Tic Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Specialty Clinic

The Tic Disorder/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Specialty Clinic at the Yale Child Study Center is a leading clinical and research center for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of tic disorders (including Tourette syndrome [TS]), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Trichotillomania (TTM) or compulsive hair pulling.

The Clinic provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment recommendations with the support of an interdisciplinary group of clinicians including child psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers. Consultation is provided to the family’s primary provider.

The Clinic offers cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to patients for whom this form of treatment is indicated. CBT is generally a brief (3 – 6 months) treatment that occurs on a weekly basis at the Child Study Center. In addition to our clinical services, we are actively involved in research to learn more about these disorders and to improve existing treatments. We currently have several federally funded research projects underway, some of which involve other clinical and research sites throughout the United States.

One of these projects is focused on individuals with severe Tourette’s syndrome and the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). This is a non-invasive procedure that is now being done at the Center using state-of-of-the-art equipment.