Predictors of Initial Engagement in Child Anxiety Mental Health Specialty Services. In Child & youth care forum (Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 151-164). Springer US.

  • Pina, A. A., Little, M., Wynne, H., & Beidel, D. C. (2014). Assessing Social Anxiety in African American Youth using the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory for Children. Journal of abnormal child psychology, 42(2), 311-320.

  • Pina, A. A., Zerr, A. A., Villalta, I. K., & Gonzales, N. A. (2012). Indicated prevention and early intervention for childhood anxiety: A randomized trial with Caucasian and Hispanic/Latino youth. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 80(5), 940.

  • Alfano, C. A., Pina, A. A., Zerr, A. A., & Villalta, I. K. (2010). Pre-sleep arousal and sleep problems of anxiety-disordered youth. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 41(2), 156-167.

  • Knight, G. P., & Zerr, A. A. (2010). Introduction to the special section: Measurement equivalence in child development research. Child Development Perspectives, 4(1), 1-4.

  • Knight, G. P., & Zerr, A. A. (2010). Informed theory and measurement equivalence in child development research. Child Development Perspectives, 4(1), 25-30.

  • Weems, C. F., & Pina, A. A. (2010). The assessment of emotion regulation: Improving construct validity in research on psychopathology in youth—An introduction to the special section. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 32(1), 1-7.

  • Sulik, M. J., Huerta, S., Zerr, A. A., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., Valiente, C., ... & Taylor, H. B. (2010). The factor structure of effortful control and measurement invariance across ethnicity and sex in a high-risk sample. Journal of psychopathology and behavioral assessment, 32(1), 8-22.

  • Costa, N. M., Weems, C. F., & Pina, A. A. (2009). Hurricane Katrina and youth anxiety: The role of perceived attachment beliefs and parenting behaviors. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23(7), 935-941.

  • Alfano, C. A., Pina, A. A., Villalta, I. K., Beidel, D. C., Ammerman, R. T., & Crosby, L. E. (2009). Mediators and moderators of outcome in the behavioral treatment of childhood social phobia. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 48(9), 945-953.

  • Silverman, W. K., Kurtines, W. M., Jaccard, J., & Pina, A. A. (2009). Directionality of change in youth anxiety treatment involving parents: an initial examination. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(3), 474.

  • Pina, A. A., Zerr, A. A., Gonzales, N. A., & Ortiz, C. D. (2009). Psychosocial interventions for school refusal behavior in children and adolescents. Child development perspectives, 3(1), 11-20.

  • Pina, A. A., Villalta, I. K., & Zerr, A. A. (2009). Exposure-based cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety in youth: An emerging culturally-prescriptive framework. Behavioral Psychology, 17, 111-135.

  • Carter, R., Jaccard, J., Silverman, W. K., & Pina, A. A. (2009). Pubertal timing and its link to behavioral and emotional problems among ‘at-risk’African American adolescent girls. Journal of adolescence, 32(3), 467-481.

  • Pina, A. A., Little, M., Knight, G. P., & Silverman, W. K. (2009). Cross-ethnic measurement equivalence of the RCMAS in Latino and White youth with anxiety disorders. Journal of personality assessment, 91(1), 58-61.

  • Silverman, W. K., Pina, A. A., & Viswesvaran, C. (2008). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for phobic and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 37(1), 105-130.

  • Barrett, P. M., Farrell, L., Pina, A. A., Peris, T. S., & Piacentini, J. (2008). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for child and adolescent obsessive–compulsive disorder. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 37(1), 131-155.

  • Pina, A. A., Villalta, I. K., Ortiz, C. D., Gottschall, A. C., Costa, N. M., & Weems, C. F. (2008). Social support, discrimination, and coping as predictors of posttraumatic stress reactions in youth survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 37(3), 564-574.

  • Weems, C. F., Watts, S. E., Marsee, M. A., Taylor, L. K., Costa, N. M., Cannon, M. F., ... & Pina, A. A. (2007). The psychosocial impact of Hurricane Katrina: Contextual differences in psychological symptoms, social support, and discrimination. Behaviour research and therapy, 45(10), 2295-2306.

  • Weems, C. F., Pina, A. A., Costa, N. M., Watts, S. E., Taylor, L. K., & Cannon, M. F. (2007). Predisaster trait anxiety and negative affect predict posttraumatic stress in youths after Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75(1), 154.

  • Pina, A. A., & Silverman, W. K. (2004). Clinical phenomenology, somatic symptoms, and distress in Hispanic/Latino and European American youths with anxiety disorders. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 33(2), 227-236.

  • Pina, A. A., Silverman, W. K., Fuentes, R. M., Kurtines, W. M., & Weems, C. F. (2003). Exposure-based cognitive-behavioral treatment for phobic and anxiety disorders: Treatment effects and maintenance for Hispanic/Latino relative to European-American youths. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(10), 1179-1187.

  • Pina, A. A., Silverman, W. K., Weems, C. F., Kurtines, W. M., & Goldman, M. L. (2003). A comparison of completers and noncompleters of exposure-based cognitive and behavioral treatment for phobic and anxiety disorders in youth. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 71(4), 701.

  • Yeganeh, R., Beidel, D. C., Turner, S. M., Pina, A. A., & Silverman, W. K. (2003). Clinical distinctions between selective mutism and social phobia: an investigation of childhood psychopathology. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(9), 1069-1075.

  • Weems, C. F., Silverman, W. K., Rapee, R. M., & Pina, A. A. (2003). The role of control in childhood anxiety disorders. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 27(5), 557-568.

  • Pina, A. A., Silverman, W. K., Saavedra, L. M., & Weems, C. F. (2001). An analysis of the RCMAS lie scale in a clinic sample of anxious children. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 15(5), 443-457.

  • Silverman, W. K., Saavedra, L. M., & Pina, A. A. (2001). Test-Retest Reliability of Anxiety Symptoms and Diagnoses With the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for DSM-IV: Child and Parent Versions. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 40(8), 937-944.

  • Weems, C. F., Silverman, W. K., Saavedra, L. M., Pina, A. A., & Lumpkin, P. W. (1999). The discrimination of children's phobias using the Revised Fear Survey Schedule for Children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 40(6), 941-952.