Tics and Tourette’s Clinical and Research Program

Mount Sinai’s Tics and Tourette’s Clinical and Research Program is dedicated to enhancing the understanding, evaluation, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with tics and Tourette’s Disorder and related problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and PANS/PANDAS. Housed within Mount Sinai’s Behavioral Science Unit, our Program provides patients with comprehensive evaluations and state-of-the-art treatments, as well as opportunities to benefit from novel therapies through participation in research studies. Our highly skilled faculty and staff blend clinical experience with scientific advances to achieve the most successful possible outcomes for each patient and their family.

About the Tics and Tourette’s Clinical and Research Program

Any family struggling with a loved one who has tics, Tourette’s Disorder or a related condition understands the challenges in finding the right care. That’s why Mount Sinai has assembled a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and neuropsychologists under one roof to combine a wealth of clinical experience and the newest research into a uniquely comprehensive program for the successful treatment of these difficult disorders. Under the leadership of Barbara Coffey, MD, MS, our specialists provide the evidence-based treatments, support, and tools each patient needs to manage symptoms and reach his or her greatest potential.

Providing Comprehensive Tics and Tourette’s Treatments

Our multidisciplinary team draws on the expertise of each member to provide a seamless integration of care for patients at every stage of illness—from those showing the first signs of a problem to those suffering from a treatment-resistant disorder that has failed to respond to therapy elsewhere. These combined specialties enable us to offer a range of state-of-the-art evaluations and treatments, including neuropsychological testing, pharmacotherapy, and psychosocial interventions (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Habit Reversal Therapy). We then work to tailor these treatments into a customized care plan personalized for the needs of each patient.

We are also pleased to offer consultations for other physicians and clinicians, and to work with our pediatric patients’ school officials, when necessary, to provide the most comprehensive services possible.

Advancing Care with Research

Our Program’s patients have the benefit of access to emerging treatments in the form of clinical trial enrollments. Our research activities focus on several areas, including neurobiology, clinical symptoms, the relationship between tics and associated or co-occurring disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and novel treatments not yet available to the public.

By weaving these research advances into our clinical care, the Tics and Tourette’s Clinical and Research Program strives to help patients successfully manage their symptoms so they may succeed in school or in the workplace, build stronger social connections, and enjoy improved function in every area of life.