Control & Reward Circuits in OCD

Cognitive Development & Neuroimaging Lab

Control & Reward Circuits in OCD (IRB#7000)

The purpose of this study is to assess whether therapy treatment with exposure and ritual prevention (EX/RP) changes the brain. 


  • Are you between the ages of 18 and 55?
  • Do you have bothersome OCD symptoms?
  • Are you not taking any psychiatric medications?
  • Are you interested in receiving no-cost therapy treatment that may improve your symptoms?

If your answer is "yes" to all four questions, you may be eligible for treatment as part of the research study “Control and Reward Circuits in OCD” being conducted with the Center for Obsessive-Compulsive Treatment and Related Disorders at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.


Study Procedures

Eligible participants will:

  • Be asked questions about their symptoms;
  • Perform tasks on a computer;
  • Receive 17 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy consisting of exposure and ritual prevention (EX/RP); 
  • Receive a brain scan using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) both before and after therapy.