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Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD

Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences)
Fellowship:Columbia University (2011) NY
Board Certification: Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2009)
Residency:Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (2008) NY
BS, Harvard University, Computer Science (1996)
Internship:Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (2005) NY
PhD, Harvard Medical School, Neuroscience (2004)
Harvard Medical School (2004) MA
MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Health Sciences and Technology (2004)
Medical Education:Harvard Medical School (2004) MA
Residency, Columbia University-NYSPI, Psychiatry (2008)
Board Certification, Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2009)
Phone: 
(650) 723-6158
Dr. Rodriguez utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to finding treatment for patients suffering from compulsive behaviors such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and hoarding disorder. Her numerous studies aim to gain understanding of these behaviors at multiple levels of analysis (from molecule to behavior).

On the OCD front, Dr. Rodriguez is focusing on the ability of ketamine, an NMDA receptor antagonist, to quickly and effectively quell obsessive thoughts. She is using a variety of imaging techniques to observe the effects of ketamine on neurotransmitter systems and brain activity in human patients, as well as investigating the benefits of combining ketamine administration with therapy. She is also investigating the use of intranasal drug delivery for fast-acting treatments.

Dr. Rodriguez research interests include understanding the underlying brain mechanisms involved in hoarding behaviors and how these differ from normal collecting behavior. In addition, in order to help individuals with hoarding disorder, Dr. Rodriguez is working with government agencies to test a novel treatment intervention consisting of skills-based group treatment targeting hoarding behaviors.

In addition to her research, Dr. Rodriguez also works to educate the public about compulsive behaviors and anxiety disorders by contributing to The Huffington Post on topics such as clutter, ketamine, and the science of fear.