The OCD office is located in the Clinical Research Center, Room 6-5340
Maryland Pao, M.D.
Dr. Pao is the Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pao is also the Deputy Scientific Director, NIMH. She previously directed the Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Service and Emergency Psychiatric Services at Children’s National Medical Center. She completed Pediatric and Psychiatric Residency training as well as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. Her core research interests are in the complex interactions between somatic and psychiatric illnesses, including pediatric oncology, pediatric HIV and other primary immunodeficiencies. Dr. Pao studies distress, suicide and correlates in medically ill children. She has published more than 120 research articles and chapters, and co-edited Pediatric Psycho-Oncology: A Quick Reference on the Psychosocial Dimensions of Cancer Symptom Management (2015, Oxford), and helped develop Voicing My CHOICES™, a new advance care planning guide for adolescents and young adults. Dr. Pao is the recipient of the 2012 AACAP Simon Wile Award for Leadership in Consultation. She is on the Clinical Faculty at Georgetown University, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine.
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Joyce Y. Chung, M.D.
Deputy Clinical Director
Dr. Chung is the Deputy Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Chung is also the Program Director of the NIMH Clinical Fellowship and one-year accredited PGY4 Psychiatry Research Residency Program. She serves as an Attending Physician on the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service at the NIH Clinical Research Center. Her educational background includes undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University in Chicago. She completed her psychiatry residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and a research fellowship in medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School.
Prior to coming to NIMH in 2010, Dr. Chung was in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School, served as chief of the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC, was medical director of the Mental Health Care Unit at Georgetown University Hospital and Director of Psychiatric Research Training. From 2007-2008, she worked for the Director of NIMH to manage the responsibilities of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee for the Department of Health and Human Services. As Autism Coordinator, she facilitated the development of the first national strategic plan for autism spectrum disorder research.
Her own research has spanned interventions to overcome sociocultural barriers to mental health care among minority and underserved populations, ethnographic/mixed research methods, clinical trials for depression and posttraumatic stress disorders, assessment of mental disorders in adolescents and young adults, and psychiatric phenotyping of patients with rare genetic disorders and healthy research volunteers in clinical studies.
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Jeanne Radcliffe, R.N., M.P.H.
Associate Deputy Director
Ms. Radcliffe is the Associate Deputy Director in the OCD. She assists the OCD in administrative matters and coordinates program activities for the OCD. She is involved in program policy, compliance, and protocol navigation. She serves as the IRP Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) coordinator.
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Haniya Raza, DO, MPH
Chief of Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service/Medical Officer
Dr. Raza is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist serving as medical officer in the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service in the Office of the Clinical Director in the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Raza serves as Associate Director of the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service in the Hatfield Clinical Research Center. Dr. Raza previously was the Medical Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Health System from 2010 to 2018 and focused her clinical work on treatment of comorbid psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities and complex medical conditions. She was also involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows.
Dr. Raza completed three years of general psychiatry residency training at Georgetown University. She subsequently did her 4th year of psychiatry residency, focusing on psychosomatic medicine, in the OCD at NIMH. She next pursued Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship training in a joint program with Georgetown University and NIMH. Dr. Raza did a second fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Children’s National. She is board certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.
Her research interests are in topics related to psychiatric disorders presenting in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and complex medical illness. She is the recipient of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doctor Award in 2016 and 2017, as well as the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows Distinguished Teacher Award in 2015. Dr. Raza is on the executive council of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Society of Greater Washington, serving as Secretary since 2016.
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Deborah J. Snyder, MSW, LCSW-C
Assistant to the Clinical Director
Ms. Snyder received her Bachelor of Arts Degree cum laude, from Duke University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work, Phi Kappa Phi, from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning. She received additional post-graduate training at the Family Therapy Practice Center under the tutelage of Marianne Walters in Washington, DC. Ms. Snyder began her career at the George Washington University Medical Center’s newly opened Cancer Center in 1990 where she was charged with creating and implementing an outpatient psycho-oncology program. In 1992, she joined the NIH Clinical Center’s Social Work Department where she worked for over a decade as a clinician and educator. Ms. Snyder currently holds the position of Special Assistant to the NIMH Clinical Director where she participates as faculty on the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service evaluating and treating patients with co-morbid medical and psychiatric diagnoses. She conducts educational outreach initiatives at the interface of mental health and medical illness; works on NIMH Clinical Fellowship, Residency, Medical school, and other training initiatives; acts as NIMH OCD liaison on patient safety and quality initiatives; and conduct research including in risk of suicide screening and implementation. She has received several awards including most recently the NIMH Directors Award (April 2017) for Significant Achievement for developing the Distressed Trainee Toolkit and the NIH 2017 CC Director’s Award for suicide risk screening implementation.
