Weaving the Web:  Researching OBH and CBT Programs for Adolescents

The following provides information about the study. 

Study Description

The purpose of this study is to examine various behavioral, social, and emotional changes that result from engaging in an OBH and CBT treatment program designed for adolescents.  Behavioral measures based on depressive, anxious and substance use symptoms will be assessed.  Understanding the behavioral, social and emotional mechanisms associated with these treatments and how they are modulated before and after treatment will provide new knowledge necessary for developing more effective treatments. The overall purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of OBH and CBT treatments for adolescents. 

If you are interested in being a part of this study, Click here to Complete the Screening Survey

Please read the following information to determine whether your child is eligible for the study.

Inclusion Criteria - The following are characteristics that your child must have in order to be eligible for the study.

  • Live in California, New York, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts or Texas
  • Between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age
  • 5th grade reading level
  • For children, proper informed assent 
  • Parental informed consent and adult consent to participate in the study 
  • Current diagnosis of Depression and/or Anxiety per parent report.  Youth with comorbid diagnoses are eligible
  • Current secondary diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder (optional)
  • Score greater than a 47 on the YoQ and a 65 on the RCADS - these are assessments that you as the parent will complete during the screening survey
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of the treatment programs
  • Has the ability to carry a pack that is 1⁄4 their body weight
  • Youth who have received school services (including but not limited to social work / counseling services, mentoring programs, after school programs) are eligible to be a part of the study.

Exclusion Criteria - The following are characteristics that you child cannot have in order to be eligible for the study.

  • Primary Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Level 2 or higher Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Schizophrenia
  • Actively suicidal
  • Eating disorders
  • BMI greater than 34  
  • Diabetic
  • Physical ailments or disabilities limiting person from hiking, camping, backpacking
  • Specific medications including Anxiolytics/Benzos, Opiates, or multiple Antipsychotics and Mood Stabilizers
  • Youth who have a positive pregnancy test
  • Participation in another treatment or intervention study within one year of beginning the study
  • Individuals currently suffering from detoxification as a result of drug use in the last five days. If drug use occurs during this time period, the participant must wait until they have achieved five days of substance free behavior. This is done to prevent contraindications of treatment (e.g., interaction between drugs and the environment) 
  • Practicing violent behaviors to self or others within the past year 
  • Experiencing hallucinations (hearing voices or seeing things that are not there)
  • Youth who have participated in therapeutic programming (including but not limited to OBH or CBT) within the last year outside of school services [k2]


Dr. Michael Gass
Email: Michael.Gass@unh.edu
Phone: (603) 862-2024

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title:  Weaving the Web:  Researching OBH and CBT Programs for Adolescents

ClinicalTrials.gov Link:

Start Date: January 1st, 2021

Dr. Michael Gass, Principal Investigator
Dr. Anita Tucker, Co-Investigator
Dr. Semra Aytur, Co-Investigator
Dr. Nicolas Mian, Co-Investigator
Dr. Suzanne Graham, Co-Investigator
Dr. Tarkington Newman, Co-Investigator
Kendra Bostick, Co-Investigator

Study Site(s)
College of Health & Human Serivces, New Hampshire Hall Rm 301, Durham, NH 03824

Tags:  Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adolescents, 


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative

If you are interested in being a part of this study, Click here to Complete the Screening Survey