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
  • Stephanie Cogen, MPH, MSW, Co-Chair
    International OCD Foundation
  • Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, LCSW, Board Liaison
    Board of Directors, International OCD Foundation
    Founder, Peace of Mind Foundation


  • Tania Pérez Duarte, MS 
    TocMéxico, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Chad T. Wetterneck, PhD
    Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI
  • Monnica T. Williams, PhD, ABPP
    Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
    Founder and Clinical Director, Behavior Wellness Clinic, CT


  • Valerie Andrews
    Elk Grove, CA
  • Gregory S. Chasson, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
  • Terence Ching, MSocSci
    University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Alberto Collazzoni, PhD
    Registered Psychological Assistant, Renewed Freedom Center for Rapid Anxiety Relief, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jamilah R. George, MDiv
    Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, New Haven, CT
  • Martha J. Falkenstein, PhD
    McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Nick Flower, PsyD
    Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cindi Gayle, PhD, NCSP
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Vinay Krishnan, JD
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Katia Moritz, PhD, ABPP
    Clinical Director, NeuroBehavioral Institute, Weston, FL
  • Sarosh J. Motivala, PhD
    Assistant Clinical Professor & Training Director, UCLA Adult OCD Treatment Program
    UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Los Angeles, CA
  • Erin Nghe, LCSW
    Atlanta, GA-area OCD therapist
    OCD Set Free, LLC
  • Jessica Parlor, MA
    PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology
    California School of Professional Psychology - Los Angeles
  • Maria Arellano Piedra, PhD
    UCLA Adult OCD Intensive Treatment Program, Los Angeles, CA
    Riverside University Health Systems/LLU Department of Psychiatry, Loma Linda, CA
  • Bethsy Plaisir, MPH
    International OCD Foundation
  • Ariz Rojas, PhD
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
  • Charlene Salvador
    New York, NY
  • Laurah Shames
    Boston, MA
  • Solome Tibebu
    Founder, Anxiety in Teens, San Francisco, CA

Historical Timeline

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

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