CHOICES – Collaborating to Help Optimize Interventions for Children Experiencing Stress

***CHOICES is not currently accepting new participants into the study***

What is the CHOICES study?

When getting help for a child struggling with depression or anxiety, there are lots of decisions to make. What kind of treatment fits your family best? What should be the focus of treatment? Who should participate in treatment? The CHOICES study is focused on developing effective ways for parents and children to make informed treatment decisions in collaboration with the therapist. We believe that family preferences and values are critical to planning effective treatment that fits each individual family best

Who can participate in CHOICES?

The CHOICES study is for families with children who are between the ages of 7 and 15 years old and exhibiting any of the following signs of anxiety or depression:

  • Appears sad, down, or irritable
  • Worries excessively
  • Has lost pleasure in fun activities
  • Fears something so much that it gets in the way
  • Is excessively shy

What does the study involve? •

  • Parents of interested families will speak with a study clinician over the phone to assess initial eligibility for the study. •
  • Eligible families will be provided with a diagnostic evaluation at no cost. •
  • Following the assessment, eligible families will be provided with up to 12 sessions of psychological treatment. Treatment sessions will be provided at no cost.
  • Parents can expect to receive $40-$120 for their completion of study assessments throughout the course of the study; children can expect to receive $20-$60 for completion of these study assessments.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about the study, please contact Dr. David Langer at 617-353-9610 or at