Center of Excellence for OCD and Related Disorders Announces Its Opening

The Center treats severe obsessive-compulsive disorders and offers comprehensive evaluations, consultations, and innovative and evidence-based treatments.

New York, NY
 – June 1, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

Mount Sinai School of Medicine announces the opening of the Center of Excellence for OCD and Related Disorders. The Center specializes in treating severe or treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder, and offers comprehensive evaluations, expert consultations, novel and evidence-based treatments, and research studies.

Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation
The center provides an in-depth clinical assessment to make diagnostic and treatment recommendations. Each patient meets individually with both a psychiatrist and psychologist as part of the initial evaluation.

Additionally, services include specialized evaluations geared to patients who have not responded to conventional therapies.

Outpatient services
Outpatient therapy consists of:

  • Two 75-minute sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) per week for 12 weeks
  • A weekly support group for all patients and families
  • Specialized pediatric services that include communication and collaboration with schools, parent coaching and a parent/family support group

The Center provides patients with evidence-based medication management from an expert psychopharmacologist.

Educational information about OCD and related disorders
The program provides psychoeducation about OCD and related disorders via initial treatment evaluations, parent and family support groups, an OCD and related disorders library and community outreach.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is available for adults with severe, chronic, and treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Food and Drug Administration recently granted DBS a limited use clearance by the FDA under a Human Device Exemption.

Please call 212-241-8177 to schedule an appointment.

Fax: 212-241-2347   E-mail:

Wayne Goodman, MD
Program Director
Klingenstein Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Wayne Goodman, MD, joined Mount Sinai in 2009 as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. He is a pioneer in research on the neurobiology and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Dr. Goodman is the principal developer of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS), the gold standard for evaluating OCD, and he co-founded the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, serving as Chair of its Scientific Advisory Board for 10 years. Additionally, Dr. Goodman is an expert in the development and application of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for treatment-resistant OCD.

Dr. Goodman was Director of the Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Additionally, he previously chaired the Food and Drug Administration’s Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the NIMH in 2007, Dr. Goodman served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine for eight years. He was an undergraduate at Columbia University, received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed his residency and fellowship in psychiatry at Yale University, where he remained on the faculty until 1993.

Andrew Gilbert, MD
Medical Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Andrew Gilbert, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry and has expertise in the treatment and study of both adult and pediatric OCD. He joined Mount Sinai from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he founded and was Medical Director of the OCD Intensive Outpatient Program for Children and Adolescents. The program won the 2008 SAMHSA Science and Service Award from the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Gilbert carries out neuroimaging and clinical research studying OCD in children and adolescents and across the life-span. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Gilbert was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency and both clinical and research fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he remained on the faculty until 2009 and currently has an adjunct faculty appointment.

Alicia Hirsch, PsyD
Clinical Director
Instructor, Department of Psychiatry

Alicia Hirsch, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the treatment of OCD and related disorders in adults and children. Dr. Hirsch joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine faculty in 2001, at which time she began working as a psychologist and study therapist for the Traumatic Stress Studies Program. She then became the Director of Clinical Services for the Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program in 2005. Dr. Hirsch is an expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy and its application to multiple psychiatric disorders. Dr. Hirsch uses a range of techniques to provide comprehensive care to meet the unique needs of each individual.

In addition to her role with the Center of Excellence for OCD and Related Disorders, Dr. Hirsch is Co-Director of the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at Mount Sinai. In honor of her compassion and skill as a clinician, Dr. Hirsch received the Gold Doc award in 2009 from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Key Team Members

Elisabeth Cordell, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator
Annette Hernandez, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Stacey Klein, LCSW, Psychotherapist
Heather Berlin, PhD, Neuroscientist
Jin Fan, PhD, Neuroscientist