UCSF OCD Clinical-Translational Program
Over 30% of adults have experienced an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. One in every 50 adults and children have experienced symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which is among the top ten causes of disability worldwide among young adults. Tic disorders consist of repetitive, involuntary, and unwanted movements and vocal sounds that cause significant distress and disrupt daily life.
The UCSF Adult Anxiety, OCD, and Tic Disorder Clinic provides specialized treatment for patients with anxiety-spectrum disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), tic disorders, and related conditions. We provide medication management and cognitive behavioral therapy in our resident training and staff clinics. In particular, we specialize in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for the treatment of OCD and Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention Therapy (CBIT) for the treat of tic disorders. We also can provide referrals to our TMS and Neuromodulation Clinic for patients with treatment-refractory OCD, who may benefit from transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS).
We also are engaged in research to better understand the brain basis of anxiety-spectrum disorders and have a number of ongoing clinical trials of new treatments for patients with OCD and related disorders.
The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Diversity Committee assists and informs department leadership in the recruitment and retention of students and faculty from underrepresented populations to better serve our diverse patient populations, with a member of the diversity committee serving on each search committee.
All clinicians undergo Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training to provide them with foundational knowledge and common language to better understand why diversity is core to our work at UCSF. These trainings were developed to promote collective effort to live our PRIDE Values and ensure that our Campus and Health system are free of bias, discrimination, and hate.
OCD Specialists at this clinic: