Discovering treatments
Providing hope - Improving lives

The Translational Therapeutics Lab seeks to translate our understanding of the brain bases of emotion and behavior to develop rapid-acting treatments for mental illness. We partner with collaborators at multiple points along the drug discovery and development pathway to discover new treatments across the lifespan.

Our interdisciplinary approach involves identifying promising compounds and designing clinical trials that simultaneously provide information about mechanism and efficacy. We utilize multiple modalities (fMRI, EEG, MRS) to understand where and when compounds are targeting the brain at multiple levels including molecules, circuits, networks, and behaviors to produce rapid relief of symptoms.

We are committed to educating the public about mental illness and clinical research. 


To serve our patients with compassion, to collaborate with interdisciplinary scientists and community partners, and to lead innovative high-quality research studies that accelerate and transform treatments for severe mental illness


To innovate targeted rapid-acting treatments and drive insights into the brain basis of OCD and related disorders to relieve suffering of patients

Latest News

Health Matters 2018

"When Does an Obsession Become a Disorder?"

Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



Check out the other presentations from Health Matters 2018 HERE.

Partnering with the community in clinical research

Thank you nOCD for helping us connect with potential clinical research participants who will partner with us to advance the science critical to finding new treatments for OCD.

Currently the Rodriguez Lab is recruiting participants diagnosed with OCD.

For more information contact us at and 650-723-4095.treatment and research.

To connect with nOCD click HERE.


To watch the video: Click HERE

Healthy Minds on PBS

Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein aims to remove the stigma of mental illness and demonstrate that with help, there is hope. The series humanizes common psychiatric conditions through inspiring personal stories, as well as, experts sharing cutting edge information, including new-approaches and next-generation therapies in diagnostics, treatment and research.

Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez is a featured in Episode 8: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Now Available On Demand: Watch It Here

OCD Awareness Week at Stanford - Presentations

OCD Treatments Old and New

Speaker: Dr. Lorrin Koran

View here

Rapid-Acting Treatments for OCD

Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Speaker: Dr. Nolan Willams

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Focused Ultrasound and Deep Brain Stimulation

Speaker: Dr. Mahendra Bhati

View here

Image by Paul Sakuma, Stanford Medicine News.

Webinar: ‘Towards Rapid-Acting Treatments for OCD’

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. (2017, June 13).

Listen here

Podcast: ‘Special K’ A Potential Treatment for OCD?

Scope. (2017, June 5). Stanford Medicine.

Listen here

Early Test Shows: Experimental Drug May Have Potential to Relieve OCD Symptoms Quickly and with Few Side Effect

eNews. (2017, May 25). Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

Full article

Researcher Investigates Hallucinogen as Potential OCD Treatment

White, T. (2017, May 19). Stanford Medicine.

Full article

Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals with OCD by advancing our understanding of and the treatment for these brain based disorders.

We are dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from Hoarding Disorder by developing more effective brain based treatments.

We are seeking to improve the lives of veterans that suffer from PTSD by exploring new rapid acting treatments.

We explore the function of healthy brain. Your participation will help us discover therapies for OCD and Hoarding Disorder.