Stanford Translational OCD Research Program
The Stanford Translational OCD program, directed by Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez, utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to finding treatments for patients suffering from compulsive behaviors such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and hoarding disorder. Our studies aim to gain understanding of these behaviors at multiple levels of analysis (from molecule to behavior).
On the OCD front, we are focusing on the ability of ketamine, an NMDA receptor antagonist, to quickly and effectively quell obsessive thoughts. We are using a variety of imaging techniques to observe the effects of ketamine on neurotransmitter systems and brain activity in human patients, as well as investigating the benefits of combining ketamine administration with other treatments (medications, therapy).
We collaborate with local community partners to develop novel treatment interventions consisting of skills-based group treatment targeting hoarding behaviors and with health educators to share these programs with the community.
Our program partners with the OCD Clinic, which was co-founded in 1989 and directed by Dr. Lorrin Koran for over 20 years. The clinic, currently directed by Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, is a specialized referral center, drawing from patients from Northern, Central, and Southern California. We also partner with the Psychosocial Treatment Clinic that offers individual, group, couples, and family therapy.
IOCDF Professional Members at this clinic: