Posts By Jessica Price

Advancing Research on OCD among African-American Youth and Young Adults

by Henry A. Willis, MA Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is understudied among African-American/Black youth and young adults (Williams & Jahn, 2016). Black youth are also grossly underrepresented in treatment centers, clinical trials, and published research focused on OCD (Williams et al., 2012). Research suggests that although OCD is a persistent problem for Black youth relative… Read more »

Diversity Advisory Council Research Subcommittee responds to National Institute of Mental Health Request for Information

by Martha J. Falkenstein, PhD, Alberto Collazzoni, PhD, and Matthew Riello, BA In Fall 2020, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) sought a request for information on identifying research priority areas to improve the mental health outcomes of Americans from minority and health disparities populations. The chairs of the IOCDF Diversity Advisory Council (DAC)… Read more »

Be a presenter at the 2021 IOCDF Virtual Event Series

Accepting proposals through Monday, February 1, 2021! As we gear up for the new year, the IOCDF is already beginning to plan for our live and online events in 2021! Though the Annual OCD Conference is our largest event of the year, one which invites the entire OCD and related disorders community to come together to… Read more »

Let’s put an end to “Obsessive Christmas Disorder”

by Thomas Smalley, IOCDF Lead Advocate The holiday season is one for joy, celebration, and good vibes. Unfortunately, walking into a Target department store last year, that joy was ripped away in an instant. On full display was the ugly Christmas sweater section right when I walked in. The one that immediately caught my attention… Read more »

As 2020 OCD Awareness Week concludes, we leave you with a message regarding advocacy.

What is advocacy? It is defined as ‘public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.’ Many individuals in the OCD community believe that to be an advocate, they have to publicly share their story about OCD in a large forum, including opening up about personal details. However, OCD Awareness Week is designed… Read more »