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

MANAGEMENT

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.  


CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATORS


Andrea Varias, MSHS

Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

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.

 


Elizabeth McCarthy

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Elizabeth's past experience as a Research Assistant at UCSF in a psychophysiology lab and volunteering with the American Red Cross translated to her current position of Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator at the Rodriguez Lab.  She graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and she is dedicated to helping people improve their lives by pursuing a career in research and medicine.

 

 


Cat Sanchez

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Cat is a 4th 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. Her Honors Thesis work is on Early Life Stress and Hoarding Disorder.


Camilla Halsey

Research Assistant

Camilla is a second-year undergraduate student in the biomedical computation department. Her experiences as a hospital volunteer and clinical intern have given her strong patient interaction skills and clinical experience which she brings to the lab.

Brianna Wright

Assistant 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.


Thasveen Sandhu

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Thasveen is an experienced clinical researcher, she has helped orchestrate multiple pharmacokinetic pediatric and adult clinical trials in private medical practice as a clinical research coordinator. She obtained her B.S degree in Biology with an option in Physiology as well as a minor in Chemistry at California State University, East Bay in 2015. Inspired by mental health issues such as hoarding disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, Thasveen is actively pursuing research related to utilizing imaging techniques to better understand how beliefs about possession may influence an individual’s emotional response.


Shannon Buchy

Research Assistant

Shannon is a second year undergraduate studying Psychology. Her interests include abnormal psychology and mental health awareness. She is excited to help with research and further the study of complex mental health disorders.

RODRIGUEZ LAB FACULTY

Peter van Roessel

Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr Peter van Roessel, M.D. Ph.D, completed his MD at Stanford University and completed his residency training in psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Prior to joining the clinical faculty at Stanford, he worked for 6 years as Associate Director of the general research unit of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, a premier state-funded research hospital affiliated with Columbia University. He completed PhD in molecular and developmental neurobiology at the University of Cambridge, UK, prior to his medical training, and is currently pursuing research interests related to the nature and neural correlates of insight in obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

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.


Hannah Raila, PhD

Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellow

Hannah completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Yale.  There, she studied the "diet" of visual information that we consume as we navigate the world (e.g., do we see the crack in the wall, or do we pass by it unaware?), how such visual biases influence our emotions, and the individual differences (such as being happy) that predispose certain people to have these visual biases. While on clinical internship at Weill Cornell, she specialized in the delivery of exposure and response prevention (ERP) for OCD. 

In the Rodriguez Lab, she is particularly interested in links between attention and emotion in OCD, and whether biased visual processing of obsession-related cues contributes to symptom severity.


Anthony Lombardi, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow, OCD and Related Disorders Track

Dr. Lombardi’s interests include the use of exposure-based psychological treatments for anxiety-related disorders. In particular, he has focused on providing exposure and response prevention (ERP) treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He is also passionate about enhancing the dissemination of evidenced-based psychological treatments.

Dr. Lombardi’s research has focused on examining the translational effectiveness of exposure-based treatments for PTSD and OCD and improving the efficacy of exposure-based treatments for all anxiety-related disorders.


GRADUATE STUDENTS

Peter Aston

PsyD Student, PGSP-Stanford

Pete’s clinical interests include community mental health, emerging adulthood, and the treatment of anxiety disorders. His research focuses on the retirement experiences of professional hockey players.

 

 

 

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.

AFFILIATES AND COLLABORATORS

Elias Aboujaoude, MD, MA

Clinical 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


Randy O. Frost, PhD

Harold & Elsa Siipola Isreal Professor of Psychology

 

Smith College 

 


Lorrin Koran, MD

Emeritus Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Alan Schatzberg, MD

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


Bruce Arnow, PhD

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


Gary Glover, PhD

Professor

Department of Radiology 
 

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Anthony Pinto, PhD

Associate Professor

Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Zucker Hillside Hospital

Northwell Health OCD Center


Daniel Spielman, PhD

Professor 

Department of Radiology

School of Medicine, Stanford University

 


Jerome Yesavage, MD

Professor 

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Kim Bullock, MD

Clinical Associate 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


Booil Jo, PhD

Associate Professor 

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, Stanford University


Alan Ringold, MD

Clinical 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


COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Linda Merrifield, RN, MPH

Editor of Hoarders.org

Author, Information Guide About Hoarding & Cluttering


Darius Frye

Photographer/Videographer

Company: GH Photo


Lee Shuer

Certified Peer Specialist
Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator


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