Posts By Jeff Szymanski, PhD

Jeff Szymanski, PhD
Jeff Szymanski, PhD, is the Executive Director of the International OCD Foundation and author of The Perfectionist’s Handbook. Dr. Szymanski, a clinical psychologist, previously worked at McLean Hospital’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI), a residential facility for individuals with severe and refractory OCD. Dr. Szymanski also has a long track record of teaching and training. As a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, he has supervised pre-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and has run Cognitive Behavior Therapy seminars.

Guest Post: Mourning a Friend

We are deeply saddened about the loss of a member of the IOCDF community, Riley Sisson, who many of you may have known from the Annual OCD Conference. Riley is remembered by his mother Margaret Sisson, and our heartfelt condolences go out to her and her family.  A memorial service was recently near his home in Fayetteville, Georgia, where Riley was remembered… Read more »

Inside the Professional Plenary: The Untold Story About Negative Emotions

 In today’s blog, IOCDF executive director, Jeff Szymanski, PhD, introduces the Plenary Speaker at this year’s Annual OCD Conference.  The Plenary is a talk with an invited speaker, which serves as a counterpart to Saturday morning’s Keynote Address specifically for the Professional Community at the OCD Conference. While intended for professionals, many attendees may also find the… Read more »

Why another walk?

It seems like every non-profit organization has a Walk to raise awareness and fundraise for their cause. Here in the Northeast, you can find a Walk almost every weekend starting in the spring and going through the fall. So, when the topic of doing a Walk for OCD would come up around the IOCDF office,… Read more »

“Girls” Lena Dunham Gets it Right

It is so rare to find a mental health condition portrayed accurately in the media. I get it… it’s entertainment. People are tuning into television shows to tune out and be entertained. So, when I watched the recent episode of “Girls” depicting OCD, I was pleasantly surprised.

The Privilege of Being the Executive Director of the IOCDF

We are just getting our bearings again here in the national office after our 19th Annual Conference in Chicago, which was a major success. Thank you to all 1,175 attendees! I’m sure that many of you had stories to tell your friends, families, and therapists upon your return. In this post, our executive director, Dr. Jeff Szymanski, shares some of his own memories and thoughts about the conference.

The D in OCD

“You are so OCD!” is a fairly common phrase these days. When I hear someone use it — though I cringe a little inside — I rarely have the feeling that this is a deliberate attempt to make light of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Quite the opposite: I typically get the impression that someone is… Read more »