Child OCD & Anxiety Disorders Program

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for OCD

We are conducting research using virtual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children with symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Who Can Participate?

Healthy Volunteers:
  • Age (years) is between 7 and 14
  • No emotional, behavioral, or serious medical illnesses
  • No braces or metal implants in the body
  • Not taking any psychiatric medications

Participants with mild (subclinical) symptoms of OCD:
  • Age (years) is between 7 and 14
  • Mild OCD symptoms (present, but not bothersome)
  • No other emotional, behavioral, or serious medical illnesses
  • No braces or metal implants in the body
  • Not taking any psychiatric medications

Participants with OCD:
  • Age (years) is between 7 and 14
  • Currently struggling with obsessions and compulsions (e.g. unwanted or intrusive thoughts, fears of germs, need to count and/or order, etc.)
  • No braces or metal implants in the body
  • Not taking any psychiatric medications (stimulants for ADHD are acceptable)

*Note: OCD does not have to be previously diagnosed. Children with obsessions and compulsions that interfere with their functioning in some way (school attendance or performance, relationships with family members or peers, involvement in activities) may be eligible to participate.

What is Involved?

  • For patients diagnosed with OCD:
    • Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation (virtual)
    • Practice fMRI scan (in-person at the Rachel Upjohn Building)
    • fMRI #1 (in-person at North Campus Research Complex) *Read about fMRI here.
    • 12 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (virtual) *Read about CBT here.
      • Note: All therapy will be provided by Masters and PhD-level clinicians at no cost to the participant. This study does not involve any medications.
    • fMRI #2 (12-16 weeks after fMRI #1; in-person at North Campus Research Complex)
    • Completion of questionnaires throughout study participation

  • For participants with mild (subclinical) OCD symptoms
    • Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation (virtual)
    • Practice fMRI scan (in-person at the Rachel Upjohn Building)
    • 1 fMRI (in-person at North Campus Research Complex) *Read about fMRI here.

  • For healthy volunteers:
    • Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation (virtual)
    • Practice fMRI scan (in-person at the Rachel Upjohn Building)
    • fMRI (in-person at North Campus Research Complex)
    • 1-2 fMRIs (in-person at North Campus Research Complex) *Read about fMRI here.

Approximate Timing Involved

  • Initial Assessment: 2-4 hours, split across multiple days
  • Practice fMRI Scan: 1 hour
  • fMRI #1: 2 hours
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 1 hour per week, 12 weeks
  • fMRI #2: 2 hours

Compensation

Participants will have the opportunity to earn between $100 and $345 depending on participation group and activities completed. All therapy will be offered at no cost.

Interested? Complete a research interest form or contact the OCD-CBT study team at: CBT-OCD-Study@med.umich.edu.

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