About our Team

Hannah E. Reese, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bowdoin College with more than a decade of experience as a tic disorders clinician and researcher.  She has published numerous articles and chapters on the nature and treatment of the Obsessive-Compulsive spectrum disorders and tic disorders specifically.  Dr. Reese also served as the Massachusetts General Hospital site project director and therapist for the multi-center NIMH-funded trial, “Behavior Therapy for Adults with Tourette Syndrome (Principal Investigator: Wilhelm)” and the Principal Investigator for the recently published study, “Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for Tourette Syndrome and Chronic Tic Disorder: A Pilot Study.”  She is a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Tourette Association of America Center for Excellence team.  Dr. Reese is the principal investigator of this study and also one of the program instructors.

 

Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D., is the Chief of Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the OCD and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is an internationally known researcher in the areas of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and Tic Disorders. Dr. Wilhelm has published seven books on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and tic disorders. Dr. Wilhelm was the Principal Investigator of the multi-center NIMH-funded trial, “Behavior Therapy for Adults with Tourette Syndrome”  and is widely considered a leader in the psychological treatment of adults with tic disorders.  In addition, 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 Syndrome Association Behavioral Science Consortium.  Dr. Wilhelm is a co-investigator on this study.

 

Alan Brown is Director of Integrative Learning at Grace Church School in Manhattan, where he leads the student and parent mindfulness programs, and also serves on the faculty of Mindful Schools, where he is a Lead Teacher and Curriculum Designer for the Year-Long Mindfulness Certification Program.  Through his company, Learning to Thrive, Alan is a frequent presenter on mindfulness, well being, and positive education and provides personal coaching to students and families.  ​Alan also facilitates the Family Support Group for the New York City Chapter of the Tourette Association of America.  Alan has taught in both public and private settings as a humanities instructor, and has worked with many other schools and districts as a consultant for Mindful Schools and a trainer for GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), where he serves on the National Advisory Council.

Alan was also diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in 6th grade.  He is a co-investigator on this study and also one of the program instructors.

 

Berta Jane Summers, Ph.D., is a Clinical and Research Fellow in Psychology completing her post-doctoral fellowship in the OCD and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Berta graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in German, after which she spent two years gaining research experience at Duke University. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University, working with Dr. Jesse Cougle. Her clinical and research interests center around obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders such as  body dysmorphic disorder, and tic disorders.  Dr. Summers is the independent evaluator for this study.

Sarah Miller is a Research Assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2019 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a minor in Biological Anthropology. At Dartmouth, Sarah worked in Dr. David Bucci’s lab studying the neurobiology of learning and memory, with a specific focus on animal models of clinical populations. For her honors thesis, Sarah examined the effects of physical exercise on the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia. Sarah is ultimately interested in how learning and behavioral changes such as physical exercise and mindfulness-based treatments can drive symptom reduction and help people with psychiatric conditions. At MGH, Sarah studies the efficacy of mindfulness treatment for tic reduction and CBT-driven neural changes in OCD patients, among other things. After MGH, Sarah hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  Sarah is a research assistant for this study.

Annie Rose is a rising senior majoring in Psychology and Education at Bowdoin College.  As a fellow in the McKeen Center for the Common Good, Annie strives to connect opportunities for community engagement with her academic pursuits.  In the future she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology.  Annie is a research assistant for this study.