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Wilhelm, Sabine, PhD

Chief of Psychology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry)
Harvard Medical School


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

Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and tic disorders, and has published 212 articles and reviews on cognitive functioning, prevalence and treatment outcomes of these disorders. She has also given 200 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 Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and serves on the Scientific Council of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. She is on the board of directors for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She is also a member of the Tourette Syndrome Association Behavioral Science Consortium.

Dr. Wilhelm is currently President-Elect for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). 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.