Leilani J Hipol Brett J Deacon Department of Psychology PROPOSED RESEARCH PROJECT Importance of Study Introduction Research Objective Clinical trials have clearly established the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral procedures such as exposure to feared stimuli, elimination of safety behaviors, and cognitive restructuring. However, dissemination of these procedures has been largely unsuccessful. Previous studies have demonstrated that community therapists, even those who self-identify as “cognitive-behavioral” in orientation, rarely use exposure-based treatments with their anxious patients. It is possible that the poor dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapy for anxiety disorders is especially pronounced in rural areas like Wyoming in which opportunities for training and supervision are scarce. Data Analysis Methodology The first author will attempt to survey all currently practicing psychotherapists in the state of Wyoming. Participants will be identified through their professional listings and contacted by phone and invited to participate in an interview for research purposes. If the interview is accepted, an appointment will be made to conduct the standardized interview via phone or in person depending on the location. The survey will be modeled from that of Freiheit, Vye, Swan and Cady (2004) and will ask respondents how often they use a variety of specific therapy procedures in the treatment of specific phobias, social phobia, panic disorder, OCD, and PTSD. In addition to listing evidence-based procedures such as various forms of exposure, the survey will assess use of other popular techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, EMDR, and hypnosis. Once collected, the survey results will be organized and analyzed to determine the overall frequency of the application of evidence based practices for anxiety disorders in Wyoming. These results may be compared with similar studies in other areas in order to consider variables such as the geographic location of urban or rural areas. Acknowledgements Special thanks to Dr. Deacon, and the McNair Scholars Program, specifically Zackie, Susan and Pilar for their outstanding commitment to making this project possible, and to my friends and family who support my endeavors selflessly.