University of Florida Health Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence

Directed by:

Dr. Irene Malaty (Movement Disorders Neurology)


Dr. Herb Ward  (adult psychiatry)

Dr. Carol Mathews (pediatric psychiatry)

Other Faculty:

Heather Simpson, OTD, MOT, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)

Dr. Wissam Deeb (Movement Disorders Neurologist)

About the Tourette and Tic Clinic

Kids and adults living with Tic and Tourette syndrome need an interdisciplinary environment for treatment, and also an opportunity to participate in cutting edge research.  The UF Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration has come together to provide that environment.

There are few places in the world that offer the complete interdisciplinary care of the Tourette/Tic Patient.  The identified needs in this area:

  • Better identification and early identification can make a difference
  • We must help Tourette/tic patients get treatment, and also help their reintegration back into society
  • Better care in Tourette/Tic will lead to better research and greater awareness of what is needed in the field
  • Partnerships need to be developed in clinical and basic science research for Tourette/Tic

Interdisciplinary Approach to Tourette Syndrome and Tics

  • We have created a model of excellence in care, research, and education for Tourette/Tics. 
  • To accomplish our goals we have constructed an interdisciplinary world-class, “concierge service” for every new and return patient. 
  • We focus on psychiatry and neurology, but we also have psychology, social work and all of the rehabilitative services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy. 
  • The patient and family will have access to all interdisciplinary services in one place. 
  • We work and collaborate with the Tourette Syndrome Association to ensure appropriate care
  • We provide unique services with Deep Brain Stimulus and research opportunities for qualifying patients
  • We provide a unique, non-medication based service with the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics for those that qualify
  • We provide patients with the educated and social issues related to Tourette Syndrome
  • We provide community resources, such as support groups and online blogging, as applicable
  • We provide patients with the educated and social issues related to Tourette Syndrome.
  • We provide informative, patient-centered blogs

We have integrated the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration research infrastructure into Tourette and Tics.

Dr. Michael S. Okun and Dr. Kelly D. Foote have two NIH grants studying Tourette syndrome and the only FDA IDE approved for Deep Brain Stimulation for Tourette Syndrome in the United States.

Dr. Okun along with Justin Sanchez, PhD and Nick Maling, PhD student, are working on the physiological underpinnings of tic in their shared laboratories.

Dr. Okun and Dr. Malaty serve on the Tourette Association of America Medical Advisory Board to ensure appropriate care throughout the county.

*Support for this program is provided by the Criser Family UF Foundation Account


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