Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: When Too Much is Not Enough

Date: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hazeltine Commons in the Engineering Research Center, Brown University. Providence
Open to: Recommended for young adults and adults
Price: Free

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This event, organized by the Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology at the Providence VA Medical Center and Butler Hospital, will bring together health professionals (a psychiatrist and two psychologists) who are also researchers, and a person with OCD. Our goals are to educate all attendees about OCD and related traits (obsessive-compulsive personality) in a panel discussion. We will also introduce OCD treatments, plus how people can get involved in OCD research.

Benjamin Greenberg, MD, PhD: Dr Greenberg has treated and researched OCD for 25 years, the last 18 of them at Butler Hospital and Brown University. His background includes psychology (BA, Amherst College), neuroscience (PhD, UC San Diego), and medicine (MD, University of Miami). He was a neurology resident at Columbia University, and completed psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where his interest in OCD began. He was a fellow and later Chief of adult OCD research at the NIMH (intramural program), where he worked on OCD genetics and on developing brain circuit-based treatments for the illness ranging from noninvasive brain stimulation to neurosurgeries. He currently leads a multicenter trial of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for intractable OCD, and co-directs the NIMH Conte Center for Translational Research on the neural network of noninvasive brain stimulation in OCD.  He also leads neuropsychiatric research at the CfNN at the Providence VA Medical Center. And he has served on the Scientific and Clinical advisory board of the International OCD Foundation since 2000.

Nicole McLaughlin, PhD: Dr. McLaughlin received her PhD in 2006 from Suffolk University, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in 2008 at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a neuropsychologist at Butler Hospital and an assistant professor at Brown. Dr. McLaughlin has a K23 career development grant award from the NIMH to investigate MRI changes in functional and structural connectivity after gamma knife capsulotomy for intractable OCD. She has also been a co-investigator on grants examining the use of invasive (deep brain stimulation) and non-invasive (transcranial magnetic stimulation) techniques for OCD. Primary research interests are in investigating outcomes of direct neurocircuitry interventions in OCD using cognitive and neuroimaging tools.

Amy Cameron, PhD: Amy Cameron, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is a staff psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Services Clinic at the Providence VAMC. She has received funding from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and has authored numerous papers and book chapters on issues surrounding psychopathology, with current work focusing on treatment development for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans.

Angela Petty: Angela Petty is a military veteran and an individual with OCD and compulsive personality traits. She has been pursuing a college degree after leaving the armed forces.