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Research Studies

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)


Hoarding Disorder


Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder)



OCD Studies

Contact us at: 1-866-6MGH-OCD or

Adult Studies

“A Medication Research Study for Adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”

(PI: Darin Dougherty, M.D., M.Sc.)

Allie Sullivan
(617) 643-4387

The purpose of this research study is to test the effectiveness and safety of an investigational medication taken in combination with a selective serotonin receptor inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant in adults ages 18-65 with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The study involves nine visits to our clinic and three phone interviews over 21 weeks. All study procedures and medication are provided at no cost. Volunteers must be between the ages of 18-65 years old, currently prescribed a selective serotonin receptor inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, and in generally good health. Participants will be compensated for each completed study visit and reimbursed for parking.

“A Family-Based Examination of Information Processing”

(PI: Noah Berman, Ph.D.)

Allie Sullivan
(617) 643-4387

The purpose of this study is to examine the thinking styles of parents with OCD and those of their children.  OCD is a psychiatric illness characterized by persistent and intrusive obsessions and/or repetitive, time-consuming compulsions.  For this study, we are recruiting parents with OCD and his or her children (ages 11-17).  Your participation will include 1 phone visit and 1 clinic visit. The research study visits involve assessments of you and your child(ren), including: diagnostic interviews, questionnaires about various psychological experiences, and cognitive assessments. Parents will receive a $50 gift card for completing the diagnostic interviews and each family member that attends the clinic visit will receive an additional $25 gift card. Parking costs will also be reimbursed.

Detailed Study Description

Pediatric Studies

“D-Cycloserine Augmentation of CBT for Pediatric OCD”

(PI: Daniel A. Geller, M.D.)

Allison Cooperman
(617) 726-5578

This study is for kids ages 7-17 who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The purpose of this double blind placebo-controlled study is to investigate whether d-cycloserine, (an antibiotic), helps kids benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is the recognized treatment standard. Specifically, we are testing to see if d-cyloserine enhances the efficacy of CBT, leading to a decrease in OCD symptoms and marked reduction in obsessive and/or compulsive behaviors. The study consists of comprehensive assessment, 10 sessions of CBT over 8 weeks, and long-term follow up visits. This research may help shape future treatment of pediatric OCD. The study medication and associated therapy sessions are provided at no cost. Subjects may earn up to $240 for their participation. Parking is provided.

Detailed Study Description

BDD Studies

Contact us at: 1-877-4MGH-BDD or

Adult Studies

“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Supportive Psychotherapy for BDD”

(PI: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.)

Rachel Schwartz

The purpose of this research study is to learn more about two different forms of therapy to help individuals with BDD: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a promising new treatment for BDD, and supportive psychotherapy (SPT), the most commonly received therapy for BDD. The investigators would like to find out which treatment is more effective for BDD. Participants will be randomly assigned (like the flip of a coin) to receive 22 sessions (over 24 weeks) of either CBT or SPT.

Detailed Study Description

“Enhancing the Effectiveness of Behavior Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder.”

(PI: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.)

Allie Sullivan
(617) 643-4387

In this research study we seek to investigate the effectiveness of D-cycloserine as a memory booster for Exposure and Response Prevention in the treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. D-cycloserine is an antibiotic that has been used in the treatment of tuberculosis for over 20 years. Research so far demonstrates D-cycloserine does increase the effectiveness of Exposure and Response Prevention in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We would like to expand this research with D-cycloserine to see if it is effective with body dysmorphic disorder.

Detailed Study Description

Muscle Dysmorphia and BDD

(PI: Aaron J. Blashill, Ph.D.)

Katie Limoncelli
(617) 724-4354

This study is examining similarities and differences between body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and a subtype of BDD called muscle dysmorphia, among men age 18 and older. Muscle dysmorphia involves an excessive preoccupation with thoughts that one’s body is not sufficiently lean and muscular, and frequently involves excessive weightlifting. We are interested in recruiting both men with muscle dysmorphia and those with non-muscle focused appearance concerns. This one-time study visit is at the MGH main campus, and will last for roughly 2 hours, and consist of an interview with a clinician and filling out questionnaires. You will be reimbursed $50.00 for the completion of the study visit.

Detailed Study Description

“Oxytocin Biomarker for Body Dysmorphic Disorder”

(PI: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.)

Angelina Gomez

The Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking men who are very worried about how they look to participate in a research study. If you are eligible, participation involves blood draws, a clinical interview, questionnaires, and computerized tasks. Participation includes two brief visits to MGH and up to $100 compensation.

Detailed Study Description


Hoarding Disorder Study

Contact us at: 1-866-6MGH-OCD or

“Collecting and Goal Oriented Behaviors”

(PI: Jessica Rasmussen, Ph.D.)

(866) 6MGH-OCD

To participate in this study, you must:The Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking volunteers to participate in a one- visit research study involving a diagnostic interview (at no cost) and computerized tasks.

  • Have a diagnosis of Hoarding Disorder
  • Be 18 – 75 years old
  • Be in good general health
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be comfortable with and capable of using a computer

Participants will receive up to $75 compensation for completing the study and reimbursement for parking.

“Risk Factors Associated with Childhood Hoarding Behaviors”

(PI: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.)

Abigail Stark

The Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking volunteers to participate in a one-visit research study involving a diagnostic interview (at no cost) and testing. This study is for children ages 8-17 who have difficulties with saving and collecting behaviors, or problems with discarding items (toys, clothes, papers, etc.). Participants will receive up to $75 compensation for completing the study and reimbursement for parking.

Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder) Study

Contact us at: 617-643-8464 or EWU9@PARTNERS.ORG

 “A Genetics Study of Trichotillomania and Chronic Hair Pulling”

(PI: Nancy Keuthen, Ph.D.)

Esther Wu
(617) 643-8464

Do you pull out your hair?

If so, you might be interested in the Genetics Study of Trichotillomania and Chronic Hair Pulling, sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital are conducting a research study to learn more about the genetics links in the development and maintenance of Trichotillomania and chronic hair pulling. You may be eligible if you are between 18-65 years of age and frequently pull out your hair.

We are enrolling individuals 18-65 years of age who have been diagnosed with Trichotillomania, or have chronic hair pulling.

Participation is divided into 3 parts:

  • An interview
  • Self-report questionnaires
  • DNA (blood or saliva) sample to be collected at your visit

Study participation is strictly voluntary and may require 2-4 hours per person. Upon completion of all study tasks, each participant will be paid $50 for his/her participation.