Dr. Mathews’ research focuses on the phenomenology, epidemiology, and genetics of neuropsychiatric symptoms and disorders, particularly those with childhood onset, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety symptoms, Tourette Syndrome (TS), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her research is funded by NINDS, NIMH, NARSAD, the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, and the Tourette Syndrome Association. Dr. Mathews’ research focuses on:
- genetic studies of OCD, TS, and ADHD in Costa Rica and the US
- studies of potential environmental factors that predispose or worsen neuropsychiatric symptoms (including prenatal risk factors such as prenatal maternal nicotine use)
- epidemiological studies of neuropsychiatric symptoms in non-clinical populations and relatives of individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders
She is also interested in the comorbidity and common etiological factors underlying anxiety disorders.