Anthony Pinto, PhD
Adjunct Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry
Anthony Pinto, Ph.D. is on the adjunct faculty at Columbia University Medical Center and collaborates with researchers at Columbia University/The New York State Psychiatric Institute. His full-time position is Director of the OCD Center, a specialized treatment program for OCD and related disorders, at the Zucker Hillside Hospital/Northwell Health system in Queens, NY, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. In addition to providing evidence-based care for those affected by obsessive compulsive disorder, the Center is a training site for doctoral-level clinicians in exposure and response prevention treatment. Dr. Pinto received a National Institute of Mental Health Career Award to study obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), including its phenomenology and neurocognition, and develop treatments for the disorder. Dr. Pinto’s extensive publication record in the area of OCD includes studies on the symptom subtypes and course of the disorder, novel treatment approaches, and the relationship between OCD and OCPD.
Dr. Pinto was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University/The New York State Psychiatric Institute for seven years and was involved in several NIMH-funded studies of OCD which examined the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in combination with medication, the use of motivational enhancement therapy to improve treatment outcome, and brain regions associated with OCD and treatment outcome. Prior to Columbia, he was on the research faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School for five years. He served as Research Psychologist in the OCD Program at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island where he was a co-investigator on NIMH studies of OCD, including a 10-year longitudinal study of the disorder, a multi-site genetics study, as well as an innovative treatment study for refractory cases applying deep brain stimulation. In the area of personality disorders, he contributed to the 10-year collaborative longitudinal study of personality disorders (CLPS). Dr. Pinto taught undergraduate statistics as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Hofstra University and psychopathology to advanced undergraduates and graduate students as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Connecticut College.
Dr. Pinto's areas of research interest include the phenomenology, neurocognition, and treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, as well as the course and treatment response of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its symptom subtypes. He also studies the responses of family members to OCD symptoms and specifically how they may accommodate or maintain the symptoms.