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OCD Therapy

Behavioral Therapy Teams for OCD Study

Butler Hospital and Gateway Healthcare are collaborating on a research project designed to improve the quality of psychotherapy services available to individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Purpose of the Study

We hope to develop a program that can improve access of low-income individuals with OCD to specialized behavioral therapy services implemented in community mental health centers.  Two teams at Gateway Healthcare Inc. have been trained to provide Exposure and Response Prevention (Ex/RP) therapy for OCD.  This study will compare this new behavioral team approach to standard community treatment for OCD.

What is Ex/RP for OCD and the team intervention?

Exposure and Response Prevention (Ex/RP) is a specific type of behavioral therapy that has been found to be very effective in reducing OCD symptoms.  Through Ex/RP, clients learn to purposely confront their fears (exposure) while resisting compulsive rituals (response prevention).  Ex/RP teams consist of a therapist who provides office-based therapy and a behavioral coach who assists clients with completing Ex/RP exercises at home or in the community.


Individuals diagnosed with OCD may be eligible if they: are between the ages of 18-65, are interested in receiving therapy for OCD, and earn less than $40,000 per year.  Participants will be screened by study staff at Butler Hospital to ensure they meet all study criteria for participation. 

Study Participation

Study participants will be randomly assigned (by chance) to one of two interventions:

  • A behavioral team intervention conducted by Gateway Healthcare staff and supervised by Dr. Mancebo at Butler Hospital consisting of: individual pre-therapy sessions, 12 weekly group therapy sessions, home-based individual coaching sessions with a case manager, and  follow-up "booster" sessions.  Sessions will be focused on helping participants complete Ex/RP exercises at home or in the community.


  • Standard community treatment which will consist of a personalized treatment plan and assistance with treatment referrals to available community resources.
  • All study participants will complete a screening interview and four follow-up assessments.

All study participants will receive:

  • a comprehensive assessment of their symptoms
  • educational literature regarding OCD and behavioral therapy
  • assistance with transportation and childcare so that they can attend treatment sessions
  • compensation for time spent completing study assessments (up to $125 for full participation)

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please call Dr. Mancebo at (401) 455-6216 or fill out the following form:

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