Combining TMS with Psychotherapy for Treating Depression and OCD

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT
Meet the Scientist - August 2019

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a safe, non-invasive type of brain stimulation, was approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression in 2008, and is now clinically available for the treatment of adults who have not been helped by antidepressant medications. Recently, FDA cleared TMS for use in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, if given immediately after cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of psychotherapy. This webinar will address the potential of combining psychotherapy with TMS for the treatment of depression, taking advantage of potential synergies between the two non-pharmacological approaches.

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Presented by 
Sarah H. Lisanby, M.D.
Sarah H. Lisanby, M.D.
National Institute of Mental Health

Director, Division of Translational Research

Scientific Council Member (Joined 2020)

2010 Distinguished Investigator Grant

2003 Independent Investigator Grant

2001 Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research

1996 Young Investigator Grant

Sarah Hollingsworth “Holly” Lisanby, MD, is an internationally renown physician, psychiatrist, researcher, leader, and innovator of neuromodulation technologies to study and treat psychiatric disorders.  She was the first woman to become Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of Duke University.  Dr. Lisanby is well known for her pioneering research leading to the FDA approval of novel devices for the treatment of depression (including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)) and on novel devices in development (including Magnetic Seizure Therapy).  

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.