Stephan Siwiec joined the cognitive bias modification (CBM) research team in 2016 as a research associate at the Brown Deer location. His role is to meet and interview potential study participants to determine if they meet the criteria to take part in the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) study.
Originally from Canada, Siwiec graduated from Boston University with both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Psychology before moving to the Midwest to complete a master’s of science degree in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he’s currently a PhD candidate.
Siwiec, throughout his academic studies, has had a strong interest in OCD treatment: his master’s thesis was written on computerized Cognitive Bias Modification training for those suffering with OCD, and he completed a clinical placement at Rogers’ OCD Treatment Center on the Oconomowoc campus last year. Being part of a comprehensive study that continues to examine the benefits of technology in OCD treatment is a natural extension of his background and interest.
“I have found it very rewarding to work with a fantastic group of people who are very interested in the progression of OCD treatment and research,” agreed Siwiec. “CBM has shown promise as a treatment for various disorders, and it is great opportunity to be involved in determining the efficacy of this treatment for clinical levels of OCD.”