• David C. Houghton, Ph.D.

    Houghton David23Assistant Professor
    Director, Habits Lab
    T32 Participating Faculty Member
    Department: Psychiatry/Behavioral Science

    Email: dahought@utmb.edu
    Phone: 409.747.9785

    Bio & Research


Dr. Houghton is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Director of the HABITS Lab. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Trinity University, his M.S. in Clinical Psychology at Missouri State University, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University. After graduating, he conducted a post-doctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as presented his works at various national and international scientific meetings.


B.A., 2009 Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

M.S., 2011 Missouri State University, Springfield, MS

Ph.D., 2018 Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Selected Publications

  1. Mathew, A., Davine, T., Snorrason, I., Houghton, D. C., Woods, D. W., and Lee, H. J. Body-focused repetitive behaviors and non-suicidal self-injury: A comparison of clinical characteristics and symptom features. Journal of Psychiatric Research. (In press)
  2. Houghton, D. C., Tommerdahl, M., and Woods, D. W. Increased tactile sensitivity and deficient feed-forward inhibition in pathological hair pulling and skin picking. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 120, 103433, 2019. PMID:31299460 (No NIH funding)
  3. Houghton, D. C., Uhde, T. W., Borckardt, J. J., and Cortese, B. M. Exploratory investigation of a brief cognitive behavioral intervention and transcranial direct current stimulation on odor sensitivity. Psychosomatic Medicine, 81(4), 389-395, 2019. PMCID: PMC6961818
  4. Alexander, J. R., Houghton, D. C., Twohig, M. P., Franklin, M. E., Saunders, S. M., Neal-Barnett, A. M., and Woods, D. W. Clarifying the relationship between Trichotillomania and anxiety. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 13:30-34, 2017. PMCID: PMC5628622