About the Youth Anxiety Center

Youth Anxiety is an under-recognized and inadequately addressed clinical issue. The Youth Anxiety Center is a clinical and research collaboration of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College with a common goal of understanding how anxiety affects youth and young adults as they transition out of the home into independent living, and when needed, to provide services to youth and their families to facilitate a successful transition to college or work and independent living.

In the summer of 2013, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in association with its medical school affiliates, Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, created the Youth Anxiety Center. It is through a unique collaboration of clinical treatments and basic research, NewYork-Presbyterian’s Youth Anxiety Center offers help and hope to undertreated and often misdiagnosed youth.

Director’s Message

From Dr. Herbert Pardes

Executive Director of the Youth Anxiety Center

“While anxiety can be a healthy emotion, for many it can become debilitating, disrupting their ability to do everyday things. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent group of psychiatric disorders in the United States, affecting roughly a quarter of the population at some point in their lifetime. This includes separation, social and generalized anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. Undoubtedly, this is a major public health concern.

Last year, a dedicated group of generous philanthropists helped NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital launch our new Youth Anxiety Center, a collaborative clinical and research program tasked with transforming our understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders in youth and young adults as they transition to adulthood. As part of our tripartite mission, NewYork-Presbyterians’ Youth Anxiety Center will provide an extensive range of clinical services, while conducting research to improve current therapies, develop new therapies, and improve our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie excessive anxiety, as well launch a public education campaign.

Through the unique collaboration of basic research and specialized clinical care by leaders in the field of Anxiety from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Weill Cornell Medical College, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, our Youth Anxiety Center brings help and hope to undertreated and often misdiagnosed youth and young adults.”