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Childhood Psychology

Services are currently available through the following programs

Neuromodulation+ Exposure Therapy (NExT) for Youth with OCD


& Outpatient Treatment

The Intensive Program for OCD & Anxiety Related Disorders

PARC researchers are conducting the first ever treatment trial of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for youth with OCD. TMS is a well-tolerated, noninvasive procedure that uses a hand-sized magnet to change brain activity. The goal of this study is to learn whether we can improve Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), the first-line treatment for OCD, by pairing it with TMS.

We are accepting referrals for outpatient treatment including general outpatient services with a licensed psychologist and the IMPACT program for youth between the ages of 5 and 18 who may be experiencing symptoms of OCD or anxiety. The IMPACT program uses a team-based model which includes weekly home or community visits with an exposure coach and monthly visits with a licensed psychologist at Bradley Hospital. The IMPACT program is currently only in network for BCBSRI members.

The Intensive Program provides daily, intensive treatment for children who experience significant impairment in daily functioning due to symptoms of OCD or anxiety. The Intensive Program can be an effective care option for youth who have not responded to traditional once-a-week outpatient treatment.


The INSPIRE Study is currently enrolling children between the ages of 5 and 12 who may be experiencing symptoms of OCD to receive weekly outpatient treatment at Bradley Hospital. The goal of this study is to examine ways to train parents to support their children with OCD.


Therapist Training Opportunity

PARC has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island to offer intensive training and ongoing consultation to therapists treating anxious youth and their families.

WHO we are

The Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) has provided assessment and treatment for children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders through research studies and an outpatient anxiety clinic since 1999. PARC includes leading mental health professionals, researchers in the pursuit of life-changing research, and educators with a passion for patient-centered care. Each of PARC's offered services is designed to bring about vital improvements in the lives of children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or other forms of anxiety. 

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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and selective mutism.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurrent, intrusive thoughts called "obsessions" and ritualized or repetitive behaviors called "compulsions."

Disorders we treat

Child Psycholgist

treatment we provide

At PARC, we provide exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy. Exposure is a type of therapy where therapists help people gradually face fears in a safe environment to break the cycle of avoidance and worry. Exposure is not dangerous or new. In fact, it is a well-established treatment shown to be effective in hundreds of research studies across kids, teens, and adults. Exposure is believed to help people by reducing their anxious reaction to situations with repeated practice, build confidence around managing anxiety, and create new learning experiences. Exposure is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and is a recommended first-line treatment for anxiety according to numerous professional groups

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