Study on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Do you or a family member experience recurrent, persistent and unwelcome thoughts about contamination?
Do you or a family member have a strong urge to wash your hands and clean your surroundings?
Do you or a family member avoid coming into contact with objects that may be dirty?

If you answered yes to these questions, you AND your family member may qualify to participate in a study being conducted in the Emotion and Anxiety Research Lab at Vanderbilt University on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Purpose: to understand how the brain processes emotion
in OCD
Description: The study will take about 3 hours to
complete and pays $80 for full participation to both you
and your family member. Tasks include a brief interview,
questionnaires, and a scan of your brain will be taken using
an MRI.

Eligibility criteria:

  • One participant WITH OCD and one unaffected
    relative willing to participate
  • NONE of the following conditions:
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Attention-Related Disorders (ADHD)
    • Substance Abuse
    • Pervasive Developmental Disorder
    • Psychotic Disorder

If you are interested in participating, please call us at (615) 343-5476 or email us at

Eligibility will be further determined upon contact