In the next few weeks leading up to OCD Awareness Week, taking place October 11-17 this year, each of our spokespeople will be sharing with you why they’re excited and energized to start spreading OCD awareness during the week and beyond! Kicking off this new blog series is Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, LMSW, explaining why OCD… Read more »
Posts By Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, LMSW
IOCDF Spokesperson... After her diagnosis at age 12 and treatment, which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth began her advocacy platform at age 17 where she was featured on the first ever IOCDF public service campaign for OCD, titled “What does OCD Look Like? Me, my name is Elizabeth.” Elizabeth’s journey with OCD has been featured on international, national and local news outlets, including Good Morning America with Barbara Walters, Inside Edition, and The View. Elizabeth received her undergraduate and master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and her PhD from the University of Houston in Social Work. Elizabeth is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Houston Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and began a faculty position at Baylor University’s school of social work this fall. Elizabeth is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to obsessive compulsive disorder, which runs ocdchallenge.org — a free interactive self-help website for obsessive compulsive disorder based on the principles of exposure with response prevention. Elizabeth is a therapist, advocate, and researcher who dedicates her time to OCD, mental health stigma, and issues surrounding access to care. In her lifetime she hopes to see everyone diagnosed with a mental illness have access to evidence-based treatment and to be a part of the movement that stamps out the stigma of mental illness.