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Where Clinical Care and Research Collide: Tourette, OCD, and Anxiety Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program

Christine A. Conelea, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences

The Tourette, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Anxiety Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program at MIDB offers psychotherapy using evidence-based treatments, including CBT, comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics, exposure and response prevention, acceptance and commitment therapy, and behavior therapy.

The team is led by two psychologists: myself and Dr. Tim Moore. The team also includes a post-doctoral fellow, graduate practicum student, and research therapist.

Who We Serve

The program serves youth ages 5-18 years seeking therapy for Tourette syndrome/tic disorders, OCD, and anxiety, often alongside commonly co-occurring psychiatric conditions.

How our Team Intersects with MIDB's Research, Education, and Advocacy

Our group has cross-membership with the Converging Approaches to Neurodevelopment (CAN) Lab at MIDB, which focuses on developing novel understanding of and treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders, including Tourette syndrome, OCD, autism, ADHD, and anxiety. In particular, we are interested in transdiagnostic mechanisms involved in these conditions, as most of them overlap in the patients we see clinically. We are adapting therapies we use clinically to combine with biomedical approaches, such as adding neuromodulation to see if it can boost therapy outcomes.

We also love community advocacy. We attend community events, post free webinars on our website, and even make the occasional educational TikTok video!


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