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Benjamin D. Greenberg, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Chief, Outpatient Services
Butler Hospital

Dr. Greenberg's background includes a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego, an M.D. from the University of Miami, training in neurology at Columbia University, and a psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After residency, he worked for the Laboratory of Clinical Science at the National Institute of Mental Health. He subsequently became Chief of the Adult Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Research Unit where he began studies in OCD and depression using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. In 2000, Dr. Greenberg joined the OCD Research Group at Butler Hospital and Brown Medical School. His current research focus deals with developing neurosurgical treatments for severely affected and highly treatment-resistant patients with OCD or Depression. The therapies include Gamma Knife Ventral Capsulotomy for OCD and Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD and Depression. These efforts include collaborative translational research using neuroimaging, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience techniques to better understand the neurocircuitry of OCD and Depression that is affected by neuromodulation. Dr. Greenberg also has interests in OCD symptom sub-typing and in OCD and personality genetics.


Steven A. Rasmussen, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Medical Director
Butler Hospital
Director, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program
Butler Hospital

Dr. Rasmussen received his M.D. from Brown Medical School and completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University. Since then, he has devoted his efforts to the research and treatment of OCD and is acclaimed internationally for his work in the field. Dr. Rasmussen has been consistently recognized by The Best Doctors in America and is on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. He has authored and co-authored over 70 publications and has lectured at conferences and symposiums across the world regarding this illness. His research focuses on medication therapies, epidemiology studies, and neurosurgical treatments. Along with Dr. Greenberg, he is pioneering the use of Gamma Knife Capsulotomy and Deep Brain Stimulation to treat OCD sufferers who fail to respond to conventional medication and psychotherapy.


Nicole C. McLaughlin, PhD
Assistant Professor (Research)
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Neuropsychologist
Butler Hospital

Dr. McLaughlin received her PhD in 2006 from Suffolk University, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in 2008 at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a neuropsychologist at Butler Hospital and an assistant professor at Brown. She is currently the project director and co-investigator of a collaborative study investigating the genetics of OCD. Dr. McLaughlin is also the neuropsychology coordinator and co-investigator of the deep brain stimulation trial for OCD. Primary research interests are in investigating outcomes of neurosurgical interventions in OCD using cognitive and neuroimaging tools.


Richard Marsland, RN
Research Clinician
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program
Butler Hospital Richard Marsland, RN, graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a BS in Biology and a BS in Psychology. He has been working in the field of OCD clinical treatment and research since 1984 and has experience collaborating on studies related to Gamma Knife surgery for OCD, DBS for OCD, and exercise programs for OCD. Experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and CBT exposure/response prevention for OCD, Mr. Marsland also conducts evaluations and assessment ratings for clinical care and patient research, with a focus on safety.

Cynthia Read, MA
Project Director
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program
Butler Hospital

Cynthia Read has a Bachelor's degree (honors) in psychology and philosophy and a Master's degree in philosophy. She has been working with the DBS for OCD study for over two years. Her role in the study includes coordinating the study sites and overseeing aspects of the study relevant to the FDA and NIMH.


Jennifer Bernier, BA
Research Assistant
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program
Butler Hospital

Jennifer Bernier is a research assistant working on the DBS for OCD study at Butler Hospital. Jenn graduated from Bryant University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. Jenn is currently in the Master's degree program in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College. Jenn's future plans include pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.


Alissa Cerny, ScB
Research Assistant
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program
Butler Hospital

Alissa Cerny is one of the current research assistants working on the DBS for OCD study at Butler Hospital. Alissa graduated from Brown University in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in human biology with a focus in brain and behavior. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she was actively involved in research in the cognitive and linguistic sciences department where she worked under the advisement of Sheila Blumstein, PhD on her honors thesis “Investigating Interactive Effects of Speech Production and Voice Onset Time in Aphasia.” In the future, Alissa plans to attend medical school.

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