The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Anxiety Disorders Laboratory (ADL) is a clinical research laboratory established for the study of anxiety disorders. The ADL aims to conduct scientific research focused on (a) examining anomalous cognitive-perceptual processes (e.g., information processing biases, cognitive deficits, and safety behaviors) that are suspected to contribute to the maintenance of these quite common and debilitating problems, (b) developing or enhancing cognitive/behavioral interventions incorporating findings from basic research on cognitive processes, and (c) examining various cognitive/behavioral factors related to the process of fear reduction.
The ADL examines a wide range of anxiety problems, including social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive and its spectrum disorders, health anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We are utilizing various research paradigms and methods that include computerized cognitive experiments, eye-gaze pattern analysis, psychophysiological assessment, and brain imaging. Particularly, we are conducting several randomized controlled trial studies that aim to develop computer-based cognitive retraining programs for various anxiety problems and examine their underlying therapeutic mechanisms.