Since the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI) opened its doors in 1997, research has played an integral role in helping the program develop innovative treatment approaches to OCD. This year, the OCDI’s commitment to research was further solidified with the formation the Office of Clinical Research.
“By embedding our research program with our clinical team, we are truly living the notion of ‘evidence-based practice,’ which only enhances our care and keeps us on the cutting edge of OCD treatment,” explained Michael A. Jenike, MD, medical director and co-founder of the OCDI.
Led by Jason Elias, PhD, a full time behavior therapist at the OCDI and director of Psychological Services and Clinical Research, Elias formed the new office with Program Director Diane Davey, RN, MBA, to manage the increasing amount of research taking place at the OCDI.
“Over the last 15 years, more opportunities for research have presented themselves at the OCDI and it became clear that we needed to have a comprehensive and coordinated effort to formalize research projects within the program,” explained Elias. “We are excited to have a number of staff working with us, including Jesse Crosby, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow, Christina Gironda, research coordinator, Christine André, senior research assistant, and Jason Krompinger, PhD, a behavioral therapist who has also taken on additional research responsibilities.”
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