Steven Tsao Veritas Co-Founder, Center for Anxiety & Behavior Therapy
PhD

Steven Tsao

Co-Founder, Center for Anxiety & Behavior Therapy

Bio Dr. Steven Tsao received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He was formerly a Staff Psychologist at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital and the Clinic Director at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. He has given numerous local and national presentations on OCD, eating disorders, and complex comorbidity and has been featured on several popular media outlets including ABC’s 20/20. Dr. Tsao is the co-founder of the Center for Anxiety & Behavior Therapy, a specialty clinic in suburban Philadelphia focused on evidence-based care and treatment dissemination. He has been invited to give talks, workshops, and in-service trainings on managing OCD in eating disorder populations across various levels of care.

Keynote Presentation Obsessed and Hungry: Recognizing and Managing OCD in Eating Disorder Treatment

About the Presentation It’s estimated that one in five people with an eating disorder also meets the criteria for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). While such a significant minority exists, the presence of OCD can go undetected due to the similarities between the cognitive, behavioral, and affective symptoms of these two disorders. However, it is also frequently the case that even experienced clinicians misdiagnose OCD when an eating disorder seems to mimic classic presentations of OCD. Given these potential pitfalls, accurate diagnosis is an important first step in providing the correct intervention. As such, the talk will begin with a review of the core diagnostic features and typical clinical presentations of OCD. Next, clinical strategies to accurately teasing apart these two disorders will be illustrated to help avoid under- and over-diagnosis. Lastly, pragmatic interventions to help clients with comorbid OCD and eating disorders will be offered.