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The mission of the IOCDF's Diversity Initiatives is to ensure that diverse, marginalized, and/or underrepresented populations are included in the OCD community at large. As a community, we seek to educate the public about diversity issues, increase community engagement, and facilitate access to care for diverse populations. We embrace all forms of diversity and provide a welcoming forum to exchange ideas and promote change.


  • Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP, Co-Chair
    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
  • Sheeva Mostoufi, PhD, Co-Chair
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Washington, DC
  • 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
  • Gregory S. Chasson, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
  • Kyra L. Cheung
    Spring, TX
  • David Culkin
    Kansas State University, Leavenworth, KS
  • 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
  • Erin Nghe, LCSW
    Atlanta, GA-area OCD therapist
    OCD Set Free, LLC
  • Rev. Katie O'Dunne, MDiv
    Academy Chaplain & Religious Studies Chair, Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA
    Doctor of Ministry in Integrative Chaplaincy Student, Vanderbilt
  • Rina Pesce, PhD
    Vital OCD & Anxiety Treatment, Rockville, MD
  • Bethsy Plaisir, MPH
    International OCD Foundation, Tampa, FL
  • Marcia Hermolin Rabinowits, PsyD
    CBT Clinic for OCD and Anxiety, Miami, 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
  • Sophie V. Suri
    Teesside University, NIHR UK, England
  • 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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