Trichotillomania Faculty and Staff: The faculty and staff of the Trichotillomania program at Massachusetts General Hospital use the results of its groundbreaking research to develop the most up-to-date treatments available
Treatment & Research
FACULTY & STAFF
Nancy J. Keuthen, Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Keuthen
Dr. Keuthen is an Associate Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Trichotillomania Clinic & Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Chief Psychologist in the MGH Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Clinic & Research Unit. Dr. Keuthen received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook. She is internationally recognized as a leading clinician and researcher in trichotillomania and other OC Spectrum disorders. She has been instrumental in establishing public and professional awareness of this disorder, as well as improving treatment for it. Dr. Keuthen serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards, including the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Trichotillomania Learning Center (for which she is currently Chair) and the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation. Her clinical, research, and teaching contributions have largely focused on the cognitive-behavioral and pharmacological treatment of OCD and OCD-spectrum disorders, including skin picking, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and trichotillomania. She has authored nearly one hundred journal articles and book chapters and co-authored the popular book Help for Hairpullers.
Darin D. Dougherty, M.D., M.Sc.
Publications by Dr. Dougherty
Dr. Dougherty is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Clinical Associate at Massachusetts General Hospital, Director of Medical Education at the Massachusetts General Hospital Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute, Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Trichotillomania Clinic, Assistant Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatric Neuroimaging Group, Director of the Mood Disorders Section of the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatric Neuroimaging Group, Visiting Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and serves on the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee. He completed his residency in general psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and is a graduate of the Clinical Investigator Training Program at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michael A. Jenike, M.D
Dr. Michael A. Jenike is the Founder of the OCD and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Medical Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jenike is recognized as a world-renowned researcher, having published over 200 articles on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Geriatric Psychopharmacology and Neuroimaging in Psychiatric Disorders. His research and clinical interests involve the development, assessment and treatment of OCD and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Maria Lynn Buttolph, M.D.
Publications by Dr. Buttolph
Dr. Buttolph has been a staff psychiatrist and member of the Obsessive Compulsive Clinic since 1988. She participated in the original clinical trials that helped to determine effective medications for the treatment of OCD. She has treated a large number of patients with OCD, as well as OCD spectrum disorders including trichotillomania. She has published numerous papers and has written a chapter about OCD and pregnancy. She is an Instructor at the Harvard Medical School and at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Anne Chosak, Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Chosak
Dr. Chosak is currently a Clinical Assistant of Psychology (Psychiatry) at MGH. Dr. Chosak received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY at Albany in 2000. She received her post-doctoral training at the OCD Clinic at MGH and was licensed in 2002. Dr. Chosak’s clinical and research background is in anxiety disorders of adulthood. Dr. Chosak’s current clinical and research interests involve the OCD spectrum disorders of adulthood, including OCD, BDD, and trichotillomania. She currently supervises interns for the MGH clinical psychology internship program and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Brandeis University.
Thilo Deckersbach, Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Deckersbach
Dr. Deckersbach is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. received his degree in clinical psychology from the Philipps University (Marburg, Germany) in 2000. He completed his clinical psychology internship in the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Track at MGH/Harvard Medical School. His research interests are cognitive-behavior therapy for mood and anxiety disorders including OCD spectrum disorders such as trichotillomania and skin picking. In addition, his research investigates the functional neurobiology of emotion-cognition interactions using neuroimaging techniques such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Positron Emission Tomorgraphy (PET). His research has been funded by NIMH, the Tourette Syndrome Association, Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, and the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression. He currently also serves as the Director of Psychology in the Bipolar Disorder Clinic and Research Program and as the Director of Research in the Division of Neurotherapeutics at MGH.
Jeanne M. Fama, Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Fama
Jeanne M. Fama, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of High Risk and Vulnerability Research in the OCD and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a Clinical Assistant in Psychology (Psychiatry) at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fama completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University and her clinical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She has received grants to pursue treatment-related, neuropsychological, cognitive, and family-related research in OCD, and has collaborated on several federally funded treatment projects. She has published on OCD-spectrum and Anxiety disorders and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board to the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation. Dr. Fama also enjoys teaching psychology interns, postdoctoral fellows, and psychiatry residents in training at MGH as well as practitioners involved in the MGH Psychiatry Academy. She sees patients at MGH and in private practice.
Jennifer L. Greenberg, Psy.D
Jennifer L. Greenberg, Psy.D., is a Clinical and Research Fellow in Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Greenberg received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and completed her clinical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 2008. Dr. Greenberg's clinical and research background is in anxiety and body image disorders, with a focus on the cognitive behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and eating disorders. She began her research involvement with OCD and related disorders in 2001, and she has worked on several studies focused on the etiology, maintenance and treatment outcome of OCD spectrum disorders. Dr. Greenberg's primary research interest resides in treatment development and outcome of OCD spectrum disorders in pediatric populations. She is also interested in dissemination of empirically-supported treatments and patient and therapist factors that influence treatment outcome. Dr. Greenberg is currently involved in various neuroimaging and treatment studies for patients with OCD, BDD and tic disorders through the MGH OCD and Related Disorders Program. She also sees patients through the Adult Outpatient Department CBT Program and OCD clinic at MGH.
