Maria Mancebo, PhD
Program Manager and Staff Psychologist - Dr. Mancebo received her received her PhD in clinical-school psychology from Hofstra University in 2002. She joined the Butler Hospital Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ODD) Research Program in 2001 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in 2003. She is currently program manager of the OCD and Anxiety Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program and an assistant professor of research in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Mancebo's main research interests are in the long-term outcomes of treatments for OCD and improving access to evidence-based care for OCD, anxiety disorders, and hoarding. Her research has focused on dissemination and implementation of behavioral therapies for OCD and anxiety disorders. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has authored and co-authored publications on phenomenology of OCD across the lifespan, co-occurring disorders and outcome of treatments for OCD delivered in community settings.
Steven A. Rasmussen, MD
Medical Director - Dr. Rasmussen received his MD from Brown Medical School and completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University. Since 1983, he has devoted his efforts to the research and treatment of OCD and is acclaimed internationally for his work in the field. He was instrumental in designing and completing research on the use of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (a drug commonly used as an antidepressant) for OCD in the 1990’s. Dr. Rasmussen has been recognized by The Best Doctors in America annually for over 20 years. He has authored and co-authored over 150 publications and has lectured at conferences and symposiums across the globe regarding this illness. More recently, his research has been focused on long term outcome studies of OCD, epidemiologic studies, integrated approaches to treatment and circuit based neuromodulatory treatments. Currently, he is the Zucker Chair and professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He was the 2014 recipient of the International OCD Foundation lifetime achievement award.
Christina Boisseau, PhD
Staff Psychologist - Dr. Boisseau received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Boston University in 2011 and completed both her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Boisseau’s clinical expertise is in exposure-based treatments for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. She is coauthor of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders, a cognitive-behavioral treatment applicable to a broad range of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Boisseau is an assistant professor of research in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Boisseau's research background is in anxiety and eating disorders. Primary research interests include transdiagnostic treatment development and identifying temperamental predictors of OCD course and treatment response. She is currently co-investigator of several NIH-funded projects and the principal investigator of an NIH-funded study looking at the discontinuation of long-term serotonin reuptake inhibitors in OCD.
Megan L. Smith, LICSW
Program Therapist - Smith received her MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work in 2009 – completing internships at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Student Health Services. Megan relocated to Rhode Island in order to work at Gateway Healthcare, where for seven years she held positions as a Clinical Specialist and then as a Team Leader for an Integrated Health Home Team, providing outpatient mental health treatment to adults with chronic and persistent mental illness. From 2010 to 2015, Megan was the lead therapist on a research study implementing a protocol for using Exposure and Response Prevention therapy to treat adults diagnosed with OCD in a community mental health care setting. In addition to her work at Butler Hospital, Megan maintains an outpatient psychotherapy practice at Continuum Behavioral Health and is a member of the Rhode Island Hoarding Task Force, serving on both the Education and Care-Coordination Committees.