Researchers at San Diego State University are stuyding how and why treatment work for kids with OCD. The program is 12 weeks long and includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a novel computer-based program. In addition, families would be asked to complete behavioral exercises between sessions that help kids face their OCD fears. Parents are involved in their child’s treatment and complete a number of questionnaires about their children and as well as some computer tasks. We also be doing an EEG (electroencephalogram) to see how the treatment may change the ways a child thinks, remembers and learns information. We are also interested in learning more about the relationship between how children think and feel and what parents think and feel, so parents in this study are also asked to complete forms about their own mood and complete similar tasks.

San Diego State University
Principal Investigator
Jennie Kuckertz, MS and Nader Amir, PhD
Eligibility Criteria

Male and female between the ages 8 to 14:

  • Primary diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • English proficiency
  • Parent or legal guardian of youth participant who is capable and willing to participate in the study
Exclusion Criteria

Individuals that have:

  • Active suicidal ideation
  • Psychosis
  • History of bipolar disorder
  • Organic mental disorder
  • Developmental disorder
  • Change in psychotropic medication within past 6 weeks
  • Concurrent psychotherapy
  • Serious medical conditions that would interfere with study participation
  • Other medications, herbals, or over-the-counter medications that would interfere with interpretation of the study
  • Primary non-OCD psychiatric diagnosis
Jennie Kuckertz, MS (619-229-3740,
San Diego State University, Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety
Study End Date