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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 ocdclinic@partners.org

Adult Studies

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

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

Allie Sullivan
(617) 643-4387
ADSULLIVAN@mgh.harvard.edu

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.

“Pilot study of perceptual organization in body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder”

(PI: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.)

866-6MGH-OCD

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.To participate in this study, you must:

  • Have a diagnosis of OCD
  • Be 18 – 60 years old
  • Be in good general health
  • Be fluent in English

Participants may receive up to $50 for their time.

If you meet these criteria and would like more information, please call 866-6MGH-OCD.

Risk and Resilience Factors Associated with Cognitive Biases in Youth At-Risk of Developing OCD”

(PI: Noah Berman, Ph.D.)

Allie Sullivan
(617) 643-4387
ADSULLIVAN@mgh.harvard.edu

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

Volunteers Wanted to help learn about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in a study being conducted through George Mason University. If you have, or think you have, BDD or OCD, you can contribute to scientific knowledge about risk factors for poor outcomes in these disorders. Participation is confidential and involves completing questionnaires about your experiences online, at your convenience. All participants are entered in a raffle for compensation (up to 75 participants will receive compensation).
If you are interested in participating, visit our website for further information and to complete the survey:

 

Pediatric Studies

“D-Cycloserine Augmentation of CBT for Pediatric OCD”

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

Allison Cooperman
(617) 726-5578
ACOOPERMAN@mgh.harvard.edu

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 bdd@partners.org

Adult Studies

“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Supportive Psychotherapy for BDD”

(PI: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.)

Rachel Schwartz
1-877-4MGH-BDD
BDD@PARTNERS.ORG

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
ADSULLIVAN@mgh.harvard.edu

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

“Pilot study of perceptual organization in body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder”

(PI: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.)

877-4MGH-BDD

The Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and/or Body Dysmorphic Disorder to participate in a research study involving a clinical interview, questionnaires, and computerized tasks.

Muscle Dysmorphia and BDD

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

Katie Limoncelli
(617) 724-4354
KLIMONCELLI@mgh.harvard.edu

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

Volunteers Wanted to help learn about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in a study being conducted through George Mason UniversityIf you have, or think you have, BDD or OCD, you can contribute to scientific knowledge about risk factors for poor outcomes in these disorders. Participation is confidential and involves completing questionnaires about your experiences online, at your convenience. All participants are entered in a raffle for compensation (up to 75 participants will receive compensation).
If you are interested in participating, visit our website for further information and to complete the survey:

 


Hoarding Disorder Study

Contact us at: 1-866-6MGH-OCD or ocdclinic@partners.org

“Collecting and Goal Oriented Behaviors”

(PI: Jessica Rasmussen, Ph.D.)

(866) 6MGH-OCD
ocdclinic@partners.org

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
617-643-6204
amstark@mgh.harvard.edu

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
EWU9@PARTNERS.ORG

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.