IOCDF Diversity Council

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
    Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Seattle, WA
  • Judy Mier-Chairez, PhD
    Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center, Nashville, TN


  • Valerie Andrews
    Elk Grove, CA
  • Sage Bates, MS
    PhD Candidate in Psychology
    Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
  • Weilynn C. Chang, BS
    PhD Student in Clinical Psychology
    Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
  • Gregory S. Chasson, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
  • Alberto Collazzoni, PhD
    Registered Psychological Assistant, Renewed Freedom Center for Rapid Anxiety Relief, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tania Pérez Duarte, MS 
    TocMéxico, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Martha J. Falkenstein, PhD
    McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Cindi Gayle, PhD, NCSP
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Jamilah R. George, MDiv
    Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, New Haven, CT
  • Magdalene P. Holtam, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Mountain View, CA
  • Maryam Jernigan-Noesi, PhD
    Founder, Jernigan & Associates Psychology and Educational Consulting LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Vinay Krishnan, JD
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Katia Moritz, PhD, ABPP
    Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute, Weston, FL
  • Erin Nghe, LCSW
    Atlanta, GA-area OCD therapist
    OCD Set Free, LLC
  • Rev. Katie O'Dunne
    Academy Chaplain & Religious Studies Chair, Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA
    Doctor of Ministry in Integrative Chaplaincy Student, Vanderbilt
  • Jessica Parlor, MA
    PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology
    California School of Professional Psychology - Los Angeles
  • Matthew Riello, BA
    New Jersey
  • Chad T. Wetterneck, PhD
    Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI
  • Monnica T. Williams, PhD, ABPP
    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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