Intensive Program for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Our Team at the Intensive Program for OCD
The Intensive Program for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) team includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and milieu associates.
The program’s directors have extensive experience in research and implementation of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with OCD and other severe anxiety disorders.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program Leadership
Brady Case, MD, is medical director of the Bradley Hospital Intensive Program for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He is an assistant professor (research) of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and of health services, policy, and practice at the Brown School of Public Health.
Dr. Case earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. He completed psychiatry residency and clinical research training at New York University and a child psychiatry fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he was trained in the treatment of pediatric OCD.
Prior to returning to Brown, Case was a research psychiatrist in the statistics and services research division at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and the NYU Child Study Center. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
His research has focused on the use and quality of care for pediatric mental disorders in the United States. He also has experience in examining patterns of mental health and substance use disorder, mental health service use in complex epidemiologic samples, public and private administrative claims, and health care provider surveys.
Jennifer Freeman, PhD, is the director of research and training at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) at Bradley Hospital. She is also associate professor (research) of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Dr. Freeman received her BA from Wesleyan University and completed her doctoral training at the State University of New York at Buffalo, completed a predoctoral internship at the Brown University clinical psychology training program, and was a postdoctoral fellow in child and pediatric psychology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Her research interests are in the area of child and adolescent anxiety disorders. Freeman's particular interests include OCD, cognitive behavioral family interventions, and developmental psychopathology. Her current research focuses on dissemination of treatment and training programs for treatment providers in the area of exposure therapy.
Dr. Freeman was the principal investigator (PI) on an NIMH-funded multisite trial of exposure-based treatment for young children with OCD, site PI or Co-I on a number of past treatment trials for childhood OCD, and currently an MPI on an NIMH funded R21/R33.
Abbe Garcia, PhD is director of the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) and clinical director of Bradley Hospital’s Intensive Program for OCD. Dr. Garcia is also an assistant professor (research) of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Dr. Garcia received a BA in psychology from Williams College and completed her graduate training at Temple University. She also completed a predoctoral internship in the clinical psychology training program, and she was a postdoctoral fellow in child and pediatric psychology, both at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.
Garcia’s research interests are connected to quality improvement efforts in the Intensive Program for OCD. She is interested in using objective measures of outcome to demonstrate clinical changes and in using these data to guide further development of the treatment approach used in this program.
Joseph Berryhill, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC). He specializes in the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to treat pediatric anxiety disorders. Dr. Berryhill received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in clinical and community psychology from the University of South Carolina. He completed his education with a clinical internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Elizabeth Brannan, MD, is an attending psychiatrist in the Intensive Program for OCD at Bradley Hospital, and an assistant professor (clinician educator track) in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is the co-director of both the first-year medical student brain sciences course and the longitudinal third-year medical student integration seminar. She also supervises and lectures in the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program and Triple Board residency program.
Dr. Brannan earned her medical degree at the University of California at Davis. She pursued combined training in psychiatry and pediatrics through the Triple Board Program (pediatrics, general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she focused on pediatric palliative care, the medical-psychiatric interface, and pediatric anxiety disorders.
Jennifer Herren, PhD is a staff psychologist at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) and a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University. She specializes in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy in treatment of pediatric anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Dr. Herren is also a senior clinical consultant and trainer in the use of the treatment intervention, Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), and serves as a co-investigator on the R01: Quality Assessment in Exposure Therapy.
Herren received her BA from Maryville College and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her predoctoral internship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she gained specific training in pediatric psychology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship, specializing in child and adolescent psychology, at Judge Baker Children’s Center and Harvard University.
She is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Her research interests focus on how to effectively disseminate and increase use of evidence-based practices in community practice as well as on the etiology and treatment of comorbid anxiety and depression.
David McConville, PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in therapy with children, adolescents, and their families. He directs the family therapy clinic at Bradley Hospital and is the co-director for family therapy training for the child psychiatry fellowship and triple board residency at Brown University. McConville is also a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Michael Walther, PhD is a psychologist at Bradley Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently completing a fellowship under the T32 National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Dr. Walther joined the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) in 2011 as part of his predoctoral internship at Brown University. He is interested in the phenomenology, etiology, and treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including OCD, hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania), and tic disorders.