Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Hoarding Disorder Research Program,
Columbia University Department of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute
After graduating from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Dr. Rodriguez entered the M.D., Ph.D. program at Harvard Medical School. For her Ph.D., she developed novel genetic techniques to track neuronal migration in the laboratory of Dr. Susan Dymecki. After completing the M.D., Ph.D. program, she entered and completed the internship and residency in psychiatry at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. During her residency, she was honored with the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award and elected chief resident by her peers and faculty. She was also selected as a Laughlin Fellow from The American College of Psychiatrists, Career Development Institute for Psychiatry Fellow, and was awarded the prestigious Barbara Anne Liskin Prize from Columbia University Medical Center for her leadership in clinical, research, teaching, and community service.
During her research fellowship at Columbia and New York State Psychiatric Institute, under the mentorship of Dr. Helen Blair Simpson, she was awarded pilot funding from NARSAD, Pisetsky Young Investigator Award, Molberger Scholar Award, and New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar Program to fund her research for new treatments for OCD and Hoarding Disorder.
Now an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Dr. Rodriguez was awarded a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, “Novel Interventions for Adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” from the National Institutes of Health and a Gray Matters Fellowship from Columbia University Department of Psychiatry to explore novel OCD treatments.
Undergraduate: Harvard University, B.S., 1992-1996
Graduate: Harvard Medical School, Ph.D., 1996-2004
Medical School: Harvard Medical School, M.D., 1996-2004
Internship: Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, 2004-2005
Residency: Columbia-New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2005-2008
Fellowship: Columbia-New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2008-2011
Board Certifications: Psychiatry
• Hoarding Disorder
NYS Psychiatric Institute
Room 3729 Unit/Box:69
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
Dr. Rodriguez’s research focus is developing novel treatment strategies for patients suffering from OCD and Hoarding Disorder. By integrating the newest neuroscience discoveries with clinical research and using that knowledge to identify and test new drugs directed at specific neurobiological pathways, she hopes to develop more effective and rapid-acting treatments.
1. Rodriguez CI, Simpson HB, Liu S, Levinson A, Blanco C : Prevalence and Correlates of Difficulty Discarding: Results from a National Sample of the U.S. Population. . Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2013;201(9): 795-801
2. Rodriguez CI, Bender J, Morrison S, Mehendru R, Tolin D, Simpson HB: Does Extended Release Methylphenidate Help Adults with Hoarding Disorder?. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 2013;33(3): 444-7
3. Rodriguez CI, Kegles LS, Levinson A, Feng T, Marcus S, Flood P, Simpson HB : Randomized Controlled Crossover Trial of Ketamine in OCD: Proof of Concept. . Neuropsychopharmacology 2013;38 (12): 2475-83
4. Rodriguez CI, Corcoran C, Simpson HB: Diagnosis and treatment of a patient with both psychotic and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. American Journal of Psychiatry 2010;167: 754-61
5. Rodriguez CI, Cabaniss DL, Arbuckle MR, Oquendo MA: Parallel Process resulting from cultural similarities between patient and therapist. American Journal of Psychiatry 2008;165: 1402-1406