Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Chief of Psychology
Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Center for Digital Mental Health
Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Center for OCD and Related Disorders
Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Donovan-Chien Family Professor in the Field of Psychology at HMS
Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Donovan-Chien Family Professor in the Field of Psychology at HMS
Harvard Medical School
PhD University of Marburg 1995
behavior therapy; body dysmorphic disorders; body image; cognitive therapy; digital health; obsessive-compulsive disorder; somatoform disorders; technology; technology assessment biomedical; tic disorders; tourette syndrome; trichotillomania

Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D., is a Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Donovan-Chien Family Professor in the Field of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Director of the Center for Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders (CORD) at MGH, and Director of the Center for Digital Mental Health in Psychiatry at MGH.

Dr. Wilhelm is recognized as a leading researcher in obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRD). Her recent research focuses on using cutting-edge technology to improve and personalize mental health care for a range of mental health concerns. She is currently working on the development and testing of smartphone-based treatments for OCD, depression, and body dysmorphic disorder. Her ultimate goal is to use technology-based interventions to enhance global access to high-quality mental health interventions.  

Dr. Wilhelm has published 342 papers and chapters, as well as nine books. She has also given around 300 talks on these subjects, locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Wilhelm has mentored more than 50 junior investigators in the field. She has been the principal investigator of numerous NIMH-and foundation funded clinical research grants investigating medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy, digital services, and other treatments for a range of psychiatric disorders in children and adults.

Dr. Wilhelm is the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation. She serves on the Scientific Council for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the Tourette Syndrome Association Behavioral Science Consortium.  She is the past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and was an Associate Editor for the journals Depression and Anxiety and Behavior Therapy.  Dr. Wilhelm currently serves on seven editorial boards. She was the Scientific Program Chair of the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies held in Boston in June 2010. Additionally, Dr. Wilhelm is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.  Dr. Wilhelm received many awards for her work, including the distinguished Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  She was also awarded the Peter K. Ranney Innovation Award from the World Medical Innovation Forum and she is the recipient of the 2023 NAMI Scientific Research Award.