Are you interested in participating in OCD research? See below for current studies recruiting participants in southern California. Note that some research studies may offer treatment at no cost and/or provide compensation for research assessments.

OCD Treatment Study for Children Ages 8-14

Researchers at San Diego State University are enrolling families of children with OCD ages 8-14 in a study examining mechanisms of treatment response. Families will receive CBT at no cost. Families can inquire about the study here or can download our flyer for additional information.

Genetics of OCD Study

Research has shown that genes can make some people more likely than others to develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders (Hoarding Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hair Pulling Disorder/Trichotillomania, and Skin Picking Disorder/Excoriation Disorder). Researchers at the University of Southern California are trying to find these genes. Once these genes are identified, new and improved treatments may be possible. If you would like further information, or would like to participate, please visit or download flyer here.

Body Focused Repetitive Behavior Precision Medicine Initiative

Dr. Piacentini, director of the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program is conducting a study to learn more about the mechanisms that underlie Hair Pulling Disorder/Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder/Excoriation Disorder. Participants will complete two visits at UCLA, the first for a diagnostic interview, neurocognitive tasks, and a blood draw (UCLA IRB#16-001027). The second will be for a fMRI brain scan. For more information please download the study flyer here.

Study for Treatment of Hoarding Disorder

Researchers at the VA San Diego Healthcare System are enrolling Veterans in a study examining two evidence-based treatments for hoarding disorder. If  you are enrolled in this study, you will receive 26 sessions of individual psychotherapy for hoarding disorder at no cost to you. For more information about this study, please call (858) 552-8585 ext. 1251 or download our brochure.

Clinical and Cerebral Metabolic Effects of Memantine Treatment in Hoarding Disorder

Dr. Sanjaya Saxena, of the UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program, is conducting a research study to 1) identify abnormalities of brain structure and function in individuals with Compulsive Hoarding, and to 2) determine how brain function may change with effective treatment. Study participants will receive brain imaging (PET scan), 12 weeks of treatment with Memantine (Namenda), and neuropsychological testing. (UCSD IRB #140026) For more information about this study, please download the flyer here.

Associated Features of Compulsive Hoarding

Dr. Sanjaya Saxena of the UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program is conducting this research study to find out more about associated features of compulsive hoarding, such as perfectionism, indecision, procrastination, disorganization, and thought disorder. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether these associated features are specifically linked to compulsive hoarding, or to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or all anxiety disorders in general. Participants will receive a structured diagnostic psychiatric interview and will be asked to complete some psychiatric questionnaires and symptom rating scales. (UCSD IRB #120572) For more information, please download the flyer for OCD, Hoarding Disorder, or Anxiety Disorders.

Habit Reversal Training for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Sanjaya Saxena, M.D. and Marieke Toffolo, Ph.D. of the UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program are conducting a research study to find out more about a new treatment, Habit Reversal Training (HRT), for patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The purpose of this study is to examine whether treatment with HRT will improve the symptoms of OCD, including excessive checking, washing and ordering behavior. The treatment focuses on directly changing the habitual character of compulsions. (UCSD IRB #160842) For more information about this study, please download the flyer here.

OCD and Family Study

OCD is often linked with elevated family stress and burden. However, little is known about romantic relationships and parent-child relationships in adults with OCD. Researchers at the University of South Florida are conducting a study to better understand how OCD influences parenting behaviors and romantic relationships and to shed light on specific familial issues relative to OCD. If you would like further information or would like to participate, please visit download the flyer here.

To learn more about how to participate in studies being conducted nationally, visit the IOCDF research participant page.