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OCD and Decision-Making Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science is accepting applications for a two-year research and clinical fellowship in the obsessive compulsive and anxiety disorders group. Applicants must have a M.D. and have completed a general psychiatry residency or hold a Ph.D. in a related area of study.

The goal of the fellowship is to develop research expertise and to benefit from training in OCD and anxiety disorders, with an emphasis on decision-making processes, in preparation for advanced academic or clinical appointments. The research opportunity includes multiple potential areas of focus including analysis of genomic data, neuroimaging, studies of mouse behavior, and behavioral phenotyping. (See areas of interest below)

Requirements for the fellowship include: 

  • Fellow-initiated research project: The fellow is expected to develop a focused area of research - from design to publication (design, IRB approval, data collection, analysis, and manuscript preparation).
  • Participation in OCD and anxiety clinic: The fellow is expected to supervise clinic residents on a weekly basis.

Areas of Interest


  • Analysis of genomic data: GWAS & Sequence data
  • Animal models of Genetic findings


  • Imaging aspects: PET or fMR
  • Behavioral measures of doubt
  • ERN
  • Smell recognition 
  • Mouse and human work with Hussain Shuler model of time elements in decision-making
  • Epidemiology across internalizing disorders

Pregnancy and OCD

High-risk studies in OCD

For further information or to apply, contact:

Gerald Nestadt, MD, MPH
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N Wolfe St., Meyer 131
Baltimore, MD 21287
phone: 410-955-4838
fax: 410-614-5913

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