Carol A. Mathews, MD - Contact Information

Carol Mathews March 2012

Title: Associate Professor in Residence


Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, MD

Postgraduate Training:

UCSF, Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Biological Psychiatry

Biography Summary:

Dr. Mathews’ research focuses on the phenomenology, epidemiology, and genetics of neuropsychiatric symptoms and disorders, particularly those with childhood onset, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety symptoms, Tourette Syndrome (TS), Hoarding Disorder (HD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her research is funded by NINDS, NIMH, NARSAD, the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, and the Tourette Syndrome Association. Dr. Mathews' research focuses on:

  • Genetic studies of OCD, TS, and ADHD in Costa Rica and the US.
  • Neurocognitive studies of HD and OCD, using neuropsychological, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging approaches.
  • Studies of potential environmental factors that predispose or worsen neuropsychiatric symptoms (including prenatal risk factors such as prenatal maternal nicotine use).
  • Epidemiological studies of neuropsychiatric symptoms in non-clinical populations and relatives of individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders.
  • Studies of possible endophenotypes for these related disorders.

She is also interested in the comorbidity and common etiological factors underlying anxiety disorders.

Clinical Expertise:

obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette Syndrome, tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, Hoarding Disorder

Educational Expertise:

anxiety disorders, clinical research methods in psychiatry, OCD

Research Areas:

psychiatric genetics, epidemiology and etiology of OCD, TS, HD, and related neuropsychiatric disorders, phenotype-genotype correlations, endophenotypes, and phenomenology

Campus Location: Parnassus

Publications on PubMed »

Anxiety Disorders Clinic
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Clinic
PGENES Lab Homepage
Psychiatry Residency Research Track
UCSF Profile


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