The OCD and Related Disorders Program is housed within the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic located at the Jamail Specialty Care Center. This clinic is a unique setting that blends clinical care, education, and research. Broadly, the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic offers comprehensive outpatient assessments and treatment for individuals across the lifespan who experience psychiatric and psychological difficulties. The Baylor Psychiatry Clinic is also a primary outpatient training setting for the Baylor College of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Program and Psychology Internship.
Within the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic, the OCD and Related Disorders Program offers specialized treatment in the form of individual and family-based cognitive-behavioral therapy with exposure and response prevention as well as medication management. Currently, there are multiple federally funded projects in the OCD and Related Disorders Program including projects focused on cognitive-behavioral therapy, genetics, deep brain stimulation, and assessment.
The intern will complete clinical training as a member of the OCD and Related Disorders Program team. The intern will provide evidenced-based treatment, namely cognitive-behavioral therapy with exposure and response prevention, habit reversal training, and CBIT - to individuals that suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder and other obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (e.g., trichotillomania, tic disorders, body dysmorphic disorder). Treatment will also involve treating comorbid disorders, including mood and anxiety disorders. Under the direct supervision of Drs. Eric Storch, Amanda Palo, and Yasmine Omar, and in collaboration with other Baylor College of Medicine faculty experts, the intern will develop clinical expertise in the treatment of these disorders. Interns are encouraged to further their professional development by collaborating and consulting with other multidisciplinary team members, providing peer supervision, and learning to navigate the managed care system (e.g., billing and documentation requirements).
The intern will also have opportunities to work closely with child and adult psychiatrists and residents and provide psychological consultations as needed. Referrals may come from the community or from providers from within Baylor College of Medicine. The intern can expect to carry a very diverse patient caseload during the course of the year, with a primary focus on OCD and related conditions. The intern will be expected to continue to gain experience in providing evidence-based treatments, monitoring treatment progress, and further honing their case conceptualization skills for individuals with OCD and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders.
The intern will also have opportunities to engage in research in areas of adult and child OCD, including contributing to peer-reviewed publications and participating in ongoing research projects. Past interns have had the opportunity to become first author on at least one publication during the internship year.
The primary theoretical orientation utilized with patients of the OCD and Related Disorders Clinic is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Interns receive at least two hours of individual supervision per week (therapy and research supervision) by several members of the psychology faculty. Eric Storch, Ph.D., Amanda Palo, Ph.D., and Yasmine Omar, Ph.D. serve as the track supervisors for the OCD and Related Disorders Track.