Anthony Pinto, PhD

Associate Investigator, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Director, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Center, Zucker Hillside Hospital, Northwell Health

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Zucker Hillside Hospital

Phone: (718) 470-8386

About the Investigator

Anthony Pinto, PhD is Director of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (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.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Pinto was a 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.

Research Focus

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. 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.

OCPD is one of the most common personality disorders in the general population and is an ideal model system of overcontrol since excessive control of thoughts and actions is at the core of this pathology. Overcontrol has been linked to a range of negative outcomes, including social isolation, poor interpersonal functioning, perfectionism, rigidity, risk aversion, restrained emotional expression, and the development of severe and difficult-to-treat mental health problems, such as anorexia nervosa and chronic depression. Dr. Pinto plans to continue this research by identifying neural correlates of overcontrol and developing novel treatments for individuals impaired by over control.

Dr. Pinto is currently investigating the feasibility and acceptability of exposure and response prevention therapy delivered online for college/graduate school students affected by OCD as a means of broadening the availability of this evidence-based treatment. He is also leading Northwell Health’s participation in a multi-site study of transdiagnostic dimensions in psychiatry.

Lab Members

Cynthia Cervoni
Assistant Research Coordinator


Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown Medical School
Degree: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Field of Study: Clinical Psychology

Hofstra University
Degree: PhD
Field of Study: Clinical and School Psychology

Hofstra University
Degree: MA
Field of Study: Clinical and School Psychology

Hofstra University
Degree: BA
Field of Study: Psychology and American Studies

Honors and Awards

2008-2013 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23), NIMH
2002 Nominee, H. Alan Robinson Dissertation Award, Hofstra University
2001 Lorne H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award, Northeastern Educational Research Association
1997 Julia Vane Memorial Endowed Distinguished Academic Scholarship in Graduate Psychology
1993-1997 Phi Beta Kappa Merit Scholarship, Hofstra University

    1. Pinto, A., Van Noppen, B., & Calvocoressi, L. (2013). “Development and preliminary psychometric evaluation of a self-rated version of the Family Accommodation Scale for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.” Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2, 457-465.
    2. Eisen, J. L., Sibrava, N. J., Boisseau, C. L., Mancebo, M. C., Stout, R. L., Pinto, A., & Rasmussen, S. A. (2013). “Five-year course of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Predictors of remission and relapse.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 74, 233-239.
    3. Pinto, A., Steinglass, J. E., Greene, A. L., Weber, E. U., & Simpson, H. B. (2014). “Capacity to delay reward differentiates obsessive compulsive disorder and obsessive compulsive personality disorder.” Biological Psychiatry, 75, 653-659.
    4. Pinto, A., Greene, A. L., Storch, E., & Simpson, H. B. (2015). “Prevalence of childhood obsessive-compulsive personality traits in adults with obsessive compulsive disorder versus obsessivve compulsive personality disorder.” Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 4, 25-29.
    5. Cain, N. M., Ansell, E. B., Simpson, H. B., & Pinto, A. (2015). “Interpersonal functioning in obsessive compulsive personality disorder.” Journal of Personality Assessment, 97, 90-99.
    6. Wu, M. S., Pinto, A., Horng, B., Phares, V., McGuire, J. F., Dedrick, R. F., Van Noppen, B., Calvocoressi, L., & Storch, E.A. (2016).  “Psychometric Properties of the Family Accommodation Scale for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Patient Version.”  Psychological Assessment, 28, 251-262.
    7. Park, J. M.,Storch, E. A., Pinto, A. & Lewin, A. B. (2016). “Obsessive compulsive personality traits in youth with obsessive compulsive disorder.” Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 47, 281-290.
    8. Riddle, M. A., Maher, B. S., Wang, Y., Grados, M., Bienvenu, O. J., Goes, F. S., Cullen, B., Murphy, D. L., Rauch, S. L., Greenberg, B. D., Knowles, J. A., McCracken, J. T., Pinto, A., Piacentini, J., Pauls, D. L., Rasmussen, S. A., Shugart, Y. Y., Nestadt, G., & Samuels, J. (2016) “Obsessive compulsive personality disorder: Evidence for two dimensions.” Depression and Anxiety, 33, 128-135.
    9. Pinto, A. (2016). “Treatment of obsessive compulsive personality disorder.” In E. A. Storch & A. B. Lewin (Eds.), Clinical Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: A Case-Based Approach to Treating Pediatric and Adult Populations. New York: Springer.
    10. Pinto, A., Ansell, E., Wheaton, M. G., Krueger, R. F., Morey, L., Skodol, A. E., Clark, L. A. (in press). “The construct validity of obsessive compulsive personality disorder and its component personality traits.” In J. Livesley & R. Larstone (Eds), Handbook of personality disorders, second edition. New York: Guilford Publications.

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