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Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD

Director

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center

Director, Yale OCD Research Clinic

Associate Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program

Research Interests

Basal Ganglia Diseases; Tourette Syndrome; Learning; Molecular Biology; Neuroanatomy; Neurobiology; Neurophysiology; Neurosciences; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Phobic Disorders; Psychopharmacology; Trichotillomania

Christopher Pittenger earned his MD and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, where his graduate work was done with Nobel Prize recipient Eric Kandel. He returned to Yale University - where he had done his undergraduate studies - for residency and research training in psychiatry in 2003. He joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2013.

During his Ph.D. studies in basic neurobiology, he became fascinated by the brain's ability...

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Michael Howard Bloch, MD, MS

Assistant Director

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center

Associate Director, Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program

Associate Director of the Tic and OCD Program

Research Interests

Child Psychiatry; Tourette Syndrome; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Trichotillomania; Meta-Analysis; Neuroimaging; Psychiatry and Psychology

Michael H. Bloch, M.D., M.S. graduated from Yale School of Medicine and completed his child and adult psychiatry training at Yale. He is currently serving as chief resident at the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. His research interests focus on studying Tourette syndrome (TS), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and trichotillomania (TTM) across the lifespan. His research focuses on developing better treatments for children and adults with these...

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Alan Anticevic, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology

Co-Director, Division of Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics (N3)

Research Interests

Affect; Cognition; Emotions; Memory, Short-Term; Schizophrenia; Substance-Related Disorders

Clinical Interests

Adult

Dr. Anticevic trained in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis where he worked with Drs. Deanna Barch and David Van Essen. Following his graduate training, Dr. Anticevic completed his internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Yale University. After internship, he joined the Yale University Department of Psychiatry as research faculty while concurrently serving as the Administrative Director for the Center for the Translational Neuroscience of...

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Eileen Billingslea

Clinic Coordinator, Yale OCD Research Clinic

Eileen Billingslea has a long history of involvement with a variety of research programs in the Yale Department of Psychiatry; she has worked at the OCD Research Clinic since 2008. She manages scheduling and patient data, and supervises most other aspects of the clinic’s day-to-day function.

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Michael J Crowley, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

Michael J. Crowley, Ph.D. is a child psychologist whose work focuses on key questions in social and affective neuroscience. Dr. Crowley earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004, where he studied under Nathan Fox. At Maryland, Dr. Crowley’s training focused on child internalizing and externalizing disorders. He completed a child-focused clinical internship through the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. Dr....

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Thomas V Fernandez, MD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry

Research Interests

Anxiety Disorders; Child Psychiatry; Genetics; Genetics, Behavioral; Tourette Syndrome; Psychiatry; Tic Disorders

Clinical Interests

Anxiety Disorders; Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity; Mental Disorders; Tourette Syndrome; Mental Health; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Mood Disorders; Substance-Related Disorders

Thomas Fernandez, MD, was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Yale Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry in July 2013. Tom is a child psychiatrist, psychiatric geneticist and a graduate of the Solnit Integrated Residency Program in 2011. Tom's research efforts include the following investigations into developmental neuropsychiatric disorders: (1) discovering genetic mutations in Tourette syndrome, motor stereotypies, and obsessive-compulsive disorder using next generation DNA...

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Patricia Gruner, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry

Patricia Gruner, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in OCD. She has specialized training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) with patients with OCD and related disorders, neurocognitive assessment, and neuroimaging. Dr. Gruner completed her doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University. She then completed postdoctoral training in Clinical Neuroscience at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, where she conducted fMRI and neurocognitive research in...

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Michelle Hampson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Assistant Professor; Yale Child Study Center

Director of real-time fMRI

Research Interests

Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Neurosciences; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Video Games; Neurofeedback; Psychiatry and Psychology

After completing an undergraduate degree in Computing Science at the University of Alberta, Dr. Hampson did her graduate work Boston University's Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, a department focused on computational neural network models of brain systems. She came to Yale as a postdoc to pursue her interests in human functional neuroimaging. During her postdoc, Dr. Hampson conducted some of the earliest studies of resting-state functional connectivity, validating the technique and...

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Stephen Kichuk

Research Assistant

Stephen came to the clinic with a long-held interest in anxiety disorders and OCD. His current interests are focused on behavioral healthcare access, delivery, and quality; programs to improve emotional intelligence skills; and the interaction of psychosocial/psychiatric factors and general medical problems. He works on participant recruitment and coordination of studies, clinical assessment, data management, and manages the clinic's social media accounts. He is also currently pursuing a...

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John H. Krystal, MD

Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience

Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Director: NIAAA Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism

Director, Clinical Neuroscience Division, VA National Center for PTSD

Director, VA Alcohol Research Center

Medical Director, Schizophrenia Biological Research Center, DVA

Research Interests

Alcoholism; Drug Therapy; Genetics; Neurobiology; Psychiatry; Schizophrenia; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Veterans; Neuroimaging

Dr. Krystal is a leading expert in the areas of alcoholism, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. His work links psychopharmacology, neuroimaging, and molecular genetics to study the neurobiology and to develop novel treatments for these disorders.

He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine. He also serves in a variety of advisory and review capacities for NIAAA, NIMH, Wellcome Trust, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the Karolinska Institutet.

He previously...

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James Frederick Leckman, MD, PhD

Neison Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests

Adolescent Psychiatry; Child Psychiatry; Tourette Syndrome; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Psychiatry; Tic Disorders; Global Health

Clinical Interests

Tourette Syndrome; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

James F. Leckman, M.D. is the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale. Dr. Leckman is a well known child psychiatrist and patient-oriented clinical investigator. For more than 20 years he served as the Director of Research for the Yale Child Study Center.

