Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry

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The Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and the University of South Florida features programs to help children with a wide range of psychiatric, behavioral and neurocognitive conditions. The Rothman Center is a Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence.

The Rothman Center has been the Southeast’s Foremost Center for personalized evidence-based treatments of OCD/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette Syndrome/tics, Anxiety, and related disorders. Highly-trained psychologists and physicians at the Rothman Center offer multidisciplinary care for children and adults with anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), autism spectrum disorders, Tourette, tic disorders, PANDAS, misophonia, trichotillomania, and body dysmorphic disorder.

The clinicians at our center are world experts on these conditions and combined have a multitude of health articles published, with the goal to continue developing and educating other partners who treat OCD and Tourette Disorders. 

Our team of experts works closely with each patient and their family to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to their needs. And as part of this region’s leading academic medical center, we conduct clinical research designed to better understand and treat Tourette and tic disorders, autism, anxiety, OCD, and PANDAS - giving our patients the opportunity to participate in the latest innovative therapy. Our experts are passionate about applying their years of knowledge to better assist current and new patients to manage their condition(s).

Getting Started

Please call 727-767-8230 and request a telephone intake. An expert physician and/or psychologist will review your information and we will schedule the appropriate service(s) shortly. Please have prior records available to help us best determine the most appropriate level of care.

Your first visit will be a diagnostic/initial evaluation so that we can discuss various treatment options with you. We view this initial appointment as an opportunity for you to get to know us, as well – it is our aim for you to understand all decisions we make regarding you/your child’s care.

We are offering treatment for Florida residents via telehealth.

Conditions We Treat

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Misophonia
  • PANS/ PANDAS
  • Selective Mutism
  • Trichotillomania/ Hair Pulling Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (physician services)
  • High functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when accompanied by anxiety, OCD, or tics
  • Other OCD-Spectrum Disorders (Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Excoriation Disorder, Hoarding) 

Treatment Options

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP)
  • Habit reversal training (HRT)
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
  • Medication/Pharmacotherapy

Treatment Plan

  • We develop personalized treatment plans following your initial evaluation visit.
  • We provide more intensive treatment in a daily format/multiple days (in some cases, following evaluation).
  • Services are provided by doctoral-level clinicians and are highly individualized (no groups).
  • Parent/Guardian participation is part of all pediatric treatment.
  • We offer telehealth services (patient must be in Florida)

Contact Information

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about the Rothman Center, contact us at:

Phone: 727-767-8230
Fax: 727-767-7786

Location

We are located in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the Bayfront/Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital campus.

The Rothman Center is on the 4th floor of the 601 Tower of the Bayfront Medical Plaza. We are at 601 7th St. S, Suite 425, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701.

Parking is in the West Garage, or there is free valet. There are meters to the north side of the building (for a fee). It is about a 2-minute drive or 7-minute walk from our former location at Johns Hopkins All Children's.

Meet Our Staff

Adam B. Lewin, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Lewin is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Division Chief of Pediatric Neuropsychiatry. He is the Maurice A. and Thelma P. Rothman Endowed Chair in Developmental Pediatrics. He is the program director for the USF Rothman Center and the OCD, Anxiety and Related Disorders Program. His primary appointment is with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida with a joint appointment in psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences. He holds courtesy appointments as a Professor in Psychology at USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg. Dr. Lewin is the director of the Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence.

Dr. Lewin is board certified in child and adolescent psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Lewin specializes in OCD, anxiety, misophonia, Tourette/tic, trichotillomania and developmental disorders. Dr. Lewin evaluates both pediatric and select adult patients for assessment/evaluation for cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD, anxiety and habit reversal therapy for tic spectrum disorders, skin picking, and hair pulling/trichotillomania. Dr. Lewin has previously worked with youth with poor adherence and anxiety related to type 1 diabetes and has volunteered with the Florida Diabetes Camp since 1992.

