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Darin Dougherty, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Director of Medical Education,
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute
Director of the Mood Disorders Section,
Psychiatric Neuroimaging Group
Massachusetts General Hospital

In addition to the titles listed above, Dr. Dougherty is also the Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Trichotillomania Clinic,the Assistant Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatric Neuroimaging Group, and the Director of the Neurotherapeutics Division in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH.

Additionally, Dr. Dougherty is also a Clinical Associate at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Visiting Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Dougherty currently serves on the scientific advisory board for both the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. He serves on the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee. He also serves on many editorial boards and award committees. He has given over a hundred invited lectures and presentations, and is a current member of many professional societies.

In 2003 Dr. Dougherty was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award. In 2005 he was named one of the Future Leaders in Psychiatry. Dr. Dougherty has co-authored over 40 original articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has co-edited two books on neuroimaging. Currently Dr. Dougherty is the PI or co-PI on several government and industry funded studies investigating neuroimaging and medication and neurosurgery treatments of OCD and related disorders.

Dr. Dougherty received his MD from the University of Illinois and completed his residency in general psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a graduate of the Clinical Investigator Training Program at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Dougherty’s research interests include neuroimaging, neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and the treatment of treatment-refractory OCD.


Emad Eskandar, MD
Associate Professor in Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Neurosurgeon,
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Eskandar earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California in 1993 and completed a residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1999. Dr. Eskandar serves as director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the Cingulotomy Assessment Unit, the Epilepsy Surgery Unit, and the the Movement Disorders Center. His surgical interests include stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, benign and malignant brain and spine tumors, spinal disorders, and trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Eskandar’s research interests include the physiologic mechanisms underlying sensorimotor integration and movement disorders, and stereotactic and physiologic guidance for functional neurosurgery.


Thilo Deckersbach, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Deckersbach serves as the Director of Cognitive Neuroscience Research in the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program and as the Director of Research in the Division of Neurotherapeutics at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Deckersbach received his Ph.D. from the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, and completed his pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at the Cognitive-Behavior Science track at the Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School in 2000. His work focuses on the development of new cognitive and cognitive-behavioral treatments for individuals with bipolar disorder with an emphasis on interventions that enhance functioning and well-being. He also utilizes state of the art neuroimaging techniques such as structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) as predictors of treatment response to cognitive-behavioral treatments in bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Deckersbach’s work has been funded by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA), the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation (OCF) and by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).


Amanda Marie Duffy, ScB
Research Assistant
Massachusetts General Hospital

Amanda is the current research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital for the Controlled Trial of Deep Brain Stimulation for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She graduated from Brown University in May 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience. Her primary interests are biomedical engineering as well as the causes and treatments for neurological and psychiatric disease. In the past year, prior to starting at MGH, Amanda most recently did research at Rhode Island Hospital and Boston University School of Medicine on the molecular and genetic influences on aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Amanda plans to pursue a medical graduate program after working at MGH.

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