Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic
The Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic (ATRC) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is a specialized outpatient program dedicated to clinical service, education, and research in the area of anxiety disorders. Located in a large community hospital affiliated with McMaster University, the ATRC receives over 3000 referrals each year and provides comprehensive assessment and treatment services including an early intervention assessment stream for youth with obsessive compulsive disorder. In addition to offering state-of-the-art assessments and treatments for anxiety disorders, the ATRC is one of Canada’s leading centres for training and research in the area of anxiety. Each year, 25-30 students from various disciplines (psychology, psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, and social work) complete clinical and research training at the clinic, making it an exciting hub of activity with numerous opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The ATRC houses a network of established investigators with international collaborations researching various aspects of anxiety disorders. Research in the ATRC encompasses studies designed to further our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the etiology and maintenance of anxiety disorders as well as the development and evaluation of new assessment methods and treatment approaches including innovative cognitive behavioural interventions.