Mission

At the UCLA CARES Center, our Mission is to reduce the burden of childhood anxiety and enhance family and community resilience.

The UCLA CARES Center approach is multifaceted, and focuses on five specific areas:

Education and Prevention

  • To support prevention and early intervention with youth, families, schools, and communities through increased recognition and understanding of childhood anxiety

Training

  • To promote a new generation of clinicians and scientists devoted to advancing the health and resilience of families affected by stress and anxiety

Innovation

  • To foster the development of innovative and emerging technologies focused on supporting children who are dealing with anxiety and their families, and to find new and effective methods of education, training, and intervention

Research

  • To develop, test, and disseminate new school- and community-based strategies for reducing stress and enhancing resilience among children

Public Awareness and Advocacy

  • To promote, through policy, awareness campaigns, and advocacy, a new standard of best practices in schools, local communities, and other systems of healthcare built from evidence-based, family-centered anxiety prevention research