Dr. Daniel Geller is a Developmental Pediatrician and Child Psychiatrist with a focus on anxiety and tic disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is a psychopharmacologist active in research into causes and treatment of pediatric OCD and tics.



Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Tic disorders
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Genetics
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Adelaide
  • Residency, Child Development Centre|Residency, Flinders Medical Centre|Residency, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children|Residency, Royal Children's & Women's Hospital|Residency, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Psychiatry
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Daniel Geller founded the Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Program in 1992. At Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), he has collected and characterized a large sample of children and adolescents with OCD and Tic disorders. Among his research efforts is collaborative work with other leading universities and the National Institute of Mental Health for the study of genetics of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Geller is a founding member of the International OCD Genetics Consortium, collaborating with senior scientists from many countries, with the goal of identifying genes responsible for OCD and delineating mechanisms by which genetic vulnerabilities are translated into clinical symptoms.

Dr. Geller is the recipient of several honors and awards in medicine and developmental pediatrics, notably from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation and Tourette's Syndrome Association. He is a member of the Society of Development Pediatrics and several expert panels, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. He completed his training as a general and developmental pediatrician in Australia and then trained as resident and chief resident in general and child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and Stanford medical schools.

Dr. Geller is triple-boarded in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry. In 1992, he was recruited to McLean and Massachusetts General Hospitals where the Pediatric OCD Program was established. Since 2003 he has worked at MGH full time in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Program and the Psychiatric Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr Geller has explored phenotypic expression, treatment response, outcome and etiological causes of early-onset OCD.
  1. Geller D, Biederman J, Faraone S, Cradock K, Hagermoser L, Zaman N, Frazier J, Coffey B, Spencer T. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Fact or Artifact? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2002; 41(1): 52-58.
  2. Geller DA, Biederman J, Stewart SE, Mullin B, Martin A, Spencer T, Faraone SV. Which SRI? A Meta-analysis of Pharmacotherapy Trials in Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry 2003; 160(11): 1919-28.
  3. Geller D, Petty C, Vivas F, Johnson J, Pauls D, and Biederman J. Further evidence for co-segregation between pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: a familial risk analysis. Biol Psychiatry 2007; 61(12): 1388-394.

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News & Events

  • Daniel Geller honored with endowed chair in psychiatry

    Daniel Geller, MD, director of the MGH Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Tic Disorder Program, was honored as the first incumbent of the Michele and David Mittelman Family Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Field of OCD and Related Disorders.


Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-5600617-726-2727
Fax: 617-726-5567
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Unit
185 Cambridge Street
2nd Floor
Boston MA, 02114-2790

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