Current Studies

We are currently recruiting participants for a wide range of research studies! Our research work is funded in large part by the National Institutes of Health (NIMH) and by private foundations. If you are interested in participating in one of our research studies, please call (646) 774-8062 to speak with a research coordinator. We will offer you a confidential screening and evaluation to determine whether you are eligible for one of our studies. Any treatment you receive as part of your study participation is provided at no cost to you.

You can view and inquire about our current studies by visiting RecruitMe and searching "OCD".

  • For this study, eligible participants will be asked questions about their symptoms and complete a medical evaluation. You will receive a medication, and be monitored by medical professionals. You will also be asked to complete questionnaires. The purpose of this study is to assess to evaluate a medication for the treatment of 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The purpose of this study is to learn more about how individuals with OCD and anxiety disorders respond to a stress reactivity task. This study may help us to better understand the brain basis of OCD and anxiety disorders so that we can improve treatments. You will be asked to complete a stress reactivity task and questionnaires about your symptoms and health for compensation of up to $100.
  • 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.
  • The Center for OCD and Related Disorders and the Institute of Genomic Medicine is conducting a study to look for genetic causes of OCD. Our goal is to look at the genes of individuals with OCD to see if we can identify what may have put those individuals at risk for OCD. Participants will receive a clinical evaluation at no cost, a blood draw (up to 2 tablespoons) and compensation for their time. Significant findings from these genetic tests will be reported back to participants (if they chose to be notified of results).