EmRT Clinical Study

Exploring Emotional Reactivity Training for Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

about the emrt study

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Hoarding Disorder (HD) are two main disorders in the obsessive-compulsive spectrum. Both disorders are chronic and disabling, costing the American economy over $2 billion annually and representing a significant public health problem (they affect more than 19 million Americans).

OCD and HD patients have abberrant reactions to emotional stimuli (i.e., emotional reactivity), a process which is thought to contribute to OCD and HD's pathogenesis. The proposed study would be the first to assess whether computerized training, as tested in healthy participants, can reduce symptom severity and emotional reactivity among OCD and HD patients.


Results of the current study could mark a leap forward in OCD and HD treatments by underlining the importance of abnormal emotional reactivity. Emotional-reactivity training could prove to be a simple, low-risk adjunct treatment or a stand-alone intervention for OCD and HD patients without access to existing treatments (i.e. patients in remote areas without access to specialized treatment).

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to test specific behavioral non-invasive intervention in individuals suffering from OCD and HD.

This clinical study is listed in clinicaltrials.gov.

participate in emrt study

The Rodriguez Lab is looking for adults 18-70 years old with difficulty in discarding items OR a primary diagnosis of OCD to take part in a study providing these possible benefits:

  • Free diagnostic evaluation
  • Free test of your memory and attention

You can participate if:

  • You are between the ages of 18-70
  • You are acquiring items and have difficulty to discard them OR primary diagnosis of OCD
  • You are willing and able to understand and complete consent procedures 
  • You have the capacity to provide informed consent

You cannot participate if:

  • You are pregnant or nursing female
  • You have major medical or neurological condition that will make your participation unsafe

Duration of Study Involvement

  • Each individual will participate in a free diagnostic evaluation by experienced clinicians
  • If eligible, the study will involve 17 in person visits (baseline, 14 sessions of active computerized training, post-training assessment, follow up)

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