His peers have regularly selected him as one of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Leckman is the author or co-author of over 430 original articles published in peer-reviewed journals, twelve...

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Chiang-Shan Ray Li, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Alcohols; Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Mental Disorders; Biological Therapy; Central Nervous System; Nervous System; Nervous System Diseases; Psychological Phenomena and Processes; Therapeutics; Behavior Control; Research Subjects; Drug Users; Psychiatry and Psychology

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Graeme F Mason, PhD

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Psychiatry

Director Metabolic Modeling and Director Psychiatric MRS

Director, Neuroimaging Sciences Training Program

Chair, Magnetic Resonance Research Center Protocol Review Committee

Research Interests

Alcoholic Intoxication; Alcoholism; Amino Acids; Carbohydrates; Central Nervous System Diseases; Fatty Acids; Mathematical Computing; Substance Withdrawal Syndrome; Tobacco Use Disorder; Mood Disorders; Cocaine-Related Disorders; Alcohol-Induced Disorders, Nervous System; Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action; Physiological Effects of Drugs; Neuroimaging

Dr. Grame F. Mason develops experimental models and methods for studies of brain metabolism using 1H and 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Mass Spectrometry in conjunction with 13C isotopic labeling in vivo, in cell preparations, and other systems. His work began during his graduate studies at Yale where he used a rat model for the experimental determination of brain glucose transport kinetics, energetics, and neurotransmitter metabolism. Dr. Mason received further training at the...

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Linda C Mayes, MD

Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center

Director, Yale Child Study Center

Special Advisor, Dean

Research Interests

Adolescent Psychiatry; Child Psychiatry; Chronic Disease; Electrophysiology; Epidemiology; Pediatrics; Stress, Psychological; Behavior, Addictive; Psychiatry and Psychology

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Helen Pushkarskaya, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Comparative Medicine

Dr. Pushkarskaya focuses on neurobiology of individual differences in decision making under uncertainty (risk, ambiguity, conflict and ignorance) in healthy and clinical populations. The most recent group of projects investigates abnormal patterns in preferences toward uncertainty in Obsessive Compulsive and Hoarding disorders. She received her undergraduate training in Math and Physics at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and postdoctoral training in...

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Gerard Sanacora, PhD, MD

Professor of Psychiatry

Director, Yale Depression Research Program

Research Interests

Amino Acids; Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Mental Disorders; Nervous System Diseases; Drugs, Investigational

Clinical Interests

Adult; Depression

Dr. Sanacora completed an NIH sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program at the State University New York at Stony Brook, earning his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics in 1992 and his M.D. degree in 1994. He then moved to Yale University where he completed his internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program Residency in the Department of Psychiatry, and an NIH funded Neuroimaging Scientist Training Program Fellowship. He is currently an Associate...

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Matthew State, MD, PhD

Co-Director, Yale Program on Neurogenetics

Research Interests

Autistic Disorder; Mental Disorders; Child Development Disorders, Pervasive; Tourette Syndrome; Schizophrenia, Childhood; Tic Disorders; Asperger Syndrome

Clinical Interests

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Clinic Coordinator, Yale OCD Research Clinic

Postgraduate Associate in Psychiatry

Research Assistant

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Thomas G Adams, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry

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Alan Anticevic, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology

Co-Director, Division of Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics (N3)

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Michael J Crowley, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

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Thomas V Fernandez, MD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry

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Patricia Gruner, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry

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Michelle Hampson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Assistant Professor; Yale Child Study Center

Director of real-time fMRI

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John H. Krystal, MD

Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience

Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Director: NIAAA Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism

Director, Clinical Neuroscience Division, VA National Center for PTSD

Director, VA Alcohol Research Center

Medical Director, Schizophrenia Biological Research Center, DVA

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James Frederick Leckman, MD, PhD

Neison Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Pediatrics

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Chiang-Shan Ray Li, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience

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Gayle Maloney, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor

Director, Perth OCD Clinic

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Graeme F Mason, PhD

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Psychiatry

Director Metabolic Modeling and Director Psychiatric MRS

Director, Neuroimaging Sciences Training Program

Chair, Magnetic Resonance Research Center Protocol Review Committee

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Linda C Mayes, MD

Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center

Director, Yale Child Study Center

Special Advisor, Dean

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Helen Pushkarskaya, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Comparative Medicine

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Gerard Sanacora, PhD, MD

Professor of Psychiatry

Director, Yale Depression Research Program

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Matthew State, MD, PhD

Co-Director, Yale Program on Neurogenetics

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Past Research Staff

Mac Kelly, MAPP  

Former Research Assistant


Mac Kelly came to the clinic with an interest in anxiety disorders like OCD. He worked on participant recruitment, screening, assessment, and appointment coordination, as well as worked to establish the OCD Research Clinic's social media pages. He remains an affiliate member of the clinic while completing work on his experience-sampling project on daily symptoms of OCD in adults. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. 


Publication: Kelly, J. M., Jakubovski, E., & Bloch, M. H. (2015). Prognostic subgroups for remission and response in the Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management (CALM) trial. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 76, 267-78.

 

Ryan Simpson, MS

Former Research Assistant


Ryan joined the OCD Clinic staff to gain experience with patients suffering from anxiety disorders. During his time with the clinic, Ryan worked with patient file management, patient screening and assessment, and data management for all OCD Clinic studies. Additionally, Ryan assisted with collaborating partners of the OCD clinic and helped train Yale staff on the Biopac data acquisition machine. He also assisted with the facilitation efforts of the Clinic’s bimonthly OCD support group.


Publication: Pittenger, C., Bloch, M. H., Wasylink, S., Billingslea, E., Simpson, R., Jakubovski, E., Kelmendi, B., Sanacora, G. & Coric, V. (2015). Riluzole augmentation in treatment refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder: A pilot randomized placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.