The mission of the IOCDF's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Council (DEIAC) is to represent diverse populations, and to ensure that marginalized and underrepresented groups have an empowered voice in the international OCD community. We seek to educate the public about topics central to diverse OCD communities, increase community engagement, and facilitate access to quality culturally-responsive, evidence-based care. We embrace all forms of diversity and provide a welcoming forum to exchange ideas and promote change. Our members are allied with and actively involved in activities consistent with these DEI initiatives.

Apply to join the DEIAC!

We are currently accepting applications for OCD community members to join the DEIAC — everyone is welcome to apply! The application window opens bi-annually (every 2 years) so if you are interested we urge you to fill out an application today. We seek new members to be a part of this vital group to educate the public about topics central to diverse OCD communities, increase community engagement, and facilitate access to quality culturally responsive, evidence-based care.

DEIAC Group Photo 2022


  • Darlene Davis Goodwine, PhD, Co-Chair
    Aidan Behavioral Health & Consulting, LLC, Louisville, KY
    Founder, Parents Zone, LLC
  • Marcia Hermolin Rabinowits, PsyD, Co-Chair
    CBT Clinic for OCD and Anxiety, Miami, FL
  • Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP, Liaison to the Board of Directors
    Executive Director, Renewed Freedom Center for Rapid Anxiety Relief, Los Angeles, CA
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
  • Stephanie Cogen, MPH, MSW, Staff Liaison
    International OCD Foundation


  • Terence Ching, PhD
    Yale OCD Research Clinic, New Haven, CT
  • Erjing Cui, LMHC
    Rogers Behavioral Health, Seattle, WA
  • Judy Mier-Chairez, PhD
    Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center, Nashville, TN


  • Cory Adkins, CDCA, PRS
    Dayton, OH
  • Valerie Andrews
    Elk Grove, CA
  • Katie Boyer, LMSW, MT-BC
    Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center, Nashville, TN
  • Jordan Cattie, PhD
    Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Júlia Cavalcante e Silva
    Brasilia, Brazil
  • Kyra L. Cheung
    Spring, TX
  • Justine De Jaegher, MA
    Ottawa, Canada
  • Martha J. Falkenstein, PhD
    McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Ellie Fisher
    Houston Center for Valued Living, Houston, TX
  • Jamilah R. George, MDiv
    Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, New Haven, CT
  • Breyaunna Hattab, MSW
    New Bedford, MA
  • Julia E. Hum
    Boston, MA
  • Grace L. Manier
    Detroit, MI
  • Adrienne Marcellus-Altman
    Marcellus Counseling and Coaching, Clearwater, FL
  • Andrew T. Marshall, PhD
    USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sheeva Mostoufi, PhD
    Old Town Psychology, Alexandria, VA
  • Erin Nghe, LCSW
    Atlanta, GA-area OCD therapist
    OCD Set Free, LLC
  • Rina Pesce, PhD
    Vital OCD & Anxiety Treatment, Rockville, MD
  • Bethsy Plaisir, MPH
    International OCD Foundation, Tampa, FL
  • Alexandra Z. Reynolds
    Peachtree City, GA
  • Matthew Riello, BA
    New Jersey
  • Carolyn M. Ringenberg
    University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • Rebecca J. Roberts, LCPC
    AMK Counseling, Chicago, IL
  • Alexander S. Rosenberg
    University of Columbia/Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York, NY
  • Shelley D. Stokes
    Silver Spring, MD
  • Mohammed M. Sulemana
    Accra, Ghana
  • Shannon Switzer
    OCD SoCal, NAMI San Diego & Imperial Counties, San Diego, CA
  • Monnica T. Williams, PhD, ABPP (Emeritus)
    Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair for Mental Health Disparities, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Founder & Clinical Director, Behavior Wellness Clinic, CT

Historical Timeline

The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) was founded in 1986.
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