Dr. Lewin joined the USF Faculty in 2009. He received his Ph.D. in clinical and health psychology from the University of Florida in 2007. Subsequently, Dr. Lewin completed his clinical residency and a postdoctoral National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) research fellowship (in child psychology and behavioral neuroscience) at the Semel Institute for Neuropsychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Lewin's research activities focus on obsessive-compulsive spectrum (including Tourette syndrome/tic disorders, misophonia) and anxiety disorders. Dr. Lewin has received research funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Tourette Syndrome Association, the Ream Foundation, NARSAD (now the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation), Joseph Drown Foundation and Friends of the Semel Institute, International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and the University of South Florida Research Foundation. He was a 2012-13 NIMH Child Intervention, Prevention and Services (CHIPS) fellow and was the 2007-2008 Friends of the Semel Institute fellow. Dr. Lewin has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and is on the editorial board for four scientific journals. He is an associate editor for Child Psychiatry and Human Development, the Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders and the Journal of Child and Family Studies.  Dr. Lewin’s former trainees hold faculty and leadership positions across the country including at All Children’s Hospital and USF.  He is a trainer for health professionals in advanced psychotherapy techniques for both OCD and Tourette/Tics via Behavioral Training Institutes (BTIs) at the International OCD Foundation and the Tourette Association of America.   

Dr. Lewin is the 2023 President of the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  He served as the elected member-at-large for Education and Standards for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology – American Psychological Association Division 53. He serves on the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation (CoA) and on the Taskforce for Training Guideline Development of Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology. 

Betty Horng, Ph.D.

Dr. Horng is a clinical associate professor with the University of South Florida and licensed clinical psychologist. She specializes in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as other primary anxiety disorders such as social phobia, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (a State University of New York). Dr. Horng completed her internship at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, followed by a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute in which she acquired specialized training in the treatment of anxiety disorders in an intensive outpatient setting. She joined the USF Faculty in 2009.

Omar Rahman, Ph.D.

Dr. Rahman is a clinical associate professor specializing in habit reversal training for trichotillomania (hair pulling) as well as cognitive behavioral therapy to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder. He joined the USF Faculty in 2011 after completing his fellowship training at the USF Rothman Center. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Purdue University and Rahman completed his internship at the University of Florida. Dr. Rahman also has worked extensively with children with OCD, tics, hair pulling, disruptive behavior disorders and anxiety disorders.

Justyna Wojas, M.D.

Dr. Wojas is a staff psychiatrist at USF Rothman Center. Dr. Wojas completed her general psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami program. Dr. Wojas is board certified in general psychiatry and board eligible in child psychiatry. She completed her internship at Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Program in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Wojas participates in a variety of research projects/ clinical trials and sees patients in the outpatient clinic. Dr. Wojas’s interests include integration of psychiatry in primary care setting, anxiety, OCD, Tourette/tic, skin picking, trichotillomania, ADHD, and developmental disorders, as well as PANS/PANDAS.

Tanya K. Murphy, M.D.

Dr. Murphy is a Professor Emertius of pediatrics at USF Health and former Maurice A. and Thelma P. Rothman Endowed Chair in Developmental Pediatrics with a joint appointment in the University of South Florida Department of Psychiatry since 2008.

After graduating from the College of Medicine at the University of Florida, Dr. Murphy stayed at UF to complete her residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. As a member of the Department of Psychiatry faculty, she served as director of the UF Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Program, director of the UF Child Anxiety & Tic Disorder Clinic, and medical director for the UF Autism Unit. From 2005-2008 she was chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UF.

Dr. Murphy is board-certified in psychiatry and child psychiatry. She also holds a Master of Science in clinical investigation. She has received several major grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and has more than 275 publications. Her current research focuses on understanding the role of infections and the immune system in the onset of childhood psychiatric disorders and pharmacological and psychological treatments for Tourette's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Dr. Murphy is a member of the National Tourette Syndrome Association Medical Advisory Board and the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Scientific Advisory Board. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the Movement Disorders Society, the American College of Psychiatrists, the American Neuropsychiatric Association and Biological Psychiatry. She has been named as a top doctor in pediatric psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report.

Retired from clinical responsibilities, Dr. Murphy continues to consult on educational, mentoring and scholarly activities at the USF Rothman Center.

