Dean McKay, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, received a $10,000 grant to conduct research on the “Heritability of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms” from the Countess Moira Foundation.
McKay, who teaches in Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and who is board certified in both behavioral and clinical psychology, is an expert in the nature and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, publishing widely on the subject. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an involuntary neurobiological condition that afflicts both young and old, and is most commonly characterized by a person’s obsessive, distressing thoughts and compulsions. The disorder clusters in families and researchers believe that it may have a partly hereditary basis.
The New York-based Countess Moira Charitable Foundation was established in 2000 and its mission is to “aid the well-being of youth anywhere in the world.” The foundation has underwritten several life-saving medical operations for indigent children in addition to supporting charitable organizations that focus on helping youth.