In the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, Matt W. Specht, Ph.D., focuses on neuropsychiatric disorders, namely Tourettes disorder and OCD. He began his career at Johns Hopkins in 2006 as a project coordinator and therapist for the Johns Hopkins portion of the NIMH-funded behavior therapy for children with Tourettes Disorder trial (RO1MH069874). He currently serves as the Johns Hopkins site principal investigator (since 2010). He is also a co-investigator (since 2010) for the NINDS-funded Tourettes Syndrome Association (TSA) Genetic Linkage Study 2U01NS040024-06A1. Dr. Specht joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2008 as an Instructor and has since been promoted to Assistant Professor (2011).
Co-Director, Pediatric OCD and Tourette''s Specialty Clinic
Awards and Honors
Dr. Specht received a TSA Research and Training Grant (2008) designed to examine the effects of prolonged tic suppression. In 2009, he received an early-career scholarship at the TSA 5th International Scientific Symposium in recognition of this work.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
- Pediatric Medical Psychology
- Tic Disorders
- Tourette's Syndrome
Dr. Specht has developed at Johns Hopkins a Pediatric OCD and Tourettes Disorder Specialty Clinic, of which he is co-director. He is a faculty member of the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) Behavior Therapy Institute and has completed the International OCD Foundations (IOCDF) Behavior Therapy Training Institute.
Research and Publications
Specht, M.W., Woods, D., Piacentini, J., Scahill, L., Peterson, A., Chang, S., Walkup, J.T. (2011). Clinical characteristics of children and adolescents with a primary tic disorder. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.Volume 23, Number 1 (2011), 15-31, DOI: 10.1007/s10882-010-9223-z
Woods, D.W., Piacentini, J.C., Scahill, L., Peterson, A.L., Wilhelm, S., Chang, S., Specht, M.W., Walkup, J.T. (in press). Acute and Long-term Effects of Behavior Therapy for Tics on Secondary Psychiatric and Psychosocial Functioning. J Child Neurol July 2011 vol. 26 no. 7 858-865
Specht, M.W., Pierce-Keeton, C.., Walkup, J.T. (2008). Childhood Disorders: Tic Disorders. In A. Tasman, J. Kay, J. Lieberman, M.B. First, & M. Maj (Eds.), Psychiatry 3rd edition. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley
& Sons, Ltd.
- Dr. Specht''s current research focuses on evaluating co-occurring disorders as moderators of treatment outcome as well as developing and evaluating clinical algorithms for combining available empirically supported treatments for clinically complex patients.