Eli R. Lebowitz Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

Research Interests

Anxiety disorders; Neurobiology; Hypophyseal Hormones; Family Systems; Parent based treatment; Technology

Current Projects

Investigation of mechansims and biomarkers of protective maternal behavior toward childhood fear and anxiety.

Explanatory clinical trial of a novel parent based treatmetn of childhood anxiety disorders.

Study of hypophyseal hormones in anxious children.

Study of behavioral avoidance using motion tracking technology.


Research Summary

Studying the course, character and neurobiology of anxiety disorders of children with an emphasis on the systemic and relational characteristics such as family accommodation to the child's symptoms. Development, testing and dissemination of therapeutic interventions for childhood anxiety, particularly parent-based treatment.

The study of avoidance, a core feature of anxiety, using novel motion-tracking technology and software.

Extensive Research Description

My lab studies behavioral and neurobiological systems relevant to the etiology, course, and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. We employ a range of methodolgies to identify and research key biomarkers in clinical populations. We focus on markers of childhood disorders and on biomarkers of relevant parental and maternal behaviors.

We conduct funded explanatory clinical trials aimes at identifying effective treatments and the mechansims by which the work. We also investigate moderators of treatmet outcome or markers of patients most likel to benefit from particular treatmetns.

We employ technological innovation to address difficult to study questions that are not amenable to conventional diagnostic or assessment tools.

Students in the lab are engaged in all aspects of research including patient evaluation and care and ongoing research projects.


Selected Publications

  • Lebowitz, E. R., Scharfstein, L. A., & Jones, J. (2014). Comparing Family Accommodation in Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Non-Anxious Children. Depression and Anxiety.
  • Lebowitz, E. R. (2013). Parent-based treatment for childhood and adolescent OCD. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2(4), 425-431.
  • Lebowitz, E. R., Woolston, J., Bar-Haim, Y., Calvocoressi, L., Dauser, C., Warnick, E., . . . Leckman, J. F. (2012). Family Accommodation in Pediatric Anxiety Disorders. Depression and Anxiety. doi: 10.1002/da.21998
  • Lebowitz, E. R., Panza, K. E., Su, J., & Bloch, M. H. (2012). Family accommodation in obsessive–compulsive disorder. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 12(2), 229-238. doi: 10.1586/ern.11.200
  • Lebowitz, E.R., Vitulano, L., Mataix-Cols, D., Leckman, J.F., (2011) When OCD takes over…the family! Coercive and disruptive behaviors in paediatric obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • Lebowitz, E. R. (2011) Anxiety disorders in childhood. In Van Holen, E, Lampo, A, Vanderfaeillie, J (Eds.) Nonviolent resistance and the new authority in family therapy, education and psychiatric care. (pp 69-73). Brussels: Brussels University Press
  • Omer H., Lebowitz E. R. (2007) Children's Fears: Choosing Support Over Protection. Tel Aviv: Sfarim
  • Lebowitz, E. R., Vitulano, L, Omer, H (2011) Coercive and disruptive behaviors in pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder- A qualitative analysis. Psychiatry, 74(4).
  • Lebowitz, E. R., Omer, H., Leckman J. F. (2011) Coercive and disruptive behaviors in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Depression and Anxiety
  • Omer, H., Yogev, I., Lebowitz, E. (2010). Gewaltloser Widerstand in der Behandlung von abhängigen jungen Erwachsenen: eine Serie von 10 Fällen. Pschoterapie in Dialog

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