Michael S. Hanau, M.D.
Publications by Dr. Hanau
Michael S. Hanau, M.D., a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and the Harvard-Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is Assistant Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He brings 15 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder to the OCD and Related Disorders Program at MGH.
Jennifer Ragan, Ph.D
Jennifer Ragan received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. There, Dr. Ragan received extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and provided supervision to junior clinicians through Dr. Michael Telch's Anxiety Research Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. She then completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral training through Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ragan is now a licensed psychologist and sees patients through the OCD clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital and in private practice. Her clinical interests are broad, in that she treats patients suffering from anxiety, mood, and eating disorders using both individual and group modalities. Her research interests center around the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder through Dr. Sabine Wilhelm's research lab.
Jessica Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Jessica Rasmussen, Ph.D., is a Clinical Fellow in Psychology (Psychiatry) at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. During graduate school, Ms. Rasmussen received cognitive-behavioral training in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorder, as well as specialized training in the treatment of compulsive hoarding. Her research interests focus on the etiology, maintenance and treatment of compulsive hoarding and OCD.
Hannah Reese, Ph.D
Hannah E. Reese, Ph.D. is a Clinical Fellow in Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She completed her undergraduate education at Wellesley College and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University. She has been at MGH since 2002 where she has served as project coordinator and study therapist for numerous studies on the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of OCD, BDD, Tourette Syndrome, chronic tic disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia.
Susan Sprich, Ph.D.
Dr. Sprich is the Clinical Director of the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Her primary research interests are cognitive-behavioral treatment of ADHD in adults and adolescents, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of Trichotillomania in children, adolescents in adults. Clinically, she treats adults with anxiety, ADHD, mood and OC-Spectrum disorders. She also teaches seminars and does supervision with the interns and residents at MGH. She has a private practice office in Wellesley, MA.
Kathleen Trainor, Psy.D.
Dr. Trainor is a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School and a Staff Psychologist in the Massachusetts General Hospital Child Psychiatry Clinic. Her MSW was from SUNY Stony Brook and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. Her previous position was as a child psychologist in the Mclean Hospital Child Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Trainor also has a private practice in Natick, Massachusetts. Dr. Trainor's research and clinical interests are in the area of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Selective Mutism and Trichotillomania.
Aisha Usmani, Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Usmani
Aisha Usmani, Ph.D., is a staff psychologist at the OCD and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School. Dr. Usmani specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD and OCD spectrum disorders, body focused repetitive behaviors, including trichotillomania and skin picking, tic disorders, and other related disorders. Dr. Usmani also holds a faculty appointment as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Her research experiences include providing assessment and protocol-based treatment for studies, including an RO1 grant. She also enjoys supervising clinical psychology graduate and postdoctoral students. Dr. Usmani completed her postdoctoral fellowships at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University and The Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS), where she gained expertise in evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral therapy, including acceptance and mindfulness based treatments. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Idaho State University, where she focused on cognitive-behavioral treatments.
Lisa Zakhary, M.D., Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Zakhary
Lisa Zakhary, M.D., Ph.D., a graduate of Harvard Medical School, completed her residency in general psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She earned a PhD in molecular neurobiology during her medical training. She is Assistant in Psychiatry at MGH and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She recently co-founded the MGH Comprehensive Skin Management Clinic, a multi-disciplinary dermatology/psychiatry clinic which provides treatment for patients with a variety of psychodermatologic conditions including compulsive skin picking, trichotillomania, and body dysmorphic disorder.
Barbara Davidson, R.N.
Barbara Davidson graduated from St. John's University in New York in 1970 with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She later received her RN degree from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY in 1983. Barbara was previously employed by the Belmont School Department prior to her work here at MGH, where she joined as an Intake Coordinator for the OCD, BDD and Trichotillomania clinics in 2003.
Erin Altenburger, B.A.
Erin Altenburger graduated from Williams College in 2011 with a B.A. in psychology. While at Williams, she conducted research in both developmental and social psychology. There she worked in the Child Development lab as a research assistant in a study focusing on mother-infant interaction and social regulation of infant stress and anxiety. In her senior independent research project, she studied the relationship between stress, including the perception of stress, experienced during pregnancy and child’s behavioral health outcomes as well as whether marital quality and support received during pregnancy mediated this relationship. While at MGH, she will be involved in studies of Hair Pulling Disorder at the Trichotillomania Clinic & Research Unit. After her time at MGH, Erin hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.