About Ryan Jacoby, PhD

Dr. Jacoby is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions, such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and anxiety disorders. She is a staff psychologist in the MGH Center for OCD and Related Disorders (CORD) where she sees outpatients and is involved in research.

Dr. Jacoby completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at CORD.

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Mass General Psychiatry: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Services
55 Fruit St.
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
Boston, MA 02114
OCD Clinic Intake Like: 617-726-6766

Medical Education

  • PhD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill IM Residency
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Dr. Jacoby's clinical and research interests are broadly focused on the nature and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders, including specific interests in psychological mechanisms of change in exposure-based therapies as well as treatment augmentation strategies that capitalize on these mechanisms (e.g., inhibitory learning approaches, repetitive negative thinking). She is also interested in improving the understanding and behavioral/psychophysiological measurement of transdiagnostic psychological processes (e.g., intolerance of uncertainty, attentional/cognitive control) utilizing multi-method approaches (e.g., attentional disengagement eye-tracking tasks, behavioral economic decision-making paradigms, biometric indices of autonomic arousal). Dr. Jacoby is currently funded by a Career Development Award (K23) from the National Institute of Mental Health examining attentional/cognitive control as a mechanism in the transdiagnostic treatment of repetitive negative thinking. She was a 2017 recipient of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) Young Investigator Research Award and a 2018 recipient of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program Award.


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