Scientific Advisory Board
- Jon E. Grant, J.D., M.D., Advisory Chair
- Nancy J. Keuthen, Ph.D., Advisory Vice Chair
- Fred Penzel, Ph.D., Advisory Secretary
- Darin D. Dougherty, M.D, MSc
Christopher Flessner, P.h.D
- Martin Franklin, Ph.D.
- Joseph Garner, Ph.D.
- Ruth Golomb, M.Ed., L.C.P.C.
- Charles S. Mansueto, Ph.D.
- Suzanne Mouton-Odum, Ph.D.
- Carol Novak, M.D.
- David Pauls, Ph.D.
- John Piacentini, Ph.D.
- Dan Stein, M.D., Ph.D.
- John Walkup, M.D.
- Douglas Woods, Ph.D.
- Harry Wright, M.D., M.B.A.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dr. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Grant completed an undergraduate degree at the
University of Michigan, a master's degree at the University of
Chicago, a law degree from Cornell University, a medical degree from
Brown University, and a masters degree in public health from Harvard
University. Dr. Grant is a board-certified psychiatrist.
Dr. Grant has written over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the phenomenology and pharmacological management of impulse control disorders, particularly pathological gambling, kleptomania, and grooming disorders. He is the author of Stop Me Because I Can't Stop Myself, a book on impulse control disorders published by McGraw-Hill (2002) (co-authored with Dr. Suck Won Kim), and co-editor (along with Marc Potenza) of two books published by the American Psychiatric Association Pathological Gambling: A Clinical Guide to Treatment (2004) and A Textbook of Men's Mental Health (in press). Dr. Grant's research is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health.
Director, Trichotillomania Clinic, Psychiatric Neuroscience Program
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Nancy J. Keuthen, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and staff psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital where she serves as the Co-Director of the Trichotillomania Clinic and the Chief Psychologist in the OCD Clinic. She sits on many editorial and scientific advisory boards, including the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. She is currently Chair, and previously Vice-Chair, of the scientific advisory board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
Dr. Keuthen has pioneered considerable research in trichotillomania, skin picking, body dysmorphic disorder, and OCD, and authored many scholarly research papers and chapters. Dr. Keuthen has maintained broad research interests in the field of trichotillomania, including its longitudinal course and naturalistic treatment outcome, its phenomenology and psychosocial impact, the role of brain structure and function and neuropsychological profiles in the disorder, and its relationship with other obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. She has been involved in both pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral treatment outcome studies of trichotillomania and skin picking. In addition, she has been instrumental in the development and validation of numerous assessment instruments for both trichotillomania and pathological skin picking. Recently she launched a genetics investigation of trichotillomania, and is also investigating the efficacy of an augmented cognitive-behavioral treatment protocol for trichotillomania that includes affect regulation and relapse prevention skills.
Dr. Keuthen is the author of the popular book Help for Hairpullers. She has also co-authored Internet-based treatment programs for both trichotillomania and skin picking. She has authored many articles for the lay public and other medical professionals. She routinely presents at national and international conferences and local workshops on these topics, and has been interviewed on local and national television as an authority in her field.
Director, Western Suffolk Psychological Services
Dr. Fred Penzel is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of Trichotillomania and OCD since 1982. He is the executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, Long Island, New York, a private treatment group specializing in trich and O-C related problems, and is a founding member of the TLC Science Advisory Board. Dr. Penzel is the author of "The Hair Pulling Problem," a self-help book dedicated exclusively to trich, as well as "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide To Getting Well And Staying Well," a self-help work covering TTM and other O-C spectrum disorders. Dr. Penzel is also a frequent contributor to TLC's newsletter InTouch.
