We bring together top OCD and related disorders experts to evaluate dozens of research proposals each year, and select only the most promising projects for funding. This is where the journey of your research donation begins.
- In 2013, Dr. Noah Berman was awarded a $30,000 grant to study how parents react to their children’s intrusive thoughts, and what the effects might be on their children’s obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
- He found that when the content of a child’s intrusive thoughts provoked strong, negative reactions from parents – such as fear – their child’s symptoms tended to be more severe. Identifying this risk factor has opened the door to new research and therapy techniques.
- A 2011 research grant from the IOCDF funded Dr. Elana Harris’s research investigating brain wave activity in youth with OCD.
- She found that brain wave activity was different in kids with OCD, and as a result could become a new tool to confirm an OCD diagnosis in children.
- In 2017, Dr. Lorena Fernández de la Cruz was awarded a $38,500 grant to study the impact of OCD on a person’s ability to obtain an education and access stable employment.
- Through her analysis of millions of records collected by the Swedish National Patient Register, Dr. Fernández provides a unique account of the true challenges faced by people with OCD and how OCD impacts our society as a whole.
- In 2007, Dr. Jamie Feusner received a $47,000 Young Investigator grant from the IOCDF to conduct BDD research.
- Dr. Feusner’s research fundamentally changed the way we think about BDD, and his grant-funded project spawned a range of important studies.
- In 2007, Dr. Jon Abramowitz received a $25,000 grant from the IOCDF to research the effectiveness of incorporating couples’ therapy into Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD patients in intimate partner relationships.
- The study found that involving partners in ERP helped patients manage their symptoms and maintain treatment gains in the long term.
- Dr. Abramowitz’s research became a new tool for clinicians to use in their practice when treating patients with OCD.
- Through his research, we’ve learned that people with BDD process visual information different than healthy individuals.
- This insight has led to the development of new therapy techniques, creating direct and positive change in the lives of affected individuals.
Advocating for the Community of People Affected by OCD and Related Disorders
- Dr. Fernandez’s research found that people with OCD are less likely to attain the same educational milestones as their peers, from compulsory school through post-graduate education, and that once they enter the labor force, they are 75% more likely to experience long-term unemployment. This knowledge is already being put to use by the IOCDF to inform and target our Advocacy and Anxiety in the Classroom programs.
The Most Important Impact of your Research Fund Donation: People with OCD and Related Disorders Get Better, Faster
- “This was the first time my husband has ever been involved in my treatment and it was the best part of the whole program.”
- “Having him come to the sessions with me made all the difference. It was like finally getting us on the same team against OCD.”
- “How could any therapist NOT include a partner? He was vital for support and keeping me accountable.”
- “Now that she understands OCD and exposure therapy, she knows how to give me the right kind of help.”
- “I have had several patients tell me that after reading my research studies, or hearing my explanation of them, it has helped them not just automatically accept that what they see in the mirror is ‘reality’ or, at the very least, not the way others see them – their visual system is not functioning correctly. In that way, it has helped some patients improve their insight, and tipped the balance in favor of them choosing brain-based treatments like psychotherapy or medications over appearance-based treatment like cosmetic procedures.”
The IOCDF research grant program has funded over 100 research projects in its history. As the program enters its 25th year, we invite you to help fund the next breakthrough. What will your donation discover?
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