John Piacentini, Ph.D.
Dr. Piacentini is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine and Director of the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Clinic at the UCLA Semel Institute. In addition, he is Chief of Child Psychology for the Semel Institute Medical Psychology Program and Chair of the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. His research, teaching and clinical work, focus on the development, evaluation, and implementation of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and other effective treatments, including medication, for children with OCD, other anxiety disorders, tic disorders and trichotillomania.
James McCracken, M.D.
Dr. McCracken is the Joseph Campbell Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA NPI-Semel Institute in Los Angeles. His current areas of research include developing and testing innovative treatments for cognitive defects associated with child psychiatric illness, family-genetic studies of childhood disorders, and the testing of new pharmacologic treatments for a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders in children.
Erika Nurmi, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Nurmi is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is the Medical Director of the UCLA Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program, faculty in the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Clinic, and director of a molecular and computational genetics laboratory in the Semel Institute UCLA Semel Institute. Dr. Nurmi's research focuses on the genetic basis of obsessive-compulsive disorder and tic disorders, employing next generation molecular and computational approaches.
Emily Ricketts, Ph.D.
Dr. Ricketts is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her research interests center on sleep and circadian disturbance and intervention (i.e., behavior therapy, light therapy, novel and alternative therapies) in youth and adults with persistent tic disorders, body focused repetitive behavior disorders, and OCD.
Gil Hoftman, MD PhD
Dr. Hoftman is a Clinical Instructor at the UCLA Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division and faculty in the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Clinic. In particular, he is passionate about understanding complex brain disorders like schizophrenia by using integrative, complementary approaches. His goal is to become an independent investigator leading an innovative and prolific research program studying the molecular mechanisms underlying cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia, with an emphasis on understanding the cell and circuit specific developmental trajectories of these key molecular components.