Director, Neurotherapeutics Division
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Director, Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program
Director, Mood Disorders Section, Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Darin D. Dougherty is the Director of the Neurotherapeutics Division in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH, the Director of the Mood Disorders Section of the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatric Neuroimaging Group, and the Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatric Neuroimaging Group.Â Dr. Dougherty is also the Director of Medical Education at the Massachusetts General Hospital Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute and the Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Trichotillomania Clinic. Additionally, Dr. Dougherty is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, 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, over 40 book chapters and review articles, and has co-edited two books on neuroimaging. Currently Dr. Dougherty is the Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on several government and industry funded studies investigating neuroimaging and medication and neurosurgery treatments of OCD and mood 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 neurotherapeutic (device and/or surgical) interventions for the treatment of treatment-refractory psychiatric illness.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Kent State University
Dr. Flessner received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Kent State University. He is recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Program award for individuals devoted to conducting clinical research. In the past, he has also received funding from the TLC Grants program. Dr. Flessner’s research interests include examining the pathogenesis and treatment of childhood anxiety and obsessive-compulsive (OC)-spectrum disorders, particularly hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and tic disorders. Dr. Flessner is the director of a specialty clinic at Kent State University devoted to the research and treatment of these conditions. He has published over 50 empirical articles and book chapters examining anxiety and OC-spectrum disorders
Director, Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich & Anxiety Group (COTTAGe)
Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Martin Franklin is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Franklin received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He has devoted his career to the study of anxiety and body-focused repetitive behaviors (such as chronic tic disorders and trichotillomania, TTM) in children and adults. His clinical and research careers have centered on these disorders, with a particular emphasis on developing and disseminating effective treatments. Dr. Franklin has published theoretical, clinical and empirical papers and chapters, as well as treatment manuals.
Currently, Dr. Franklin is a principal investigator of several multicenter studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health including an examination Cognitive Behavioral Therapy augmentation in Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors partial responders as well as an examination of the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for very young children with OCD. As the principal investigator on these multicenter studies, Dr. Franklin is a leading member of the Pediatric OCD Study team (POTS). The POTS team has set the precedent for the development of new practice guidelines for the treatment of OCD in youth through this momentous research projects.
In addition Dr. Franklin recently piloted a study of habit reversal training (HRT) for tic disorders in adolescents and young adults funded by the Tourette Syndrome Association. With respect to TTM, he played to central the Trichotillomania Impact Project, an web-based exploration of phenomenology, functional impairment, and treatment utilization that reached over 1600 individuals. Currently, he is investigating the effectiveness of behavioral therapy for pediatric trichotillomania in youths age 10-17. He also serves as the Research Committee Chair for Trichotillomania Learning Center.
Dr. Franklin is actively engaged in the training of mental health professionals at the post-degree levels. He is a clinical supervisor at the University of Pennsylvania for psychology interns and for residents and fellows in psychiatry. The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recently awarded Dr. Franklin the Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching by an Allied Health Professional. Dr. Franklin is a frequent invited lecturer around the United States and abroad.
Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Medicine,
Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Dr. Garner received his doctoral degree from the Department of Zoology at the
University of Oxford, Great Britain, where he studied the developmental
neuroethology of stereotypies in captive animals (1995-1999). His
postdoctoral research in animal behavior and well-being was undertaken
at UC Davis (1999-2004). He served as an Assistant (2004-2010) and an
Associate (2010-2011) Professor of animal behavior and well-being in the
Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University, where he also
held a courtesy appointment in the Department of Speech, Language and
Hearing Sciences (2009-2011). Dr. Garner joined the Department of
Comparative Medicine at Stanford in 2011. Dr. Garnerâ€™s research
interests include the development of refined methods in behavioral
research; abnormal behaviors in animals (including barbering and
ulcerative dermatitis) and their relationships with abnormal behaviors
in humans; mouse well-being and enrichment; and the scientific impact
of well-being problems in lab animals. Dr. Garner serves, or has
served, as a council member for the International Society for Applied
Ethology, an Editor for Applied Animal Behavior Science, a Special
Topics section editor for the Journal of Animal Science, on the AAALAC
Board of Trustees, on the SCAW Board of Trustees and on the Scientific
Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
Silver Spring, MD
Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, L.C.P.C., is a senior clinician, supervisor, and co-director of the doctoral training program at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, where she has worked since the mid-1980s. Ms. Golomb specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults. She has conducted numerous workshops and seminars, and participated as an expert in panel discussions covering many topics, including Tourette's Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, and managing anxiety disorders in the classroom. In addition to publishing articles for professional journals and newsletters, Ms. Golomb is an author of "The Hair Pulling 'Habit' and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle," a book describing the comprehensive treatment of trichotillomania in children, and "Stay Out of My Hair," a book aimed to help parents of children with trichotillomania. Ms. Golomb is member of the Science Advisory Board for The Trichotillomania Learning Center.
Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
Silver Spring, MD
Charles S. Mansueto, PhD, is founder and director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he has been involved in the study and treatment of hundreds of BFRB sufferers. He is a founding member of TLC's Scientific Advisory Board and also serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Washington. He is past professor of psychology at Bowie State University, Maryland and is on the clinical faculty of the American School of Professional Psychology of Argosy University, Virginia. He chaired the first national symposium on TTM in 1990 and continues to investigate, publish, and speak about the disorder. For more information about the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, visit the website at www.behaviortherapycenter.com.
Suzanne Mouton-Odum, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Houston, Texas. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Houston in Counseling Psychology and completed her residency in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. She has treated people with trich and other body-focused repetitive behaviors since 1993, and has been a member of the Trichotillomania Learning Center Scientific Advisory Board since 2001. Dr. Mouton-Odum regularly attends and presents at the TLC Annual Conference and Retreat. She is the co-owner and lead developer of the only interactive, online website for trichotillomania, www.stoppulling.com, and for skin picking disorders, www.stoppicking.com. She is happily married and lives in Houston with her husband and two children.
Assistant Medical Director, BH Division
HealthPartners medical group
Carol Novak, MD, is the Outpatient Medical Director of HealthPartners/Regions Behavioral Health in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She has treated several hundred patients with trichotillomania and skin picking since 1989 with both medication and behavioral therapy. She has been active with the Trichotillomania Learning Center since its inception and was the founding director of their Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Novak published a twin study showing that there is a strong genetic origin of trichotillomania (Novak CE, Keuthen NJ, Stewart SE, Pauls DL; A twin concordance study of trichotillomania. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2009 Oct 5;150B(7):944-9).
Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Pauls was thedirector of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit from September
2001 - 2011. Prior to coming to Harvard, he was the Professor of Psychiatric
and Neurobehavioral Genetics in the Child Study Center at Yale
University. Over the past 25 years, his research has focused primarily
on the genetics of child neuropsychiatric disorders. Research under his
direction has led to a better understanding of the inheritance of GTS,
OCD and dyslexia. At the present time he leads an international
consortium of investigators devoted to finding genes for GTS and
Dr. Pauls is a Professor of Psychiatry (Genetics) and Director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Prior to moving to the Harvard Medical School in September 2001, he was the Professor of Psychiatric and Neurobehavioral Genetics in the Child Study Center at Yale University. Dr. Pauls completed his Ph.D. in Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Minnesota with a focus on human population genetics. His Ph.D. research examined the genetics of mental retardation and giftedness. After completing his Ph.D. he was a post-doctoral fellow in psychiatric genetics in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa and psychiatric genetic epidemiology in the Department of Human Genetics at Yale School of Medicine.
Over the last 25 years, his research has focused on understanding the underlying genetic mechanisms important for the expression of human behavior. His primary goal has been to understand the etiologic mechanisms (both genetic and non-genetic) that underlie the manifestation of specific behaviors that begin in childhood and continue over the life course.
Director, UCLA Child OCD Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience
Professor, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
Los Angeles, CA
John Piacentini, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.,Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia and completed post-doctoral training and was a faculty member at Columbia University/NY State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Piacentini has authored over 140 papers, chapters, and books and has received numerous NIH and other grants addressing the etiology, assessment and treatment of childhood anxiety, OCD, tic disorders, and adolescent suicide. He is Chair of the Tourette Syndrome Association Behavioral Sciences consortium, Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, President-elect of the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Trichotillomania Learning Center. Dr. Piacentini is also Deputy Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and an editorial board member for several leading psychology journals. He is a frequent lecturer and actively involved in training mental health practitioners how to treat youngsters with anxiety and similar problems. He has also received a number of research grants to study treatments for the above disorders and lectures frequently on this topic. http://www.npi.ucla.edu/caap/
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health
University of Capetown, South Africa
Dan J Stein is Professor and Chair of the Dept of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit on Anxiety Disorders, and Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Mt.Â Sinai Medical School in New York.Â His research focuses on the psychobiology and management of the anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
Dan did his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Cape Town, and his doctorate (in the area of clinical neuroscience) at the University of Stellenbosch.Â He trained in psychiatry, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship (in the area of psychopharmacology) at Columbia University in New York.Â His training also includes a doctorate in philosophy. Dan's research ranges from basic neuroscience all the way through to epidemiological and cross-cultural research.Â He is particularly enthusiastic about the possibility of clinical practice and scientific research that integrates theoretical concepts and empirical data across these different levels.Â Â
Dan has authored or edited over 25 volumes, including â€śCognitive-Affective Neuroscience of Mood and Anxiety Disordersâ€ť, and â€śThe Philosophy of Psychopharmacology:Â Smart Pills, Happy Pills, Pep Pillsâ€ť.Â He has also contributed to many articles and chapters.Â
Dan's work has been continuously funded by extramural grants for more than 15 years.Â He is a recipient of CINPâ€™s Max Hamilton Memorial Award for his contribution to psychopharmacology, and of CINP's Ethics and Psychopharmacology Award for his contribution to the philosophy of psychopharmacology.
Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York
John T. Walkup, MD is Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry a New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.
Dr. Walkup has been involved in a number of the large definitive clinical treatment trials for childhood psychiatric disorders including the Treatment of Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS), Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Study (CAMS); the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics Study (CBITS); the Treatment of Early Age Mania study (TEAM) and the Treatment of Adolescent Suicide Attempters (TASA).
He has been funded for large projects working with American Indian tribes in the Southwest United States. "Cradling our Future," funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, is a clinical trial of an in-home intervention delivered by Native American paraprofessionals to pregnant teens.Â A second project is "Celebrating Life and Empowering our Spirits" a SAMHSA sponsored suicide prevention study funded under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. Additionally, Dr. Walkup has won a number of awards and honors. In 2009, he received the Charlotte and Norbert Reiger Award for Scientific Achievement from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Walkup is Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the USA Tourette Syndrome Association and serves on the Scientific Advisory boards of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the Anxiety Disorder Association of America. Dr. Walkup is the author of a number of articles and book chapters on mood and anxiety disorders. His interests are focused on Tourette's syndrome, psychopharmacology, and community-based participatory research with American Indian communities.
Department of Psychology
Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Education and Business, The Graduate School
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Dr. Doug Woods received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1999. He is a recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of tic disorders and trichotillomania and is currently Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Woods has authored or co-authored over 170 papers and chapters. He has edited eight books describing behavioral interventions for Tic Disorders and Trichotillomania and another book on contemporary behavior analytic models of psychiatric disorders. He has presented his work nationally and internationally, with nearly 300 conference presentations and invited talks, is on the Editorial Boards of seven different journals, and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for over 30 different journals across the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, pharmacology, and neurology. Dr. Woods is the first psychologist ever to serve as a member of the Tourette Syndrome Association's (TSA) Medical Advisory Board, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC). He has been funded by the TSA Grants program, TLC Grants program, and is currently funded by the NIH to conduct a study evaluating the efficacy of acceptance enhanced behavior therapy for TTM.
NeuroPsychiatry & Behavioral Science
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Harry Wright, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is a professor in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the School of Medicine, University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
Dr. Wright received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina. He did graduate work in physical chemistry at Brown University, completed his M.D. from the School of Medicine, and earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed residencies in administrative, general, and child and adolescent psychiatry in Philadelphia, PA, and Columbia, SC.
Dr. Wright has contributed to more than 200 publications and has made more than 500 presentations at scientific meetings.
Consulting Member Biographies
Deptartment of Dermatology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Ethan Lerner, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and runs a basic science research group at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. His primary research interest is to understand the fundamental mechanisms that lead to the sensation of itch.
Affiliate Professor of Psychiatric Medicine
East Carolina University
Professor in Psychiatry
Director, Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program
Emory University School of Medicine
Barbara Olasov Rothbaum received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is currently a professor in psychiatry at the Emory School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory. Dr. Rothbaum specializes in research on the treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders, particularly focusing on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trichotillomania. She has won both state and national awards for her research, is an invited speaker internationally, authors scientific papers and chapters, has published or edited 6 books, and received the Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Rothbaum is also a pioneer in the application of virtual reality to the treatment of psychological disorders.
Behavioral Pediatrics Section
Pediatrics and Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch, NIMH
Stanford University Medical Center Psychiatry & Behavioral Science