Carly Bourne

Carly Bourne is the Director of Communications for the International OCD Foundation.

“I see this blog is a great way to let the OCD community know what kinds of programs and initiatives we are working on throughout the year — whether it’s preparing for our annual conference, spreading the word about OCD during OCD Awareness Week, or working with our affiliates around the country to provide events and programming throughout the year. If you have any questions about the blog, OCD Awareness Week, or our annual conference, please email us at”


Jeff Szymanski, Ph. D.

Jeff Szymanski, Ph. D., 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 CBT seminars.


Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is the Development Director for the International OCD Foundation and blogs about exciting programs such as the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Awareness Walk.


Guest Contributors

Alison Dotson

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Alison Dotson is the author of Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life, a nonfiction book for teens and young adults with OCD.

“Part memoir, part self-help for teens, Being Me with OCD tells the story of how obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) dragged the author to rock bottom—and how she found hope, got help, and eventually climbed back to a fuller, happier life.”


Jackie Lea Sommers

Sommers 150x150I am pleased to introduce you to our newest guest blogger, Jackie Lea Sommers. Jackie is a Minneapolis-based Young Adult (YA) writer who enjoys cranky teenagers and hates OCD. She blogs about mental illness and creativity at  In 2012, Jackie won our OCD Awareness creative expression award for her short story, Tipping Point.