Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  with Adolescents: A Comparison Study 

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. 

Participant Eligibility

We anticipate the involvement of 80 adolescent participants and their parents/guardians. Participants are required to be between the ages of 13 – 17 years old and identify as male, female, trans male, trans female, agender, non-binary, questioning, unknown or undisclosed.  Participants must have a reading level of at least 4th grade and be able to complete and understand the assent form (Appendix B).  Participants must have a diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder, Depression or Anxiety as verified by medical records.  If you consent to be a part of this study, the UNH Research Team will contact your medical provider to verify that information.  Participants need to be willing to participate in all aspects of the treatment program. Participants must have a score greater than Score greater than a score of 47 on the YoQ-2.0.  Participants need to have the ability to carry a pack that is ¼ their body weight. 

A participant will be excluded from the study if they have participated in another treatment or intervention study within the past year.   Participants who are suffering from detoxification, have active suicidal ideations, are practicing violent behaviors to self or others, and individuals with active psychosis will be excluded as well.


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

Additional Study Details

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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

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Study Site(s)
Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall Rm 101, 
Durham, NH 03824

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


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