Eric Storch, PhD
Professor and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair
Vice Chair & Head, Psychology
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine, Texas
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He serves as Vice Chair and Head of Psychology, and oversees the CBT for OCD program at BCM. Dr. Storch has received multiple grants from federal agencies for his research (i.e., NIH, CDC), is a Fulbright Scholar, and has published over 14 books and over 550 articles and chapters. He specializes in the nature and treatment of childhood and adult obsessive-compulsive disorder and related conditions, anxiety disorders, and anxiety among youth with autism.
Conference Lecture Summary
There is a well-documented link between obsessive-compulsive symptoms and various immunological conditions, where the latter confers additional burden above and beyond the illness alone. This talk will focus on what is known about the link between immune disorders including Lyme and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Particular attention will be given to discussing pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus as a potential model for understanding this linkage. Discussion will be provided regarding the nature of standard therapies as well as more immune- modulating approaches.