Brain and Behavior Based Strategies in the Treatment of OCD

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 2:00 pm EDT
Meet the Scientist - March 2020

Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects 1 person in 40, but is often undiagnosed or improperly treated. Even with optimal treatment, a third of OCD sufferers do not improve significantly; remission of moderate to severe disease is uncommon. Dr. Pittenger will discuss two new investigational approaches: one using low-voltage non-invasive brain stimulation and the other harnessing the exciting new strategy of fMRI-driven neurofeedback.

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Presented by 
Christopher Pittenger, M.D., Ph.D.
Christopher Pittenger, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Assistant Chair for Translational Research, Psychiatry

Director, Yale OCD Research Clinic

Co-Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program

2015 Independent Investigator Grant

2009 Young Investigator Grant

2007 Young Investigator Grant

Moderated by 
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

President and CEO

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.