Stress, OCD, and Anxiety Related (SOAR) disorders Institute

We at the SOAR Institute strive to help individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders and/or stress and learn more about factors which contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety symptoms.

We primarily focus on:

  • Factors with contribute to or prevent the development of anxiety symptoms, such as family interactions, intolerance of uncertainty, attitudes towards stress, and emotion regulation. This includes resilience in the face of stressors, such as chronic discrimination.
  • Novel treatments for anxiety and stress including technology assisted interventions and interventions in schools.
  • Experiences of discrimination and health disparities which may contribute to elevations of anxiety and stress in minorities, including ethnic and racial minorities and LGBTQIA+ individuals. We are interested in experiences of individuals from all ethnicities, races, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and are affirming of LGBTQIA+ individuals.

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We hope that our work improves the lives of individuals who have suffered from anxiety and stress, increases resilience in the face of stressors, and improves the lives of diverse individuals. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder or excessive stress or are interested in learning more about anxiety symptoms, stress, or resilience in the face of stressors you have come to the right place!

SOAR Institute
29 Mather Memorial Building
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 44106


Developing Resilience & Anxiety Management in Adolescents

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Congratulations to Lexi Smith, who proposed her dissertation!

Lexi Smith successfully proposed her dissertation thesis today. Her thesis is entitled "The Associations Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Psychological Symptoms, and Mental Health Utilization in a Diverse National Sample." Congratulations Lexi! We are so proud of you!

Join our research team

Our lab is accepting applications from applicants for the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. If interested, please see our page for interested applicants.

Study of Child OCD and Anxiety during COVID-19

Was your family impacted by the coronavirus? Are you or your child struggling with anxiety or depression about the coronavirus or social distancing?  Help CWRU researchers learn more about the impact of the coronavirus on children, parents, and families. If you have a child ages 7-17 and have been impacted by...