Frequently Asked Questions About Us
Can I receive treatment there?
- We are a research clinic, not a treatment clinic, so we are not able to provide treatment services. We are, however, able to provide some treatment recommendations to people who are screened for research participation, and to talk with your psychiatrist, primary care provider, or therapist about these recommendations. We can also help you find a psychiatrist or therapist in the community, if you don’t have one.
What insurance do you take?
- We do not provide treatment services, so we do not interact with insurance companies. If you receive any form of treatment through our research, it will be free of charge to you, so you do not need to worry about insurance or copays.
Will I have to stop my current medications if I participate?
No. Use of medications does not rule out participation in general. More importantly, your clinical needs are prioritized above our research, so we don't want medication changes to be primarily motivated by participation in our studies.
Is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) available?
- Though not available directly from our clinic, some people may be able to receive CBT through qualified personnel in our building, the Connecticut Mental Health Center. We can also try to help you find a good CBT provider in the community.
How long will my involvement with you last?
Participation will be scheduled at your convenience, to the extent possible. Your involvement will entail at least a couple of visits. After an initial evaluation session, scheduling for individual studies may begin. Depending on the study, this may involve one or more additional appointments.
Is the information I share with you kept confidential?
- Absolutely. Not only are we required by law to keep your information confidential, it’s something we personally take seriously. Your information is kept strictly confidential.
How much does participation cost me?
- Participation will not cost you, save for expenses such as transportation to our facilities. In fact, if you participate in our research studies, you may receive some compensation for your time.
How much do you compensate me to participate?
- The amount you will be paid depends on the study (or studies) you participate in.
Can I participate in more than one study?
- You certainly can, and we welcome it, provided you meet study criteria.
I don’t have OCD. Can I still participate in research?
- We always need control participants with whom to compare individuals with OCD. Control participants need to pass a set of screening tests; psychiatric diagnoses, substance abuse, and major medical or neurological diseases are typically excluded. As with participants with OCD, control participants will be compensated for their time. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are at all interested.
What can you tell me about your support group?
Our peer support group is for individuals who have OCD to discuss matters surrounding the condition. Topics covered include living with OCD, treatment experiences, share things that have helped, etc. An open, accepting, non-judgmental atmosphere is emphasized is which people can be free to share without fear of shame or ridicule, and can receive empathic and active support from others.
Participation is free of charge, and individuals do not have to be participants in our research to attend.
When and where does the support group meet?
The group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 3:00-4:00. The location is at 34 Park Street, 3rd Floor, Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU) conference room.
Parking is available at Air Rights Garage. Please bring your ticket for validation. Please note that we cannot provide validation for parking in any other garage or lot.
How is the clinic funded?
- We are funded through various research grants and donations.