OCD Texas

Contact Name: Christen Sistrunk & Saharah Shrout, Co-Presidents
1401 Castle Ct
Houston, Texas 77006


OCD TEXAS is a nonprofit support and advocacy organization for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. We are dedicated to bringing together OCD sufferers, their families and friends, researchers and treating professionals across Texas, in order to:

  • educate the public and professionals about OCD and related disorders in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided;
  • improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families so that individuals afflicted with OCD and related disorders can better identify, seek, and gain access to appropriate support and affordable treatment;
  • support research toward better understanding of and more effective treatments for OCD and related disorders;
  • advocate and lobby for the OCD community.


OCD Texas is growing! We have experienced quite a few changes over the past couple of years. After our president stepped down from his post in early 2016, Christen Sistrunk (our then board secretary) was joined by a returning board member, Saharah Shrout, to take on the role of co-presidents. Robert Norris has remained a familiar face as board treasurer over the years, and we are excited to announce the newest members of the OCD Texas team — Dr. Ginny Fullerton, director of Capital OCD & Anxiety Practice, is our newly appointed vice president! Dr. Melissa Fasteau, behavior therapist at Houston OCD Program, has taken on the role of secretary and Dr. Ivy Ruths, clinical psychologist in private practice, is chairing our Outreach Committee. If you are interested in volunteering and getting involved with OCD Texas, you can reach out to Ivy at volunteer@ocdtexas.org.  

This year, we hosted our 2nd Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Houston and were joined by Austin and Dallas for local grassroots virtual walks, all of which helped raise over $6,500 to help both IOCDF and OCD Texas continue to offer programming and services for those affected by OCD and related disorders.

As we look forward to the fall, OCD Texas will host our annual OCD Awareness Week Conference on Saturday, October 7th to be held in Austin, TX. We are happy to return to our roots and offer stellar education and support programming for the community by leading professionals in the field.  Stay tuned to our website for more details.We are aimed for growth and development in the new year. OCD Texas is currently in the early stages of developing a peer mentorship program to offer brief, experience-based support to individuals and families who are new to the OCD therapy journey or in a place of transition. Mentoring others offers meaningful opportunities to give back, share hope, and inform beginners. Those interested in participating as a mentor or mentorship oversight team member should contact mentor@ocdtexas.org to learn more.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 2nd to join us for our 3rd Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk. In 2017, we were joined by virtual grassroots walks in Austin and Dallas. If you are interested in participating in this year’s walk, please reach out to info@ocdtexas.org.
We are proud to have co-sponsored January’s General Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) Welcome Reception in Houston to allow our team to connect with participants and specialists who attended the training. IOCDF developed the BTTI to address the shortage of therapists properly trained in using CBT to treat OCD. A guiding principle of OCD Texas’ mission is to educate professionals about OCD and related disorders in order to improve the quality of treatment provided, as well as to improve access to appropriate resources.