The Family Accommodation Collaboratory is dedicated to understanding and treating family accommodation in OCD. Our Collaboratory is comprised of researchers and clinicians who have developed the Family Accommodation Scales included on this website. Members of our Collaboratory have also developed effective family treatments for OCD and related disorders.
Lisa Calvocoressi, PhD
Lisa Calvocoressi, PhD, a research scientist and epidemiologist at the Yale Center for Analytical Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health began her career as a clinical social worker. On the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit at Yale University she worked with families of individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder and through that work quantified and measured family accommodation in OCD. She developed the first iteration of the Family Accommodation Scale in 1995 and was the first author of the seminal peer reviewed article on family accommodation in OCD, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry that year. She and her colleagues subsequently developed a self-rated version of the instrument, a patient version and a version for relatives of children and adolescents with OCD. Dr. Calvocoressi has also worked with clinicians and researchers worldwide to translate the instrument into multiple languages. She is currently overseeing a large psychometric study of the Family Accommodation Scale and she and her colleagues are developing a measure to examine relatives’ motivations for engaging in accommodating behaviors.
Martha Falkenstein, PhD
Martha Falkenstein, PhD, a Clinical Psychologist at McLean Hospital and Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, focuses on examining mediators and moderators of treatment response in OC-related disorders and anxiety disorders, particularly trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and OCD, with interests in treatment development and outcome, cross-cultural treatment adaptation and outcome, and family accommodation of OC symptoms. She has conducted research about accommodation of symptoms of trichotillomania, and is currently studying accommodation in adults with treatment-refractory OCD.
Jennie Kuckertz, Ph.D
Eli Lebowitz, PhD
Professor Lebowitz studies and treats childhood and adolescent anxiety and is associate director of the Anxiety & Mood Disorders Lab at the Yale Child Study Center. His research focuses on the development, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders, with special emphasis on cross-generational and familial influences in these disorders. Dr. Lebowitz is the lead investigator on multiple funded research projects, and is the author of numerous research papers and of books and chapters on childhood and adolescent anxiety. He is also the father of three great boys.
Anthony Pinto, PhD
Anthony Pinto, PhD, Director of the Northwell Health OCD Center, leads a specialized treatment program for OCD and related disorders, at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in Queens, NY, and is an associate professor of psychiatry at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. In addition to providing evidence-based care for those affected by obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and obsessive compulsive personality disorder, the Center is a training site for doctoral-level clinicians in exposure and response prevention treatment. Dr. Pinto’s extensive publication record in the area of OCD includes studies on the symptom subtypes and course of the disorder, novel treatment approaches, and the relationship between OCD and OCPD. Prior to his current position, Dr. Pinto was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and was involved in several NIMH-funded studies of OCD. Dr. Pinto received a 5-year National Institute of Mental Health Career Award to study OCPD, including its phenomenology and neurocognition, and develop treatments for the disorder. He also studies the responses of family members to OCD symptoms and specifically how they may accommodate or maintain the symptoms.
Barbara Van Noppen, PhD
Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW is the first clinical researcher to publish the term “accommodation” in reference to certain family responses to OCD. She is Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Van Noppen is Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Administrative Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at Los Angeles County + USC. As an internationally recognized specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy and family-based treatment, Dr. Van Noppen has treated OCD for over 33 years. She teaches and supervises in the residency training program, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, the Scientific Advisory Committee of The Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (CIOCD) and International Accreditation Task Force. Dr. Van Noppen is most well known for her contributions in OCD family treatment, particularly the development of a Multifamily Behavioral Treatment (MFBT), Family Accommodation Scale (FAS), group CBT for OCD and she has numerous publications and clinical research in these areas. In addition, Dr. Van Noppen is a faculty member for the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation, and is on the editorial board for peer reviewed journal articles on OCD. Currently, she is the President of OCD Southern California, an affiliate of the IOCDF.
Monica Wu, PhD
Monica Wu, Ph.D. is currently a Clinical Product Manager at Lyra Health. She previously served on faculty in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Her research and clinical interests lie in investigating factors that may predict and/or augment treatment response in anxiety disorders and OCD, as well as examining the role families play in the therapeutic process. Specifically, she has a keen interest in the phenomenon of family accommodation (FA); her FA-related work has been published in Clinical Psychology Review and Psychological Assessment, researching the assessment, phenomenology, and clinical correlates of FA. Future directions of interest involve technology-enhanced adjuncts to treatment to target FA, as well as better understanding factors that may impact the frequency and presentation of FA. Dr. Wu participated in adapting the Family Accommodation Scale Self-Rated (FAS-SR) for OCD patient use to create the Family Accommodation Patient Version (FAS-PV); she spearheaded the examination of the psychometric properties of the adapted instrument.