Daniel Geller, M.D., founded the Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Tic Disorder Research Program in 1992. The program provides clinical service and engages in research related to OCD, tic and related disorders and is a resource for teaching and trainee supervision in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Psychiatry Department. Clinical service caters to children and adolescents needing diagnostic consultation, pharmacotherapy, or treatment recommendations and is provided in co-operation with CBT psychologists inside and outside of the MGH system. MGH has one of the largest clinics of children and adolescents with OCD in the US, serving the entire northeastern region. Research activity in the program has focused on the causes, phenomenology, developmental expression, psychiatric correlates, familial patterns, genetics, treatment and outcome of OCD and related disorders that onset in youth.
Dr. Geller is a triple-board certified physician (Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry) and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and recipient of several honors and awards in medicine and developmental pediatrics, notably from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation and the Tourette’s Syndrome Association as well as a career development award from the NIMH. He is a member of the Society of Development Pediatrics and serves on a number of expert panels related to OCD, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), The American Psychiatric Association (APA), the National Institute for Clinical Excellence of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK and the Cochrane Library, a compilation of expert reviews of medical databases of evidence-based medicine. Dr. Geller is lead author of the current AACAP Practice Parameters for Assessment and Treatment of OCD in Children, which defines the current best clinical practice guidelines for the field.