The Professional Networking SIG is designed to build relationships and foster collaboration among mental health professionals in the fields of OCD, anxiety, and related disorders. This group focuses on various interests such as research, pediatric treatment providers, practice development, early career development and a rotation of continued education topics, breaking into small groups to foster relationships with other professionals with similar interests. This SIG is for students and trainees, to seasoned professionals at all levels in their careers, allowing an opportunity to network with and potentially build mentorship relationships.

SIG Leadership:

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, LCSW


Monthly meetings where members meet within a focused breakout group.

About Monthly Professional Networking Meetings:

Please join us if you are interested in expanding your professional network, meeting others in the field, and learning from other professionals, about a variety of subjects. Meetings are open to students, trainees, and junior and seasoned professionals in the OCD and related disorder world.

This group meets twice a month, on the 1st Monday of each month and the 3rd Friday of each month at 12 pm ET via Zoom. Click here to fill out the interest form and receive the link.

The following information provides more details about the breakout session topics within each meeting.

Breakout Groups on the 1st Monday of each month:

Special Topics Group

Facilitator: Michelle Stoyell-Conti, PsyD

A rotation of experts and therapists will present an in-depth discussion on topics related to the treatment of OCD and Related Disorders. Topics will be announced prior to the meeting.

Breakout Groups on the 3rd Friday of each month:

Practice Building and Program Development

Facilitator: Alison Bonifay, LPC

Consultation, support, and networking among fellow practice owners, program directors, and practitioners who are balancing clinical delivery with directorship and/or practice ownership.

Early Career Development

Facilitators: Stephanie Grimaldi, PhD and Amanda Belanger, B.S.

Topics relate to developing a career in psychology across all levels of training, from undergraduate to early career investigator.

This group helps individuals from all backgrounds develop their careers in psychology. Leaders aim to cover topics that will assist those at all training levels and include workshops geared towards preparing and applying to graduate school and obtaining an RA position, talks by current researchers studying OCD and related disorders, opportunities for collaboration, and peer support.

Want to Join the Professional Networking SIG?

This group is open to new membership. Please fill out the interest form to receive meeting information. If you have additional questions, please email