Associate Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University

Dr. Noam Soreni’s clinical and research work focuses on the cognition and neurobiology of pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and pediatric Hoarding Disorder. As a member of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, he leads the pediatric OCD consultation team, an early intervention initiative. Dr. Soreni’s current research interests include neuromodulation interventions for adult and pediatric OCD, as well as family accommodation in youth and adults with OCD and hoarding. Together with Dr. Melissa Kimber and Dr. Sheila Harms, Dr. Soreni has led an innovative attempt to provide psychological first aid to address COVID-19 related stress. Dr. Soreni’s research has been funded by OMHF, OBI, CIHR and HAHSO. 

Current Activities

Some Active Research Projects:

Dr. Soreni’s current research work focuses on interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with obsessive compulsive disorder and hoarding. He is also working on developing interventions for family members of youth and adults with OCD, including developing and studying neuromodulation approaches for the disorders. 

  • The GAYA Study – Exploring the Genetic Architecture of Youth Anxiety
  • Exploring the Cognitive and Behavioural Mechanisms of Neuromodulation in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • FAR – Family Accommodation Reduction in OCD
  • ENIGMA – Genetics and Neuroimaging of OCD


Four Most Impactful Publications:

Kimber, M., Harms, S., Soreni, N., Inrig, M., Acai, A., Lipman, E. L., Sassi, R., Streiner, D. L., & MacMillan, H. L. (2021). LIVES for families psychological first aid training programme to address COVID-19 psychological distress: a mixed methods acceptability and feasibility protocol. BMJ open11(5), e049995.

Soreni, N., Cameron, D. H., Streiner, D. L., Rowa, K., & McCabe, R. E. (2019). Seasonality Patterns of Internet Searches on Mental Health: Exploratory Infodemiology Study. JMIR mental health6(4), e12974.

Soreni, N., Cameron, D., Vorstenbosch, V., Duku, E., Rowa, K., Swinson, R., Bullard, C., & McCabe, R. (2018). Psychometric Evaluation of a Revised Scoring Approach for the Children’s Saving Inventory in a Canadian Sample of Youth With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Child psychiatry and human development49(6), 966–973.

Weber, A. M., Soreni, N., Stanley, J. A., Greco, A., Mendlowitz, S., Szatmari, P., Schachar, R., Mannasis, K., Pires, P., Swinson, R., & Noseworthy, M. D. (2014). Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy of prefrontal white matter in psychotropic naïve children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychiatry research222(1-2), 67–74.

Noam Soreni

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Research Interests

obsessive-compulsive disorder, children and adolescent mental health, hoarding 

Education, Memberships, Certifications

M.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Child Psychiatry residency, University of Tel Aviv 

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