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Eric A Storch
All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair & Assoc Professor

University of South Florida



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Dr. Storch is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of South Florida. Dr. Storch specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of adult and childhood obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as other obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (e.g., trichotillomania, tic disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, skinpicking) and anxiety disorders. Dr. Storch earned his B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University in 1997, followed by his M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Child-Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. He joined the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of South Florida in 2008. Dr. Storch is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Director of the University of South Florida OCD Program. As detailed below, he is conducting research in the areas of cognitive behavioral treatment for adult and childhood OCD, treatment augmentation, and treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. Dr. Storch’s primary research focus is on the treatment of adult and childhood OCD. He is particularly intrigued by the hypothesis that targeting specific neural receptors (e.g., NMDA) may facilitate extinction processes central to exposure-based psychotherapy. As many child and adults OCD patients continue to experience residual symptoms following treatment, remain treatment refractory, or have an adverse reaction to psychotropics, there is a great need for enhancing the effectiveness of extant psychotherapies. This research has been supported by NIH and NARSAD grants to Dr. Storch. In addition to this interest, SSRIs have been implicated in the behavioral activation of some pediatric patients. There is a dearth of data on the phenomenology and quantification of this putative syndrome, despite the relative frequency with which it occurs. Given this, in collaboration with Drs. Goodman and Murphy, Dr. Storch has been conducting research on defining the cluster of behavioral side effects of SSRIs (referred to as “activation syndrome”) and examining how differential dosing may impact the timing and presence of activation. Dr. Storch’s clinical research also focuses on treatment augmentation, both psychosocial and pharmacological, in pediatric and adult OCD patients. As many OCD patients do not have an adequate response to first-line treatments, studying evidenced-based augmentation approaches is highly warranted. Finally, Dr. Storch is interested in studying alternative service delivery options for cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as how behavioral treatment can be helpful for unique populations. Specific interests include examining the efficacy of telephone-based treatments, as well as applying behavioral interventions to treatment compulsive behaviors in varied developmental disabilities. Dr. Storch has published over 165 peer-reviewed articles. He is the lead editor on a text (with Drs. Geffken and Murphy) entitled “Handbook of Child and Adolescent Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” that is published by Lawrence Erlbaum, Inc. In addition, he has two books published by Springer that are in preparation: one focuses on cognitive-behavioral therapy for difficult-to-treatment pediatric psychiatric illnesses, while the other is a textbook on childhood anxiety disorders. Dr. Storch has received grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, NARSAD, Tourette's Syndrome Association, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, pharmaceutical companies, and numerous other foundations for his research on OCD and related topics.

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