Research Studies at the Obsessive-Compulsive and
Related Disorders Program
At the Stanford University Medical Center's Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program, we are always carrying out studies aimed at finding better treatments for obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. If you are interested in, and/or would like to learn more about the studies and the eligibility criteria, please read the summarized descriptions below. Those who wish to participate in any of the studies or who want more information should phone our research study line (650) 725-5180.
Currently, we are looking for volunteers for two studies.
One is a research study of adding web-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to Luvox CR to treat OCD. The purpose of this study is to find out the effect of the web-based CBT and to determine if weekly emails from a psychologist improve results. For individual participants, this study will take approximately 20 weeks. All participants will receive the Luvox CR and will participate in the web-based CBT. Half the participants will receive weekly emails. There are ten study visits. Participants will be paid $40 per visit and $60 for the final study visit.
The other is a study to evaluate whether switching to Cymbalta from a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) will reduce SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction in patients with depression. There are six study visits. Participants will be paid $40 per visit.
We expect to have more studies in the future. Please check this site periodically to see what is available.
All research studies are FREE to the patients; aside from transportation and parking costs, there are no costs associated with participation. Some studies offer reimbursement.
All of the studies will involve an in-depth phone screen, during which staff will explain the studies in detail as well as interview prospective patients for complete eligiblility requirements. Additionally, all studies require patients to be in good health and to that end some require an initial comprehensive physical evaluation (physical exam, EKG, blood tests, and urinalysis) to determine study eligibility. Patients must be able to attend weekly appointments at Stanford between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.