Treatment & Services

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

Trichotillomania
Treatment & Research

FACULTY & STAFF

Clinic Director

Dr. Nancy KeuthenNancy J. Keuthen, Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Keuthen

Nancy Keuthen, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Co-Founder and Clinic Director of the MGH Trichotillomania Clinic & Research Unit, 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. She has been instrumental in establishing awareness of, and improving treatment for this disorder. Dr. Keuthen serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards, including the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation. Her clinical, research, and teaching contributions have been 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 numerous journal articles and book chapters and co-authored the popular book Help for Hairpullers.

Director of Psychopharmacology

Darrin DoughertyDarin D. Dougherty, M.D., M.Sc.
Publications by Dr. Dougherty

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. Dr. Dougherty is also the Director of Medical Education at the Massachusetts General Hospital Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute and the Director of Psychopharmacology 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 100 original articles in peer-reviewed journals, 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. Dr. Dougherty is currently working on our BDD studies.

Founder

Dr. Michael JenikeMichael 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.

Professional Staff

Dr. Maria ButtolphMaria Lynn Buttolph, M.D.
Publications by Dr. Buttolph

Maria Lynn Buttholph, M.D., 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.

 
Dr. Anne ChosakAnne Chosak, Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Chosak

Anne Chosak, Ph.D., 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. Her current clinical and research interests and activities involve the OCD spectrum disorders of adulthood, including OCD, BDD, and trichotillomania (compulsive hair-pulling). In addition, Dr. Chosak currently supervises interns for the MGH clinical psychology internship program.

Thilo DeckersbachThilo Deckersbach, Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Deckersbach

Thilo Deckersbach, Ph.D., is a Staff Psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Deckersbach specializes in the neuropathology and neuroimaging of Tourette Syndrome (TS), related tic disorders, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He is currently the Co-Principal Investigator for studies investigating habit reversal versus supportive therapy in the treatment of children and adults with TS and chronic tics. Dr. Deckersbach’s research is funded by the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, as well as the Clinical Research and Training Program at Harvard Medical School.

Jeanne FamaJeanne 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 GreenbergJennifer L. Greenberg, Psy.D
Publications by Dr. Greenberg

Jennifer L. Greenberg, Psy.D., is a Clinical Assistant in Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Greenberg received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2008. She completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Greenberg is a licensed clinical psychologist and sees patients through the OCD and Related Disorders Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and in private practice. Her clinical and research background is in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of body image and obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders across the lifespan, with an emphasis on BDD. Her primary research interest resides in treatment outcome and cognitive risk factors that may play a role in the etiology and maintenance of these disorders. Clinically, she treats adolescents and adults with obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including BDD and OCD, and eating disorders.

Michael HanauMichael 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 an Assistant Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor in Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He brings 13 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder to the OCD and Related Disorders Program at MGH.

Jennifer RaganJennifer Ragan, Ph.D
Publications by Dr. Ragan

Jennifer Ragan, Ph.D., 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 RasmussenJessica Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Rasmussen

Jessica Rasmussen, Ph.D., is an Assistant in Psychology (Psychiatry) at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. During graduate school, Dr. Rasmussen received cognitive-behavioral training in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, 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. She also specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders and body dysmorphic disorder..

Hannah ReeseHannah Reese, Ph.D
Publications by Dr. Reese

Hannah E. Reese, Ph.D., is an Assistant in Psychology (Psychiatry) at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University and completed her clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Currently, Dr. Reese maintains an active research agenda and sees patients in her private practice. Her research interests pertain to the examination of cognitive processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of the anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders and the translation of these findings to the development of novel treatment interventions. She also specializes in the evidence-based treatment of anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and body dysmorphic disorder.

 

Susan SprichSusan Sprich, Ph.D.
Publications by Dr. Sprich


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 Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum disorders in children, adolescents in adults. She is currently involved in research projects targeting BDD in adults, OCD in children and adolescents and ADHD in adolescents. Clinically, she treats adults with anxiety, ADHD, mood and Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum disorders. She also teaches seminars and does supervision with the interns and residents at MGH.

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 UsmaniAisha 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 ZakharyLisa 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.

 

Intake Coordinators

Barbara DavidsonBarbara 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.

 

Research Coordinators

Esther WuEsther Wu Tung, B.A.
Esther Wu graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology. While at Harvard, she conducted research in social and clinical psychology. There she worked as a research assistant in the Clinical Research Laboratory, Laboratory for Youth Mental Health, and Affective Forecasting Laboratory on studies and meta-analyses about depression, conduct disorders, and ADHD in children; altruism and delayed gratification; shared experiences; active learning; and more. Esther also spent a summer volunteering at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital’s Commonwealth Research Center where she worked on studies about prodromal schizophrenia and helped lead treatment groups. She is excited to be involved in studies of Hair Pulling Disorder at the Trichotillomania Clinic and Research Unit. After her time at MGH, Esther plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.