Douglas W. Woods, Ph.D.,
MAB Co-Chair,
Texas A&M University

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Douglas Woods, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Departmental Head at Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas. His research interests are in understanding, developing treatments for, and disseminating behavioral interventions for children and adults with Tourette Syndrome, Trichotillomania and other OCD-spectrum disorders. Major ongoing lab projects include testing an acceptance and commitment (ACT)-based treatment for trichotillomania and testing a computerized self-help intervention for children with Tourette Syndrome. Dr. Woods has published over 160 scientific articles and 9 books on behavioral treatments of Tourette syndrome and related disorders.

Michael S. Okun, M.D.,
MAB Co-Chair,
University of Florida,
National Parkinson Foundation

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Michael S. Okun, M.D. is the Adelaide Lackner Professor of Neurology and Administrative Director for the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration. The center is unique in that it is comprised of over 40 interdisciplinary faculty members from diverse areas of campus, all of whom are dedicated to care, outreach, education and research. Dr. Okun is the National Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation, the Medical Advisor to Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure, and the Co-Medical Director of the Tourette Syndrome Association. Dr. Okun has been supported by grants from the National Parkinson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Parkinson Alliance, and the MJ Fox Foundation. He has over 200 peer reviewed publications, and currently his laboratory has two NIH funded projects examining Tourette Syndrome physiology and deep brain stimulation. He is currently leading the Tourette Association’s DBS Registry project.

Barbara J. Coffey, M.D., M.S.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
New York

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Barbara J. Coffey, M.D., M.S., is an internationally recognized specialist in
 Tourette’s Disorder and related disorders. She is Chief of the Tics and Tourette’s Clinical and Research Program, the Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). Dr. Coffey also is Director of Residency Education in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for the Mount Sinai Health System.

Dr. Coffey received her B.A. in Biology-Psychology from University
 of Rochester, her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine, and M.S.
 in Epidemiology from Harvard University. She completed her 
residency in psychiatry at Boston University Hospital and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Tufts University School
 of Medicine.

Former Director of Pediatric Psychopharmacology at McLean Hospital and Tourette’s Clinics at McLean and Massachusetts General Hospitals between 1992-2001, Dr. Coffey remained on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School until 2007. She was Director of the Tics and Tourette’s Clinical and Research Program at NYU School of Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry between 2001-2012, where she retains an Adjunct faculty position.

Dr. Coffey is the author of more than one hundred manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, 
 chapters and abstracts. Past and new member of the Medical Advisory Board of the TAA, Dr. Coffey is a highly sought after speaker at worldwide conferences. The recipient of numerous research grants from NIH, foundations and industry, her research has focused on phenomenology, psychiatric comorbidity, neurobiology and novel treatment of Tourette’s Disorder. Dr. Coffey has been a regular recipient of Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors, and past Boston and recent New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” honors.

Keith A. Coffman, M.D.,
University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Medicine

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Keith Coffman, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His clinical specialties include tics and Tourette Syndrome; movement disorders; developmental delay; neurodegenerative disorders and neurogenetic disorders. Dr. Coffman attended medical school at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed his Pediatrics and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities residencies at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. This was followed by a research fellowship in Systems Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focus is on the neuroanatomy of the cerebellar vermis and its role in motor control and higher cognitive function.

Martin E. Franklin, Ph.D.,
University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine

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Dr. Martin Franklin is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trichotillomania, and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) in the Department of Psychiatry. He has devoted his career to the study of anxiety and body-focused repetitive behaviors (such as chronic tic disorders and trichotillomania, TTM) in children and adults. His clinical and research careers have centered on these disorders, with a particular emphasis on developing and disseminating effective treatments. Currently, Dr. Franklin is a principal investigator of several multicenter studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health including an examination Cognitive Behavioral Therapy augmentation in Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors partial responders as well as an examination of the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for very young children with OCD. In addition, Dr. Franklin recently piloted a study of habit reversal training (HRT) for tic disorders in adolescents and young adults funded by the Tourette Syndrome Association. Dr. Franklin is also actively engaged in the training of mental health professionals at the post-degree levels.

Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD
Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)

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Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). She completed a fellowship in Movement Disorders at the Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic (PDCMDC) at BCM. She is the Director of the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program with particular clinical and research interests in this area, but also specializes in the care of adult and pediatric patients with other movement disorders, including Tourette syndrome. Dr. Jimenez-Shahed is a member of the Parkinson Study Group, serving as co-chair of the Functional Neurosurgical Working Group. She is also an investigator with the Huntington Study Group, Clinical Research Consortium for Spinocerebellar Ataxias, Dystonia Coalition and TSA International Database of DBS Studies in Tourette Syndrome. Her research focuses on investigating the neurophysiologic correlates of movement disorders symptoms in patients undergoing DBS surgery.

Contact information:
Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Associate Director, Neurology Residency Program
Director, Deep Brain Stimulator Program
Baylor College of Medicine

Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic
7200 Cambridge, 9th Floor
MS: BCM 609
Houston, TX 77030
Ph: 713-798-7438
Fax: 713-798-6808

Monica M. P. Jones, M.D.,
Syracuse Pediatrics

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Dr. Monica Jones obtained her M.A. in Biology from the City University of New York, Queens College and completed her M.D. degree and pediatric residency at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Jones is a Board Certified Pediatrician who has practiced in Syracuse, NY for the past 14 years. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University and a Clinical Professor at Lemoyne College Physician’s Assistant Program. Dr. Jones is an active member of the Tourette Association and is a parent of a child with TS. Dr.

