PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD 

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, School of Medicine

Director, Rodriguez Lab (Translational Therapeutics Lab)
Director, Translational OCD Research Program
Director, Stanford Hoarding Disorders Research Program

 

Dr. Rodriguez is the director of the Rodriguez Translational Therapeutics Lab. She utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to finding treatment for patients suffering from compulsive behaviors such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and hoarding disorder (HD). Her numerous studies aim to gain understanding of these behaviors at multiple levels of analysis (from molecule to behavior).

On the OCD front, Dr. Rodriguez is focusing on the ability of ketamine, an NMDA receptor antagonist, to quickly and effectively suppress obsessive thoughts. She is using a variety of imaging techniques to observe the effects of ketamine on neurotransmitter systems and brain activity in human patients, as well as investigating the benefits of combining ketamine administration with cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, she is interested in the use of intranasal drug delivery for fast-acting treatments.

Further, Dr. Rodriguez research interests include understanding the underlying brain mechanisms involved in hoarding behaviors and how these differ from normal collecting behavior. In addition, in order to help individuals with hoarding disorder, Dr. Rodriguez is working with government agencies to test a novel treatment intervention consisting of skills-based group treatment targeting hoarding behaviors.

 

 


THE RODRIGUEZ LAB TEAM

Maria Filippou-Frye, MD, MBS

Clinical Research Manager

Dr. Filippou-Frye has extensive experience in clinical research. Her clinical research capabilities, FDA regulations knowledge, industry knowledge and the skills required to effectively translate comprehensive medical data to health care and business professionals are valuable in the leadership of the clinical operations of the lab.  

 


Mason Alford, MSc

Clinical Research Coordinator

Mason Alford brings an interdisciplinary perspective to emerging issues in human health and disease, leveraging his training in both natural science and anthropology to inform new solutions for pressing health needs.

Mason's research interests include the neurobiological underpinnings of emotion and cognition, as well as incorporating differential cultural understandings of disease into health practice models.

 


Peter Aston

PsyD Student, PGSP-Stanford

Pete's clinical interests include community mental health and the treatment of anxiety disorders. His research focuses on the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the treatment of Hoarding Disorder and OCD.

 

 

 


Amanda Mahnke, EdM

PsyD Student, PGSP - Stanford

Amanda draws on her interdisciplinary background in human development, psychology, and communication as a clinician and researcher.  Her interests include Trauma, OCD, and Hoarding Disorder.  Amanda helps communicate research findings for publication, and participates in training and group facilitation for our BITS Clinical Study.


Sarah Righi

PsyD Student, PGSP - Stanford

Sarah is a 4th year doctoral student who is committed to help improve quality of life for those with OCD and Hoarding Disorder. She brings strong clinical and assessment skills to aid in our research endeavors. She facilitates in the management and operations of our Buried in Treasures and OCD projects.

 

Andrea Varias, MSHS

Clinical Research Coordinator

Andrea has a demonstrated history of working with various medical practices around the Bay Area and within the biotechnical industry as a Health Care Quality Specialist and Clinical Researcher. Andrea’s research interests include understanding brain bases of emotion, motivation, and reward to identify structure of natural behavior.  She is committed to improving quality of life of those with complex mental health disorders.


Brianna Wright

Clinical Research Coordinator

Brianna’s interdisciplinary approach to medicine has shown through her varied work as a Research Assistant in the medical device industry, an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in Psychiatry, and a Public Affairs intern and volunteer with Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology with a concentration in Women's Health and Physiology in 2017 from Stanford University. She strives to improve the lives of women by incorporating the fields of public health, research, and medicine into her future as a physician.


Omer Linkovski, PhD

Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Linkovski’s main research interest is harnessing cognitive neuroscience for better understanding basic mechanisms that underlie Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders. He developed this interest during his training both as a clinical psychologist and as a cognitive neuroscientist.

Dr. Linkovski is currently studying decision making and cognitive control in patients suffering from OCD and hoarding disorder.


Cat Sanchez

Research Assistant & Undergraduate Student - Stanford

Cat is a 3rd year undergraduate student in the Human Biology department. She brings strong customer service and patient care skills to the lab and is excited to help research effective treatments for complex mental health disorders.

 


AFFILIATES AND COLLABORATORS

Alan Schatzberg, MD

Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Bruce Arnow, PhD

Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Jerome Yesavage, MD

Professor 

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Booil Jo, PhD

Associate Professor 

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Elias Aboujaoude, MD, MA

Clinical Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Kate Corcoran, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Leanne Williams, PhD

Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Charles DeBattista, MD

Professor 

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford Univeristy


Randy O. Frost, PhD

Harold & Elsa Siipola Israel

Professor of Psychology

Smith College 


Anthony Pinto, PhD

Associate Professor

Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Zucker Hillside Hospital

Northwell Health OCD Center

 


Alan Ringold, MD

Clinical Professor 

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University

 


Nolan Williams, MD

Instructor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Gary Glover, PhD

Professor

Department of Radiology 
 

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Daniel Spielman, PhD

Professor 

Department of Radiology

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Lorrin Koran, MD

Emeritus Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Chi-Ming Chen, PhD

Assitant Professor
Direcotor of Translational Research and Neural Stimulation Lab

Department of Psychological Sciences

University of Connecticut


Kim Bullock, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Linda Merrifield, RN, MPH

Editor of Hoarders.org

Author, Information Guide About Hoarding & Cluttering


Darius Frye

Photographer/Videographer

Company: Golden Hour Productions LLC


Lee Shuer

Certified Peer Specialist
Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator


Aging and Adult Services

San Mateo County