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Everything You Need To Know About Hoarding Disorder

Hoarding disorder is a mental health condition characterized by saving items that appear to have little or no worth, often accumulating magazines, mail, newspapers, and old clothing. Between reality TV shows and common misconceptions about the condition, hoarding disorder is deeply misunderstood by...

Everything You Need To Know About Anxiety

When we think of “anxiety,” we tend to think about feeling stressed out. Actually, anxiety is our body’s reaction to a threat to our well-being. Without anxiety, we would not react when we are in danger, and we likely wouldn’t be alive today without it. However, anxiety can be so much more than...

Everything You Need To Know About Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy

Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a serious condition that can disrupt someone’s daily life. It is marked by obsessions, or unwanted intrusive thoughts, and physical or mental actions taken to relieve anxiety associated with the obsessions. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is...

Everything You Need To Know About OCD

We all experience anxiety, a feeling of dread that happens to be your body’s natural response to stress. It may be brought on by a variety of circumstances, including making an important decision, an upcoming test, or meeting someone new. If someone is living with an anxiety disorder like OCD, these...

Everything You Need To Know About OCD in Kids and Teens

While working on a project together, you see a friend packing up their work supplies in a very neat fashion. You can’t help but point out that they’ve organized all their pens to be lined up in order of color and all facing the same direction in their box. “Oh,” they reply. “That’s just my OCD.”...

Everything You Need To Know About OCD in the Age of COVID-19

“There’s a large perception that people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are struggling more than usual as we deal with the coronavirus. In reality, it’s a pretty complex picture,” said Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD, coordinator of Clinical Assessment for McLean’s OCD Institute. Based on recent...

Staff Profile: Diane Davey, RN, MBA

Ms. Davey has been a member of the McLean community since 1985. After working in inpatient and residential programs using a cognitive-behavioral approach, she was a co-founder of the OCD Institute when it opened in 1997 as the first residential treatment program for OCD in the country. Since that...

Staff Profile: Scott L. Rauch, MD

Scott L. Rauch, MD, is president, psychiatrist in chief, and Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Chair of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He is also professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School as well as chair of System Behavioral and Mental Health for Mass General Brigham. Dr. Rauch is past...

Staff Profile: Brian P. Brennan, MD, MMSc

Brian P. Brennan, MD, MMSc, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is the medical director of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital—a world-renowned intensive residential treatment facility for patients with severe OCD and related disorders. He...

Staff Profile: Jacqueline Sperling, PhD

Jacqueline Sperling, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and the co-founder and co-program director of the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program at McLean Hospital. She is the author of the young adult nonfiction book “Find Your Fierce: How to Put Social Anxiety in Its Place...

Staff Profile: Jesse M. Crosby, PhD

Jesse M. Crosby, PhD, is an assistant psychologist in the Department of Psychology, a clinical consultant at The Pavilion at McLean Hospital, and an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He also manages a private practice in clinical and consulting...

Staff Profile: Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD

Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in severe anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and trauma/PTSD. At McLean Hospital, Dr. Van Kirk is the coordinator of inpatient group therapy and the coordinator of clinical assessment at the OCD Institute...

Staff Profile: Lisa W. Coyne, PhD

Lisa W. Coyne, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and is a senior clinical consultant at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.) at McLean Hospital. She is also an associate clinical professor at Suffolk...

Staff Profile: Maria G Fraire, PhD

Maria G Fraire, PhD, is the program director of McLean’s Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is a licensed clinical psychologist and specializes in the treatment of severe anxiety, OCD, and co-occurring disorders, specifically utilizing cognitive behavior therapy and exposure and...

Staff Profile: Daniel Zwillenberg, PsyD

Daniel Zwillenberg, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital’s 3East adolescent DBT program. He is also an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Prior to moving to Massachusetts in 2013, Dr. Zwillenberg served as the director of Externship...

Staff Profile: Perihan Esra Guvenek-Cokol, MD

Perihan Esra Guvenek-Cokol, MD, is a double board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She specializes in emerging mental illness in teens and young adults. Her expertise is in early stages of psychotic and bipolar disorders, along with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders. Dr...

Staff Profile: Jenifer M. Cullen, PhD

Jenifer M. Cullen, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with teens and adults struggling with anxiety disorders, OCD, and OCD spectrum disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder, trichotillomania and excoriation disorder. Dr. Cullen is a full-time behavioral therapist...

Staff Profile: Jane Eisen, MD

Jane Eisen, MD is clinical director of the Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders at McLean Hospital, overseeing the integration of clinical work and research in the division. Her clinical responsibilities include her work in The Pavilion, where she evaluates and treats individuals with...

Staff Profile: Martha J. Falkenstein, PhD

Martha J. Falkenstein, PhD, is an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of research for the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. She completed her doctoral training at American University...

Staff Profile: Jacob A. Nota, PhD, ABPP

Jacob A. Nota, PhD, ABPP, engages in a program of clinical and translational research focusing on the nature and treatment of obsessive compulsive and related disorders. His specialty is in the intersection between sleep, circadian rhythms, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Nota’s research has specifically...