OCD Southern California

Contact Name: Jim Sterner, LMFT
950 South Coast Dr
Suite 220
Costa Mesa, California 92626


Welcome to OCD SoCal! We are the Southern California affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). We started in 2011 to increase awareness of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its treatment, provide information about OCD to Southern Californians and to offer OCD educational and outreach programs to schools, media and mental health professionals in the six counties of Southern California. By providing resources at the local level, the goal of OCD SoCal is to help facilitate the wellness of people with OCD and their family members.


Southern California held a genetic study event as part of its free Speakers Series in La Jolla Saturday, January 9. The room was filled to capacity, with attendees listening to presentations from professionals from USC and UCSD, asking questions of the various panelists, and participating in the USC Genetic Study. Dr. Jim Knowles of USC presented information on the university’s research into the genetics of OCD, and Dr. Barbara Van Noppen, also of USC, spoke about families and OCD. Dr. Sanjaya Saxena of UCSD presented on treatments for OCD and hoarding disorder; Dr. Nader Amir of SDSU spoke on computerized treatments for OCD; and Chris Trondsen discussed life after treatment, including preventing relapse, finding support, and creating structure.

USC Genetic Study Event and Free Speakers Series

WHEN: Sunday March 13 10:30am – 4:00pm
WHERE: Courtyard Marriott Pasadena
180 N Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA
(Free parking on the street)
RSVP: to vannoppe@usc.edu
* Light refreshments will be provided

Presentations by:
Jonathan Grayson, PhD
The Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety and OCD
“The ABC’s of OCD: Understanding OCD and its Treatment”

1:00 pm-1:45 pm:
Barbara Van Noppen, PhD
University of Southern California
“The Role of Family in OCD”

Chris Trondsen
The Gateway Institute
“Life Beyond OCD”

Question and Answer Panel

Opportunity to participate in the USC Genetic Study
Study Enrollment all day (compensation will be provided)
Participation involves an interview and donation of a small blood sample. You will be paid for your participation.
For more information, please visit our website at by clicking here or contact us at cgp@usc.edu or 323.863.3995.

All inquiries are confidential.