OCD Southern California

Contact Name: Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, LCSW, Affiliate President
Laguna Hills, California 92653


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 held two OCD Awareness Week events on the Road to Recovery Tour sponsored by the IOCDF and Peace of Mind Foundation on October 9—one in LA (hosted by USC) and one in Irvine (hosted by the Gateway Institute). Combined, we had approximately 150 attendees and the feedback has been extremely positive! We thank the IOCDF spokespeople, Liz McIngvale, Ethan S. Smith, and Jeff Bell, for their time and dedication to increasing awareness about OCD, reducing stigma, and for their amazing courage telling their personal stories! Also, a special thanks to Dr. Jon Grayson for his engaging talk at the LA event!

OCD SoCal also sponsored a free Speakers Series in La Jolla on November 5th! Dr. Jon Grayson, Dr. Sanjaya Saxena, Ethan S. Smith and Chris Trondsen gave presentations and the USC OCD genetic research team was available to answer questions for any interested in enrolling in their genetic study.

OCD Southern California would like to announce the transfer of presidency from Jim Sterner, LMFT, to Barbara Van Noppen, PhD. Our goal continues to strive towards greater expansion into all regions of Southern California, promoting OCD awareness, advocacy, education and services.

Please visit our website for further details! You can register on the website and ‘Like’ us on Facebook to receive regular announcements about upcoming events!