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Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre


Founded through a generous donation by Mr. Thompson, the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre is dedicated to treatment and research of anxiety disorders, with a focus on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders.

The centre brings together expert clinicians and researchers, with the joint goals of offering state of the art care and generating knowledge through research.


Improving life for individuals with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and their families.

Clinical care

The Thompson Centre offers multidisciplinary compassionate care for clients with OCD and related disorders.

To date, these have been ‘orphan' disorders, for which no other centre in Canada offers specialized care.  


We are an epicentre for OCD research across Canada, home to a team of researchers investigating the neurobiological, genetic, and cognitive basis of OCD and other anxiety disorders.

Patients of the Centre will have the opportunity to take part in research that will benefit sufferers of these conditions in the future.


We offer specialized training for mental health professionals. We organize workshops and lectures for both health care providers and the general public, and offer an annual conference for health care professionals. We also offer psychoeducation to clients, their families, and the public.


The Centre provides advocacy at local, provincial and national levels for individuals affected by OCD and related disorders.

We serve as a voice both nationally and internationally, highlighting the need for increased expertise in treating and managing these conditions, and the need for increased funding for research and specialized clinical care.