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Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD

Director

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center and Assistant Professor of Psychology

Director, Yale OCD Research Clinic

Associate Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program

Biography

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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Research Interests

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

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Michael Bloch, MD, MS

Assistant Director

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

Associate Director, Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program

Biography

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)

Biography

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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Research Interests

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

Clinical Interests

Adult

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Eileen Billingslea

Clinic Coordinator, Yale OCD Research Clinic

Biography

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 Crowley, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

Biography

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 Fernandez, MD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry

Biography

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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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

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Patricia Gruner, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry

Biography

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 Diagnostic Radiology

Director of real-time fMRI

Biography

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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Research Interests

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

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Stephen Kichuk

Research Assistant

Biography

Stephen came to the clinic with a long-held interest in anxiety disorders and OCD. His current interests are focused on behavioral/mental healthcare access, delivery, and quality; interventions to improve emotional skills; and psychosocial/psychiatric factors as moderators of 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 master's...

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John Krystal, MD

Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Neurobiology

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

Biography

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 Leckman, MD, PhD

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

Biography

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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Research Interests

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

Clinical Interests

Tourette Syndrome; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Chiang-Shan Li, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology

Research Interests

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

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Graeme Mason, PhD

Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and of Psychiatry

Director Metabolic Modeling and Director Psychiatric MRS

Director, Neuroimaging Sciences Training Program

Chair, Magnetic Resonance Research Center Protocol Review Committee

Biography

Dr. Grame F. Mason develops experimental models and methods for studies of brain metabolism using 1H and 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) in conjunction with 13C isotopic labeling in vivo. His work began during his graduate studies at Yale where he used a rat model for the experimental determination of brain glucose transport kinetics and substrate competition for oxidative brain metabolism. Dr. Mason received further training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he guided the...

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Research Interests

Alcoholic Intoxication; Alcoholism; Amino Acids; Brain Mapping; Carbohydrates; Central Nervous System Diseases; Fatty Acids; 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

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Linda Mayes, MD

Arnold Gesell Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), of Pediatrics and of Psychology

Special Advisor, Dean

Biography

Dr. Linda Mayes is the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center. After graduating from the University of the South in 1973, she received her medical degree at Vanderbilt University in 1977. Following an internship and residency in pediatrics, she spent two years as a fellow with Dr. Mildred Stahlman at Vanderbilt in the division of neonatology and worked in the area of developmental outcome of high-risk preterm infants. Dr. Mayes’s...

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Research Interests

Psychiatry and Psychology

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Helen Pushkarskaya, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Comparative Medicine

Biography

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

Biography

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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Research Interests

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

Clinical Interests

Adult; Depression

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Matthew State, MD, PhD

Professor (Adjunct) in the Child Study Center

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

Staff

Clinic Coordinator, Yale OCD Research Clinic

Research Assistant

Collaborators

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Thomas 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 Crowley, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

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Thomas Fernandez, MD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry

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Patricia Gruner, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry

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Michelle Hampson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology

Director of real-time fMRI

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John Krystal, MD

Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Neurobiology

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 Leckman, MD, PhD

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

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Chiang-Shan Li, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology

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Graeme Mason, PhD

Professor of Diagnostic Radiology 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 Mayes, MD

Arnold Gesell Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), of Pediatrics and of Psychology

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

Professor (Adjunct) in the Child Study Center

Co-Director, Yale Program on Neurogenetics

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.