Research Grant Recipients

Research is vital to our goals of better understanding OCD and related disorders, and improving treatment. To help achieve these goals, the IOCDF awards research grants to promising studies thanks to generous donors from within the OCD community.

Since 1994, the IOCDF has awarded over $7 million in research grants, and continues to offer research grant awards annually. The Michael Jenike Young Investigator Awards, which help build OCD research programs and keep junior researchers interested in studying the field of OCD and related disorders, are offered every year. The Breakthrough and Innovator Awards, which fund the work of senior researchers as they pursue large-scale projects that help us better understand and treat OCD, are offered in alternating years.

What can an IOCDF Research Grant Award help us learn about OCD and related disorders?

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, ABPP, discusses his IOCDF grant-funded research into couple-based cognitive behavioral therapy for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

2021 Research Grant Awardees

We are excited to announce the 2020 IOCDF Research Grant awardees! This year, we awarded over $800,000 in funding to researchers pursuing exciting and impactful projects on a range of topics in OCD and related disorders. To read more about their projects, click "2021 IOCDF Research Grant Award Winners" below!

Previous IOCDF Research Grant Recipients

The generosity of our donors has made it possible for us to provide sustained support for OCD and related disorders research for the past 26 years. Over 100 projects have been funded on a wide range of important topics. You can learn more about the research that the IOCDF funds by reading the project summaries below.

 Research funded by the IOCDF:

Thank you to our 2020 Grant Review Committee:

  • Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Chair - Yale University
  • Jennifer Freeman, PhD, Vice Chair - Brown University
  • Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD - UNC Chapel Hill
  • Thomas Adams, PhD - University of Kentucky
  • Dritan Agalliu, PhD - Columbia University
  • Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD - University of Pittsburgh
  • Paul Arnold, MD, PhD - University of Calgary
  • Kristen Benito, PhD - Brown University
  • Noah Berman, PhD - Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Michael Bloch, MD - Yale University
  • Brian Brennan, MD - McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Joan Camprodon, MD, PhD - Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Christine Conelea, PhD - University of Minnesota
  • Lisa Coyne, PhD - Harvard University
  • Darin Dougherty, MD - Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Ann-Christine Ehlis, PhD - University of Tübingen
  • Thomas Fernandez, MD - Yale University
  • Lorena Fernández de la Cruz, PhD - Karolinska Institutet
  • Jamie Feusner, MD - University of California Los Angeles
  • Martijn Figee, MD - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD - Yale University
  • Christopher Flessner, PhD - Kent State
  • Marty Franklin, PhD - Rogers Behavioral Health
  • Jennifer Frankovich, MD - Stanford University
  • Randy Frost, PhD - Smith College
  • Sarah Garnaat, PhD - Brown University
  • Dan Geller, MD - Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Lizabeth Goldstein, PhD - US Veterans Administration
  • Wayne Goodman, MD - Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jon Grant, MD - University of Chicago
  • Dorothy Grice, MD - Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Patricia Gruner, PhD - Yale School of Medicine
  • Nouchine Hadjikhani, MD, PhD - Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Mady Hornig, MD - Columbia University
  • Benjamin Kelmendi, MD - Yale University
  • Joshua Kemp, PhD - Brown University
  • Silvia Kober, PhD - University of Graz
  • James Leckman, MD - Yale University
  • Simone Macri, PhD - Instituto Superiore di Sanità
  • Rachel Marsh, PhD - Columbia University
  • David Mataix-Cols, PhD - Karolinska Institutet
  • Carol Mathews, MD - University of Florida
  • Joseph McGuire, PhD - Johns Hopkins
  • Nicole McLaughlin, PhD - Brown University
  • Jeff Meyer, MD, PhD - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Moh Milad, PhD - New York University
  • Kirsten Müller-Vahl, MD - Hannover Medical School
  • Jordana Muroff, PhD - Boston University
  • Melissa Norberg, PhD - Macquarie University
  • Ed Pace-Schott, PhD - Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Michele Pato, MD - SUNY
  • Tara Peris, PhD - University of California Los Angeles
  • Noah Philip, MD - Brown University
  • John Piacentini, PhD - University of California Los Angeles
  • Helen Pushkarskaya, PhD - Yale University
  • Bradley Riemann, PhD - Rogers Behavioral Health
  • Susan Rossell, PhD - Swinburne University
  • Katherine Scangos, MD, PhD - University of California San Francisco
  • Brad Schmidt, PhD - Florida State University
  • Gail Steketee, PhD - Boston University
  • Emily Stern, PhD - New York University
  • S. Evelyn Stewart, MD - University of British Columbia
  • Eric Storch, PhD - Baylor College of Medicine
  • Henry Szechtman, PhD - McMaster University
  • Steven Taylor, PhD - University of British Columbia
  • Margo Thienemann, MD - Stanford University
  • David Tolin, PhD - Hartford Hospital
  • Michael Twohig, PhD - Utah State University
  • Barbara Van Noppen, PhD - University of Southern California
  • Valerie Voon, PhD - Cambridge University
  • Michael Wheaton, PhD - Barnard College
  • Alik Widge, MD, PhD - University of Minnesota
  • Kyle Williams, MD, PhD - Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Monnica Williams, PhD - University of Ottawa
  • Bethany Wootton, PhD - University of Technology Sydney
  • Brian Zaboski, PhD - Yale University