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 OCD and Related Disorders Program 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 the MGH OCD and Related Disorders Program. 

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Psychiatry-Outpatient Services
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
OCD Clinic Intake Like: 617-726-6766
Phone: 617-724-4167

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 (e.g., inhibitory learning approaches) as well as treatment augmentation strategies that capitalize on these mechanisms. She is also interested in improving the understanding and behavioral/psychophysiological measurement of transdiagnostic psychological processes (e.g., intolerance of uncertainty, cognitive/attentional 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 the Charles King Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowship and the International OCD Foundation Young Investigator Research Award, with supplemental internal funding from the Harvard University Mind Brain Behavior Initiative, Livingston Fellowship Award, and Foundations of Human Behavior Grant. She was a 2018 recipient of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program Award.