Joseph F. McGuire, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Division: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institution: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine



B.A., Wesleyan University
M.A., University of South Florida
Ph.D., University of South Florida
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior University of California Los Angeles NIH T32 / Child Mental Health

Clinical Summary

Dr. McGuire is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher, who has over 12 years of experience treating and conducting research on childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, misophonia, hair pulling disorder, and Tourette Disorder. As a clinician, his work is focused on the assessment and treatment of children with OCD, anxiety, hair pulling disorder,  misophonia, and Tourette Disorder. He uses evidence-based assessments to identify the presence of clinically significant psychiatric symptoms and problem behaviors. After identifying and understanding these symptoms, he employs evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) with exposure/response prevention (ERP), habit reversal training (HRT), and comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT) to help children, adolescents, and families overcome these challenges.

Research Summary

As a researcher, Dr. McGuire’s work has focused on the application of translational approaches to understand and improve therapeutic outcomes for children and adolescents with neuropsychiatric disorders–focusing on OCD, anxiety disorders, hair pulling disorder, anorexia nervosa, misophonia, and Tourette’s Disorder.  To achieve these goals, his research synergizes neurobiological research findings and clinical experience to develop targeted, treatment-oriented research questions. These questions are examined by integrating information across psychophysiological outcomes, subjective self-reports, validated rating scales, and behavioral observations. Through a better understanding of the nuanced processes implicated in childhood neuropsychiatric disorders across multiple determinants, impaired mechanisms can be identified and existing treatments tailored to provide more precise, personalized, and effective interventions. This is crucial to diminish morbidity associated with these conditions across the lifespan, and inform eventual prevention efforts.

Activities and Honors


  • ABCT Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research, University of California Los Angeles
  • Emotional Health Research Excellence Award, Macquarie University
  • Career Development and Leadership Program Award, Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • Senior Researcher Award, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Child Intervention, Prevention, & Services (CHIPS) Fellowship, National Institute of Health
  • Friends of Semel Institute Travel Grant, University of California Los Angeles
  • Conference Poster Travel Grant Award, Trichotillomania Learning Center
  • Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Researcher Award, Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • Poster Presentation Award, International OCD Foundation
  • Professor Charles D. and Carol Spielberger Endowed Fund Award, University of South Florida

Research & Publications

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Edited Books

Storch, E.A., McGuire, J.F., & McKay, D. (Eds.) (2017). The Clinician’s Guide to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Elsevier Academic Press, Cambridge, MA. [Link to Amazon Purchase]

McGuire, J.F., Murphy, T.K., Piacentini, J., & Storch E.A. (Eds.) (2018). The Clinician’s Guide to Treatment and Management of Youth with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. Elsevier Academic Press, Cambridge, MA. [Link to Amazon Purchase]

Peris, T.S., Storch, E.A., & McGuire, J.F. (Eds.) (2020). Exposure Therapy for Children with Anxiety and OCD: Clinician’s Guide to Integrated Treatment. Elsevier Academic Press, Cambridge, MA. [Link to Amazon Purchase]