What to Expect
The first step in participation is a phone call to our clinic. During this call, a member of our clinic staff collects some basic information about people's symptoms and history and answers questions they may have about the Clinic and its operations.
If it seems like a person might be a good match for our research program, they are invited to make an appointment for an initial screening visit. At this screening, clinic personnel collect more detailed information about their symptoms and history. We seek to understand not only their OCD symptoms, but also other psychiatric or medical symptoms they may have, how the symptoms have affected their life, and what treatments they have tried in the past. This screening may also involve laboratory tests to make sure that people have no medical conditions that might preclude participation in research.
Clinic psychiatrists and psychologists are happy to communicate any treatment recommendations they may have to a person's own treatment provider. If they do not have an established treatment provider, we can often give some referrals.
Depending upon which study or studies people will be participating in, after the initial screening visit, they are asked to come back for one or more follow-up appointments to complete specific research protocols. For most of our studies, we are able to pay research participants a small amount of money as a ‘thank-you’ for participation.