Founded in 1995, OCD Massachusetts is a non-profit affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). OCD Massachusetts is a locally based group made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others.
The mission and goals of OCD Massachusetts are to:
- Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Advocate and lobby for the OCD community in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
OCD Massachusetts is expanding! We recently welcomed Maria Fraire, PhD, to our board of directors. Dr. Fraire works with children and adolescents with OCD and related disorders. She is the director of clinical services at the McLean-Franciscan Child Community-Based Alternative Treatment Program. She is also involved in program development and staff training. We look forward to benefiting from her expertise as we continue to grow.
Our free lecture series in Belmont, Worcester and Northampton have remained steady through the harsh winter months. To view the schedules or any updates please visit our website. OCD Massachusetts has also been expanding our traveling lecture series, in which board members and other OCD experts present talks in the community about OCD. Dr. Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD, Vice President of OCD MA, presented recently to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Association about OCD. We are hoping to develop a page on our website for organizations to request a training or presentation on OCD and related disorders. In addition, OCD MA is looking to collaborate with bordering affiliates and local organizations to help with our mission of raising awareness and educating the community about OCD.
Finally, please mark your calendars for the 6th Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Jamaica Pond! Each year we have an OCD MA team and would love to have more members join us! It is a fun way to network, walk for a great cause and most importantly bring about awareness. We hope to see you there!