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Lisa M. Horowitz, PhD, MPH
Staff Scientist / Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Horowitz is a Staff Scientist / Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. She serves as a senior attending with a specialty in pediatric psychology on the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service in the Hatfield Clinical Research Center at NIH. Dr. Horowitz received her B.A. from Tufts University. After obtaining her doctorate in clinical psychology from the George Washington University, Dr. Horowitz completed a Pediatric Clinical Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as a Health Service Research Fellowship in the Clinical Effectiveness Program at Harvard Medical School, and obtained a Master’s in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. The major focus of Dr. Horowitz’s research has been in the area of suicide prevention with an emphasis on detection of suicide risk in the medical setting. Dr. Horowitz has served as a Topic Expert on suicide screening for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. She was lead PI on the development of two suicide risk screening instruments for the pediatric emergency department (ED): the Risk of Suicide Questionnaire (RSQ) and the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ), a tool created to screen pediatric medical/surgical patients for suicide risk. She is currently lead PI on 6 NIMH studies focused on validating and implementing the ASQ in emergency departments, medical/surgical inpatient units and outpatient primary care and specialty clinics. Dr. Horowitz is collaborating with hospitals and outpatient pediatric clinics around the country, assisting with implementation of suicide risk screening for pediatric and adult patients. More information on the ASQ can be found at www.nimh.nih.gov/ASQ.
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Joseph Snow, Ph.D.
Director, Neuropsychology Consult Service
Dr. Snow is Director of the Neuropsychology Consult Service and a Clinical Staff Scientist in the NIMH Office of the Clinical Director. He is a licensed psychologist and an American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) board-certified clinical neuropsychologist who provides and oversees neuropsychological evaluations at the NIH Clinical Center for clinical care as well as for protocol-driven research.
He is an investigator on a broad range of research protocols, including both studies of common disorders, such as HIV, various dementias, and cancers to rare genetic disorders, such as Neonatal onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID), Moebius syndrome, and methylmalonic acidemia, as well as infectious diseases, such as Ebola virus disorder. He oversees the clinical and research responsibilities of psychologists, research assistants, psychometrists, and graduate students.
Dr. Snow earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), including a predoctoral internship at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in East Orange, NJ. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry. He was recruited in 2001 to the NIMH’s Mood and Anxiety Program and the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition. In 2008, he established NIMH’s Neuropsychology Consult Service.
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Audrey Thurm, Ph.D.
Director, Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Phenotyping Service
Audrey Thurm, Ph.D. is a staff scientist in OCD. She is a licensed child clinical psychologist who specializes in autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She received training at DePaul University and Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and conducted a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has been at NIMH since 2002, serving in the extramural program until 2006, as chief of both the Autism and Social Behavior Program, and the Compulsive Repetitive Behaviors Program. In 2006 she moved to the intramural program to help launch the autism research program. She has expertise in longitudinal studies and an interest in markers of the early diagnosis of autism.
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Ashura Buckley, MD
Director, Sleep and Neurodevelopment Service
Dr. Buckley is a pediatric neurologist and sleep medicine research physician at the intramural National Institute of Mental Health. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, her M.D. from SUNY, Stony Brook and completed her training in child neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then completed a fellowship in Clinical Trials at the National Institute of Mental Health and a Clinical Fellowship in Sleep Medicine at New York Sleep Institute at NYU. She is particularly interested in the role of sleep, both normal and abnormal, in shaping the developing brain, with a focus on abnormal sleep neurophysiology in severe forms of autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, depression and other serious neurodevelopmental disorders. The goal of her research is to work collaboratively to elucidate underlying aberrant, sleep-mediated neurotransmission early in the course of neurodevelopment that might offer potential therapeutic targets.
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Adriana J. Pavletic, MD, PhD
Associate Research Physician
Dr. Adriana Pavletic is a board-certified family physician who has provided clinical support for PhD-led NIMH IRP protocols since 2002. Dr. Pavletic obtained her MD, MS in Immunology, and Board Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Zagreb, Croatia and her PhD at the University of Split, Croatia.
After coming to the USA in 1990, she did a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at the Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA, and was a research associate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington where she conducted NIH-funded clinical research on pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Prior to coming to NIH, Dr. Pavletic spent 10 years in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, first as a family medicine resident and later as a faculty, where she has received several awards for academic excellence and clinical research.
She is an expert in medical screening of research volunteers who serve as healthy controls in research on mental illness. Her recent publications document the previously unrecognized importance of medical screening for both scientific validity and safety of research partcipants. In addition to benefits, she also explored potential harms of screening and strategies to minimize them. Other interests include interplay of physical and mental illness and physical manifestations of stress and emotional trauma. Her clinical observations have have been published in leading medical journals including NEJM.
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Stephen Sinclair, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with the NIMH Office of the Clinical Director. He supports NIMH and NINDS studies by providing psychological screening of adult and child participants using structured diagnostic interviews and related assessment procedures. He is credentialed by the NIH Clinical Center. Dr. Sinclair received his PhD from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He has been with the NIH Intramural Research Program since 2007.
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Yolanda Jefferson, BS
Operations Coordinator, Program Coordinator
Ms. Jefferson is the Operations Coordinator for the OCD. Her responsibilities include personnel, travel, procurement, credentialing and assistance with the clinical Post-bac Intramural Research Trainee program.
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Charlene Edwards, MHSA
Clinical Operations Manager
Ms. Edwards is the Clinical Operations Manager for the OCD. Her responsibilities include personnel, travel, procurement, budget, and other administrative functions.
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