Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

BCM’s Lee and Joe Jamail Specialty Care Center is the primary node site for research and clinical activities. The BCM team is extremely experienced in successfully implementing projects serving persons with mental illness, including multiple federal- and state-funded projects serving individuals with anxiety, depression, serious mental illness, and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Eric Storch serving as Node Lead and Dr. Caitlin Pinciotti as Node Co-Lead, have a successful track record of working with and conducting research with children with mental illness in coordination with local community partners. Baylor College of Medicine has a long track record of research, including over hundreds of publications and numerous NIH and other federal grants.

Currently, BCM has a robust grant portfolio examining genetics of obsessive-compulsive disorder, deep and innovative phenotyping approaches, neuroethics in pediatric psychiatry, and behavioral treatment of anxiety/OCD among youth with autism spectrum disorder.

Erich Storch, PhD
Erich Storch, PhD
Node Lead

Eric Storch, Ph.D. is Professor and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).

He serves as Vice Chair and Head of Psychology, and oversees the CBT for OCD program at BCM. Dr. Storch specializes in the nature and treatment of childhood and adult obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and anxiety among youth with autism.

He has received multiple grants to investigate treatment efficacy, mechanisms of action and how to enhance outcomes for those struggling with these conditions.

Caitlin Pinciotti, PhD
Caitlin Pinciotti, PhD
Node Co-Lead

Caitlin Pinciotti, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology within the Trauma Psychology Focus Track at Northern Illinois University, and completed her pre-doctoral residency and post-doctoral fellowship within the OCD and Anxiety track at Rogers Behavioral Health in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Dr. Pinciotti has an expertise in the assessment, conceptualization, and treatment of OCD, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD, publishing over 35 peer-reviewed empirical articles and providing dozens of consultations, trainings, and presentations on these topics in academic, behavioral health and conference settings. She is a co-founder of the International OCD Foundation Trauma and PTSD in OCD Special Interest Group (SIG), also serving as the SIG’s Chair for the Science and Research Committee.

Dr. Pinciotti is also the Principal Investigator on an ARPA-funded grant which has trained more than 50 pediatric primary care physicians across the state of Texas in SAFETY-A, an evidence-based intervention for suicidal thoughts and actions in children and adolescents. In this role, Dr. Pinciotti leads a large team of researchers and practitioners spanning seven universities to determine the feasibility and acceptability of an evidence-based intervention for suicide risk assessment and safety planning that has been adapted for use in primary care settings.

Node Team
Ace Castillo
Blake Upshaw
David Riddle
Erica Buckland
Jasmine Arriaga
Josselyn Munoz
Juliana Avery
Keaton Soileau
Ogechi Onyeka
Samuel Spencer