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October 2016

  • A recent article in the Psychiatric news suggest that individuals with OCD may prefer psychotherapy to medications. Read the full paper here.  

September 2016

  • Director Dr. Blair Simpson presents at the first public lecture for Columbia University's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Watch as she discusses our cutting edge research that is giving patients hope in the face of fear. Click here
  • Congratualtions to Dr. Blair Simpson and her collegues on publishing the largest imaging study ever conducted on OCD! Feel free to read, share, and download the article here

July 2016

  • Check out this article featuring Dr. Blair Simpson in which she debunks five myths commonly associated with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Click here to read the article.

March 2016

  • Check out this article featuring Dr. Blair Simpson, Dr. Rachel Marsh and Dr. Moira Rynn. The article highlights work being done at Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute, and discusses the devastating impact of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Click here to read the article. 

February 2016

January 2016

  • Read our New Years Letter from Dr. Blair Simpson, the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and Center for OCD and Related Disorders. A warm thanks to everyone who supports our mission in furthering the research and understanding of OCD. We are proud of all the work we have been able to do, and are committed to continuing our efforts.

December 2015

  • The OCD team was featured in the International OCD Foundation's Winter 2015 Newsletter. This Newsletter contains quarterly updates on the latest in OCD treatment and research.

October 2015

  • The OCD team participated in National Depression Screening Day on October 8th, answering any questions about anxiety and OCD at Teachers College, Columbia University. For more information on upcoming screening days and intiviates, please visit the Screening for Mental Health website Here.
  • October 11-17th is OCD Awareness Week. The team will be active in accepting free, confidential phone screenings all week! For more information about events near you, please visit the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation HERE.
  • We've also teamed up with OCD NY to provide free screenings as well. For more information on events, please visit the OCD NY Website HERE.

September 2015

Dr. Simpson is featured on the Mental Health Channel, where she removes some of the myths of OCD, offers surprising examples, and talks about her research utilizing patient brain scans.



August 2015

The OCD team participated in Charles B. Wang's Good Health Day for National Health Center Week.
In the heart of Chinatown, we interacted with the community and provided information about OCD and Related Disorders.

July 2015

The OCD Team did our first ever Reddit AMA! Check it out HERE.
There will be more AMA's in the future, talking about our current studies, so stay tuned for that!

April 2015

Dr. Blair Simpson and Dr. Moira Rynn appeared on 1010WINS on the Ask the Experts series. They discussed characteristics of OCD, treatments and medications that are being researched. You can listen to their segments on our youtube page or by clicking this link.

March 2015

Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez, the Director of our Hoarding Disorders Research Program, recently published a blog on the rapid effects of Ketamine. Read the article on the Huffington Post.

February 2014

A study headed by Anthony Pinto Ph.D. has just been written up in the Psychiatric News. You can read about the study, which compares OCD and OCPD, by following this link.

January 2014

Psychiatric Times just published article by Helen Blair Simpson, M.D. Ph.D., Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and OCD Research Program. You can read the article, titled "The Relative Efficacy of Current Medication and Therapy for OCD," by following this link.

November 2013

Carolyn Rodriguez M.D. Ph.D., the Director of our Hoarding Disorders Research Program, recently made an appearance on the Katie Couric Show. Check out the clip here.

November 2013

The Huffington Post recently published a blog post by Carolyn Rodriguez M.D. Ph.D., the Director of our Hoarding Disorders Research Program. You can read the article here.

October 2013

Throughout October our OCD experts conducted and recorded a series of blog talks discussing OCD symptoms, treatments and resources. Listen to the talks here.

October 14-18, 2013

Do you think you might have OCD? Join us for free OCD screenings and information during OCD Awareness Week. Check out our flyer for times and locations.

October 2013

Psychiatric Times recently posted a video of Dr. H. Blair Simpson discussing hallmarks and themes of OCD, including common comorbidities and what to look for when treating OCD in connection with other psychiatric illnesses. See the video here.

May 2013

Dr. Simpson was the featured scientist on the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Webinar Series. Here is a link to the recording and slide show.

February 2013

The Anxiety Disorders Clinic, and our director, Dr. H. Blair Simpson, were recently featured in the latest New York Presbyterian Hospital Neuroscience Newsletter: NYP Spring Newsletter

January 2013

Our team at Columbia University Medical Center, in conjunction with University of Pennsylvania, is pleased to begin recruiting for our new treatment study. The aim is to identify who benefits from adding EX/RP to an SRI and to find out whether they can then discontinue their SRI.

Learn more at

November 2012

Our director, Dr. H. Blair Simpson was interviewed on NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) TV about OCD symptoms, existing treatment options, and the impact of OCD on family and friends.

Thanks to all who joined us for the annual OCD conference on October 13th, 2012!

Watch the lectures from all speakers here!

Check out our twitter account for some highlights from speakers or visit for more information

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This summer's InPsych Newsletter features several OCD team member and their exciting work.

Highlights Include:

  • Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez's study tying eviction risk to hoarding behavior
  • A study of an augmented treatment in children with OCD conducted by Drs. Moira Rynn (Deputy Director of Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), H. Blair Simpson (Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic) and Dikoma Shungu (Director of the Laboratory for Advanced MR Spectroscopy Research at Weill Cornell Medical College)

June 2012

Dr. Helen Blair Simpson, director for the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and OCD Research Program, was interviewed on the Leonard Lopate show for WNYC.

April 2012

Dr. Helen Blair Simpson, director for the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and OCD Research Program, spoke at the Gray Matters NYC luncheon about women's mental health (view the video here).


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