OCD Southern California

Contact Name: Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW, Affiliate President
PO Box 99998
San Diego, California 92169


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.


OCD Southern California had a strong showing at this year’s 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk! Supporters attended and walked for OCD awareness in three major southern California cities — Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. The walks successfully raise three times as much as last year and had three times the number of walkers. The funds raised will support programming of both the IOCDF and OCD SoCal, which educate our local community. At the Annual OCD Conference in San Francisco, OCD SoCal held an affiliate member meeting attended by over thirty volunteers, board members, professionals, and members eager to brainstorm how to support the OCD community in the Southern California region.

OCD So Cal would also like to announce the addition of Rodney Boone, PhD to our board of directors. Dr. Rodney Boone is founder and director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California, which is in the Greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Boone has been working with individuals with OCD for over 35 years. We look forward to the support and guidance of Dr. Boone as OCD SoCal continues to grow.

At the end of September, OCD SoCal is holding a virtual book club featuring the book, Face to Face with Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Psychotherapy and Clinical Insights by Ari Winograd. OCD SoCal is planning multiple OCD related events for OCD Awareness week that will be open to the public to build out the community, educate, and inform.

To support the rapid growth of OCD Southern California, we have developed new sub-committees to further our mission. These sub-committees include a those focusing on 1) the outreach to pediatricians and OB/GYNS to raise awareness about OCD, 2) conference planning, 3) OCD awareness-week planning, and 4) to head-up our volunteers. For exact dates, times, and details of the above-mentioned events or if you are interested in being a part of OCD Southern California in any capacity, please email us at info@OCDSoCal.org or visit our website!