Rebecca K. Lehman, M.D.,
Medical University
of South Carolina

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Rebecca K. Lehman, MD is Assistant Professor of Neurosciences (Pediatric Neurology) and Director of the Pediatric Neurology Residency Program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and remained at the University of Rochester for her Pediatrics preliminary years, Child Neurology residency, and Movement Disorders fellowship. Clinically, she treats pediatric patients with a wide variety of movement disorders, including Tourette syndrome, dystonia, chorea, tremor, ataxia, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. She was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008 and was nominated for the American Medical Student Association’s and College of Medicine’s Golden Apple Award for excellence in medical education in 2011.

Irene Malaty, M.D.,
University of Florida,
National Parkinson Foundation

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Irene A. Malaty, M.D., is a fellowship-trained movement disorder neurologist sub-specializing in Tourette syndrome and Parkinson’s disease. She directs the multidisciplinary tic and Tourette syndrome clinic at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Additionally, she is the director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at UF. Dr. Malaty has specific interests in compulsivity as it applies to Tourette syndrome, and in the non-motor aspects of movement disorders. She has co-authored many peer reviewed articles and has lectured domestically and internationally on Parkinson’s disease, Tourette syndrome, botulinum toxin administration, dystonia, and other movement disorders. She additionally serves on the executive board of the Florida Society of Neurology, and is the movement disorder representative on the American Academy of Neurology, Neuroendocrinology Section. In 2012, Dr. Malaty received the “Clinical Teacher of the Year” award from the UF neurology residency and a UF College of Medicine Exemplary Teachers Award.

Erika Nurmi, MD, PhD
UCLA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Erika Nurmi, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the UCLA Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is the Medical Director of the Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program, Clinical and Research Faculty in the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program, and Teaching Clinic Supervisor and Research Faculty of the UCLA Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence. Dr. Nurmi directs a molecular and computational genetics laboratory, investigating genetic contributions to mental illness vulnerability, psychiatric endophenotypes, and response to treatment. She has co-authored many scientific publications and speaks internationally about clinical and research topics. She enjoys sharing her passion for science and medicine by teaching trainees at all levels and developing innovative educational programs. Dr. Nurmi’s aim is to integrate her roles as researcher, teacher and clinician, with the overarching goal of developing biologically based, individualized treatments for mental illness.

Jan Rowe, Dr. OT, OTR/L, FAOTA,
Children’s of Alabama

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Dr. Jan Rowe, former faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Occupational Therapy started the Pediatric Tourette syndrome/ tic disorder at UAB in January of 2010. Since her retirement from UAB (Dec. 2012) the clinic has moved to the Children’s Hospital System of Alabama. Dr. Rowe is the first occupational therapist to coordinate a CBIT clinic and has begun training other occupational therapists to work with children who have Tourrete syndrome or tic disorders. She and Dr. Dure (Children’s Hospital) are working on a Tourette Association grant with Cornell to manualize CBIT for occupational therapists. Through her clinic occupational therapists have been found to be effective at delivering CBIT and offer another route to therapy for families (Rowe, Yuen & Dure, 2013). Jan received her doctorate from NOVA Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. In 2004, her Master’s in Public Health from UAB (1990) and did her undergraduate work in Occupational Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas (1982).

Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D.,
Washington University
in St. Louis

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Dr. Schlaggar is a professor of Developmental Neurology, at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Schlaggar received his Honors Sc.B. magna cum laude in Neural Science from Brown University in 1986 and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in 1994. In 1999, he completed his pediatric neurology residency training at Washington University School of Medicine & St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he now serves as the Director of Pediatric Neurology Residency Training, the Director of the Pediatric Movement Disorders Program, and the Associate Director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology. Dr. Schlaggar’s current research efforts, funded primarily by the NIH, as well as the Tourette Syndrome Association, are directed at understanding the brain’s functional network architecture in both typically and atypically developing children.

Dr. Sabine Wilhelm
Harvard Medical School,

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Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder and has published over 200 articles and reviews on cognitive functioning, prevalence and treatment outcomes of these disorders. She has also given more than 190 invited lectures and presentations on these subjects. Dr. Wilhelm has published seven books on OCD, BDD and tic disorders.

She has been a mentor to more than 40 junior investigators in the field. Dr. Wilhelm is the Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, and she serves on the Scientific Council for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America as well as on the Tourette Association of America Behavioral Science Consortium. Dr. Wilhelm served as the Representative-at-Large for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) from 2012-2015. She is President-Elect for ABCT from 2017-2018.

Dr. Wilhelm was an Associate Editor for the journals Depression and Anxiety and Behavior Therapy. She currently serves on eight editorial boards. In 2002, she was awarded the Claflin Distinguished Scholar in Medicine Award. She was named a Beck Institute Scholar in 2003, and was also the Scientific Program Chair of the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies held in Boston in June 2010.

Dr. Wilhelm has been the principal investigator or site principal investigator of seven NIMH-funded research grants. She is also the principal investigator of several privately-funded clinical research studies investigating medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy and other treatments for OCD, BDD and tic disorders in children and adults.