Pediatric OCD in the era of RDoC

Sarah L. Garnaat, Christine A. Conelea, Nicole C.R. McLaughlin, Kristen Benito

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The NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative was established with the goal of developing an alternative research classification to further research efforts in mental health. While RDoC acknowledges that constructs should be considered within a developmental framework, developmental considerations have not yet been well integrated within the existing RDoC matrix. In this paper, we consider RDoC in relation to pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a paradigmatic example of a neuropsychiatric disorder that often has onset in childhood but is also present across the lifespan. We discuss three RDoC subdomains with relevance to OCD as exemplars, providing for each construct a brief review of normative developmental changes, the state of construct-relevant research in pediatric OCD, and challenges and limitations related to developmental considerations within each subdomain. Finally, we conclude with a brief discussion of how RDoC may continue to evolve with regard to developmental considerations in order to further research in pediatric OCD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100385
JournalJournal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
StatePublished - Oct 2019

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  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Research Domain Criteria (RDoC)


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