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Welcome to the Center for OCD and Related Disorders


Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders by advancing our understanding and treatment.

Participating in a Study:

Are you on medication for OCD but still having bothersome symptoms? You may be eligible for our new treatment study determining who can achieve wellness through a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP), and then safely come off OCD medication while still maintaining wellness. For more information about this study and the treatment of OCD at our center, please visit the study site or contact Dr. Marcia Kimeldorf at (646)774-8049.

If you would like to participate in another treatment study or contribute to our research fund, please contact us at (646)774-7000.

Our current studies include:

  • Investigating whether patients on an adequate treatment dose of an SRI who are still having bothersome symptoms can achieve wellness with the addition of Exposure and Ritual Prevention treatment (EX/RP), and then, whether those who achieve wellness can safely slowly discontinue their medication treatment and maintain wellness (IRB#6628). See more here

  • Evaluating whether people with OCD, social phobia, and anorexia nervosa differ from each other in their stress reactivity or their response to new information (IRB#6430). See more here

  • Using mouse models to study the brain mechanisms underlying repetitive behaviors.
  • Developing innovative treatment approaches for compulsive hoarding.                                                             

  • Evaluating the effect of Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for patients with OCD. This treatment includes evidence-based exposure and response prevention (EX/RP) techniques. See more here


Click here to learn more about our CURRENT STUDIES!

Click here If you would like to support our research efforts through donations

We are NOW RECRUITING for our open Volunteer and Internship/Externship Positions! Click here for more information!