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Matt W. Specht, M.S., Ph.D.

Matt Specht

Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Co-Director, Pediatric OCD and Tourette's Disorder Specialty Clinic


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Bloomberg Children's Center, Level 12
Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, Md. 21283


University of Wisconsin, B.S., 1998

Idaho State University, M.S., Ph.D., Psychology/Clinical Psychology, 2005

University of Maryland School of Medicine, Internship, Psychology,  2005

Veterans Administration: Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center, Research Fellow, Psychology, 2006

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Sr. Research Program Coordinator II, 2007

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Instructor 2008-2010, Assistant Professor 2011-Present


Special Interests:


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


In the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, Matt W. Specht, Ph.D., focuses on neuropsychiatric disorders, namely Tourette’s disorder and OCD. He began his career at Johns Hopkins in 2006 as a project coordinator and therapist for the Johns Hopkins portion of the NIMH-funded behavior therapy for children with Tourette’s Disorder trial (RO1MH069874). He currently serves as the Johns Hopkins site principal investigator (since 2010).  He is also a co-investigator (since 2010) for the NINDS-funded Tourette’s Syndrome Association (TSA) Genetic Linkage Study 2U01NS040024-06A1. 

After joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2008 as an Instructor, Specht received a TSA Research and Training Grant (2008) designed to examine the effects of prolonged tic suppression. In 2009, he received an early-career scholarship at the TSA 5th International Scientific Symposium in recognition of this work. He has since developed at Johns Hopkins a Pediatric OCD and Tourette’s Disorder Specialty Clinic, of which he is co-director. 

Specht's current research focuses on evaluating co-occurring disorders as moderators of treatment outcome as well as developing and evaluating clinical algorithms for combining available empirically supported treatments for clinically complex patients.

Phone: 410-614-4236

Fax: 410-955-8691

Email: mspecht1@jhmi.edu

Downloadable CV:

Matt Specht CV