Participate in Research

We are currently recruiting participants for a wide range of research studies, both online and in person! Our research work is funded in large part by the National Institutes of Health (NIMH) and by private foundations. 

We will offer you a confidential screening and evaluation to determine whether you are eligible for one of our studies. Through our research, you may receive compensation and/or treatment. Any treatment you receive as part of your study participation is provided at no cost to you.

Interested in Our Research Studies?

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Research Studies Screener

Current Studies

Brain Imaging for Individuals with OCD

The goal of the project is to identify brain signatures associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by comparing brain images of (1) individuals with OCD, (2) individuals without OCD, and (3) siblings of individuals with OCD. Eligible participants will be asked about their medical and psychiatric history, perform tasks on a computer, and receive a brain scan using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The study requires one in-person visit and one assessment by telehealth. Participants will be compensated for their time and effort and may also be eligible for treatment (delivered via telehealth) at no cost with one of our OCD specialists.

Brain Imaging for Siblings of People with OCD

The goal of the project is to identify brain characteristics associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by comparing brain images of (1) individuals with OCD, (2) individuals without OCD, and (3) siblings of individuals with OCD who do not themselves have the disorder. Eligible participants will be asked questions about their medical and psychiatric history, perform tasks on a computer, and receive a brain scan using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The study can be completed in one or two in-person visits. This study does not involve treatment. Participants will be compensated for their time and effort.

A Brain Imaging Study of Cannabinoid Medication for Adults with OCD

The goal of the project is to identify differences in learning and memory in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety by looking at computer task performance of (1) individuals with OCD, (2) individuals with anxiety, and (3) individuals without OCD/anxiety. Eligible participants will be asked questions about their medical and psychiatric history and perform tasks on a computer. The study can be completed online in one sitting. Participants will be compensated for their time and effort.

A Precision Medicine Approach to OCD Treatment: Targeting Neuroinflammation

We are seeking patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who are currently experiencing symptoms despite current medication treatment to participate in a research study involving brain imaging and treatment. The goal of this study is to examine whether a type of brain imaging called PET imaging can predict how much benefit patients will have in their OCD symptoms from treatment with an anti-inflammatory medication called celecoxib, which is not FDA approved for this purpose. This study is seeking adults between the ages 18 and 55 years old who have OCD. Eligible participants with OCD will receive a psychological and medical evaluation to determine eligibility for the study. The study involves a positron emission topography (PET) scan, which involves the administration of the experimental radioactive tracer to measure the level of inflammation in the brain, and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, followed by treatment with celecoxib. After completing research procedures, participants will be offered three months of treatment visits for OCD at no cost.

Seeking healthy controls for studies of OCD and anxiety

We are seeking individuals without any history of psychiatric disorders to serve as controls in our studies of OCD and anxiety. Studies may involve diagnostic interviews, MRI scans, and computer tasks. Compensation provided for time and travel.