Psychology Services

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Program

Program Director: Adam B. Lewin, Ph.D., ABPP
Faculty: Betty Horng, Ph.D., Omar Rahman, Ph.D., and psychology fellows

Behavioral Treatment Program

Our team offers psychotherapy for OCD, anxiety, Tourette/tics, misophonia, phobias, hair pulling/trichotillomania, skin picking and related disorders. Sessions are individual/family and are generally weekly but can be adjusted based on individual factors and clinician guidance.

A consultation appointment is conducted first to determine if our services are a good match. Our focus is on child/adolescent although we do see some adults who fit our subspecialty. Our team coordinates closely with the medical providers. Our focus is on cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based care.  

How are we different? Our program is staffed by doctoral-level clinicians and is individually tailored for our patients.  Services are individual/family (no group treatment). Our faculty are not only experts in providing treatment, but have worked to develop and test treatments and train clinicians across the world.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD

We specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for OCD. CBT is mainly based on two principals: 1) exposure and response prevention, and 2) cognitive therapy. Exposure is described as having the patient face his or her fear. Response prevention follows exposure and involves the patient with OCD refraining from engaging in repetitive, compulsive activities often performed to ease anxiety. Cognitive exercises teach the patient to challenge his/her thought processes. This approach has strong research support.

Our program is all out-patient and offers weekly and multiple-days weekly treatment options. All therapy is individual (1:1 with your clinician) – typically conducted in the context of the family. Parents and family members are integral to maximizing outcomes and we aim to include family members in treatment sessions.

Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment of Tics (CBIT)

CBIT includes habit reversal therapy (HRT), education and training, social support and anxiety management tools.  At the USF Rothman Center, we use HRT to treat tic disorders (including Tourette syndrome), hair pulling (trichotillomania), and skin-picking. Our faculty have expertise in HRT and the comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT). The Rothman Center at USF is a Tourette Syndrome Association Center of Excellence.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety, Misophonia and related disorders

We offer evidence-based CBT for a variety of OCD, Tourette/Tic and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders. Please call to complete a phone intake and we will review to see if we may be a good fit for you or your child.

Advantages of our program:

  • 1:1 therapy (not group-based)
  • Doctoral level therapists conduct sessions
  • Individualized program, based on the specific needs patient/family
  • Housed within a leading academic research center with expertise in OCD/anxiety/tic spectrum disorders
  • Clinicians have expertise working with PANS/PANDAS
  • Providers have expertise in Tourette/tics, autism and other comorbidities
  • Our clinicians are the experts – we develop therapies, test new treatments, and train others clinicians across the world

Medical Services

The Rothman Center offers specialty physician services which may include consultations, diagnostics, and medication management. Our medical team has expertise in OCD spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, autism, and PANS/PANDAS.

Evaluations: Psychiatric evaluations consist of a detailed medical history, neurological examination, and a clinical interview to assess psychosocial functioning. The Rothman Center Physicians are one of the few academic groups in the world with expertise in PANS/PANDAS, immune function, and nutrition in neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Medical management: If medical treatments are needed, the clinician will aim to minimize side effects and maximize treatment effectiveness. Diagnostic testing may be ordered/performed such as rating scales, interviews, laboratory assessments, and review of external tests and scans. Additional medical specialty referrals may be facilitated if needed.

Fees and Accommodations

Our services are covered by many private insurance companies. Psychologist and physician services are billed separately if both are received. Unfortunately, Medicaid does not cover services by psychologists in Florida. We do offer a discount for people paying out of pocket and may also have research studies in which people can participate. Our psychotherapy is billed as individual/family psychotherapy sessions, rather than as a program, reducing cost. Please contact our financial specialist at 727-767-8230 for questions regarding insurance/cost.

There are ample affordable accommodations for our out-of-town families. Families often stay at the Ronald McDonald House, which is within walking distance to our facility. Families must request availability from the Ronald McDonald House in advance. There is also an extended stay suite (Staybridge Suites) with in-room cooking facilities within walking distance (request the USF rate). Details can be provided by our office.

Our programs serve people from all over the world. We have had families come from Europe, Asia, and South America to receive treatment, as well as many from most of the states in the U.S. Many families utilize the Ronald McDonald House while others take advantage of many lodging options available in the Tampa Bay area, a tourist destination with numerous hotels and extended stay options. Many families opt to stay at the beach communities approximately 15 minutes west. We are approximately 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport or St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport.