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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 Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 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 Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C.
  • Be between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age
  • Have a 5th grade reading level 
  • Agree to take part in the whole treatment program, which will include 12-15 weeks of therapy
  • Have a current diagnosis of Depression and/or Anxiety. If you have other diagnoses like Substance Use Disorder, you may also be able to take part in the study
  • Be able to carry a pack that is ¼ your body weight for a long period of time (2-5 hours)

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

  • Hospitalization due to psychological reasons within the last month
  • Primary Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Level 2 or higher Autism Spectrum
  • Schizophrenia or current hallucinations (e.g., hearing voices, seeing or feeling things that are not there)
  • Active, current suicidal ideation
  • Active, current homicidal ideation or severe aggressive behaviors toward others, including animals
  • Eating disorders
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 34
  • Diabetic
  • Physical ailments or disabilities limiting person from hiking, camping, backpacking
  • Specific medications including Anxiolytics/Benzodiazepines, Opiates, or multiple Antipsychotics and Mood Stabilizers
  • Positive pregnancy test
  • Individuals currently undergoing 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)


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