Martha J. Falkenstein, PhD

Martha J. Falkenstein, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
  • Director of Research, Office of Clinical Assessment and Research, OCD Institute

Harvard Medical School Title
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry


Martha J. Falkenstein, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of research for the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research (OCAR) at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. Her research focuses on investigating mediators and moderators of treatment response, and developing novel treatments for obsessive compulsive related disorders (OCRD). Dr. Falkenstein has received funding from NIMH, the International OCD Foundation, and Harvard Medical School (Kaplen Fellowship and Livingston Award) to support this work.

Currently, Dr. Falkenstein is principal investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Career Development (K23) Award testing a novel method of augmenting exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy with a smartphone-based intervention targeting cognitive biases, utilizing machine learning to develop personalized predictions of which individuals may best respond.

Education & Training

  • 2009 BS in Psychology, University of Maryland
  • 2013 MA in Psychology, American University
  • 2016 PhD in Clinical Psychology, American University
  • 2015-2016 Pre-Doctoral Internship, Southwest Consortium Doctoral Psychology Internship, New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System/Indian Health Service
  • 2016-2018 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, OCD Institute, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Board Certifications:
  • 2018 Psychologist, Board of Registration of Psychologists, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Phone: 617.855.4424
Office Address: Belmont campus - North Belknap, Room G28