The authors

Abramowitz, Jonathan ~ “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

AbramowitzJonathan S. Abramowitz, Ph.D. is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, and Director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an internationally recognized expert on anxiety disorders, especially obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Through his teaching, research, and writing, Dr. Abramowitz has made significant contributions to the field of anxiety disorders and OCD. He has published over 150 research articles, book chapters, and books on these topics and has won awards for his work from the American Psychological Association, International OCD Foundation, and the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz is Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders” and Associate Editor of “Behaviour Research and Therapy.” He maintains an active private practice in Chapel Hill, NC and devotes substantial time to training and supervising clinical psychology graduate students.


Baer, Lee ~ “The Imp of the Mind

Baer headshotLee Baer, PhD is an internationally-known expert in the evaluation and treatment of OCD and related disorders, the author of multiple books, and Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital. He co-founded both the first specialized OCD Clinic anywhere at MGH as well as the first OCD residential treatment program at McLean Hospital.

Dr. Baer was the first to bring international attention to the particularly painful problem of taboo obsessions in OCD, with the publication of his book “The Imp of the Mind”, which is used in bibliotherapy for this problem around the world.




Benton, Christine ~ “Talking Back to OCD

Christine M. Benton has over 20 years of experience as a writer and editor of books on psychology, self-help, consumer health issues, and other topics. A graduate of St. John’s College who resides in Chicago, Illinois, she has helped to develop numerous book projects as a freelance collaborator with publishers, professional associations, and authors.

Bloom, Sheri ~ “Out of the Rabbit Hole

author rabbit head shotSheri Bloom is a published writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her children’s book, Dream Write (Fall 2013, Wonderland Press) empowers children to face their fears using insight and humor. Her challenging past ignited a love for helping others overcome their personal Achilles’ heels. A former English and theatre teacher, Ms. Bloom writes an inspirational blog: where daily doses of spiritual sunshine can be found.






Challacombe, Fiona ~ “Break Free From OCD

Dr Fiona Challacombe is a research fellow and clinical psychologist working at Kings College London and the Maudsley Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma.  She is part of a national specialist service treating individuals with severe and complex OCD. Her research focuses on the impact of OCD on parenting and families, and investigating the delivery and refinement of CBT for parents with OCD.

Chupka, Tim ~ “Handling Your OCD: Attack of the Brain Monster

TimChupkaheadshotTim Chupka is an accomplished artist who has been drawing and painting all his life. He published various comic book stories with Komikwerks and has worked on storyboards for TV shows like Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles: Fast forward and the Dragonlance animated films. He is currently working on comic book projects with CCP comics, as well as painting and drawing commissions and illustrations. More of his artwork can be seen at He attended the Munson/Williams/Proctor Art Institute in Utica, NY and the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon Graphics. When not illustrating, he enjoys fitness and is a personal trainer. He is a nursing student as well currently attending his third semester in Nursing School. He lives in Dallas, Texas.




Davidson, William Michael ~ “The Dragon Who Pulled Her Scales

william davidsonWilliam Michael Davidson is the author of the children’s book, The Dragon Who Pulled her Scales, the short work entitled “Addicted to Love” and the upcoming novel, Living Sacrifice. He lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife and two daughters. He is working on additions to his children’s book series as well as his adult fiction novels.







Dotson, Alison ~ “Being Me With OCD

Alison dotsonAlison Dotson is a writer, copyeditor, and proofreader who was diagnosed with OCD at age 26, after suffering from “taboo” obsessions for more than a decade. Today, she still has occasional bad thoughts, but she now knows how to deal with them in healthy ways. Alison is the president of OCD Twin Cities, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and two rescue dogs.






Hyman, Bruce ~ “The OCD Workbook

bruce hymanDr. Hyman is a Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work who holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Florida State University. Since 1987, Dr. Hyman has devoted himself to improving the lives of patients with OCD and their family members, in addition to promoting greater community awareness and understanding of OCD in the Florida community and throughout the United States.

Dr. Hyman has published several books and articles on OCD, including his first book on OCD, co-authored with Cherry Pedrick, RN, The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder published in 1999 by New Harbinger Publications, has received outstanding  reviews and has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide. In addition, Dr. Hyman and Ms. Pedrick have co-authored  two books for teenagers, entitled “Anxiety Disorders” from Lerner  Publishing, and “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”.

Jenike, Michael A. ~ “Life in Rewind

michaelMichael A. Jenike, M.D.?, a world-renowned OCD expert, is a psychiatry professor
at Harvard Medical School and the founder and medical director of the
Massachusetts General Hospital Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean








Jensen, Jordan ~ “OCD is Hell” – exerpt from “Self Action Leadership”

Jensen headshot SA1Jordan Jensen, EdD, is a motivational speaker who has addressed/worked with over 15,000 people in over 400 audiences middle, high school, and college student  as well as professional audiences. in the U.S. Canada and Europe. He is the author of four books, including the recently published “Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Everything“, a reader-friendly, popular version of the material in Jensen’s dissertation, making his Self-Action Leadership theory and model easily accessible to a general audience. In this excerpt, Jordan describes his personal experience battling and learning to manage OCD. His experiences with OCD and other life challenges, informed his theory of Self Action Leadership as described in his book. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Jensen is one of several invited authors who will be speaking and signing their books at the OCD TEXAS San Antonio conference Oct 19 & 20.



Landsman, Karen J ~ “Loving Someone with OCD

Karen LandsmanKaren J. Landsman, PhD, is a psychologist specializing in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of children, adults, and families with obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders. She is currently in private clinical practice in Westfield and Chatham, NJ. Previously, she specialized at The Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.





March, John ~ “Talking Back to OCD

John MarchDr. March is Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. Following several years as a family practitioner in rural Montana, Dr. March trained in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin,  Madison.

Dr. March has extensive experience developing and testing the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral and pharmacological treatments for pediatric mental disorders. Widely published in the areas of OCD, PTSD, anxiety, depression ADHD and pediatric psychopharmacology, his most recent books are OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Manual and Phobic and Anxiety Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide to Effective Psychosocial and Pharmacological Interventions. In addition to published and ongoing research, Dr. March is active in teaching and training in the treatment of child and adolescent mental disorders locally, nation-wide, and internationally.

McMahon, Peggy ~ “Handling Your OCD: Attack of the Brain Monster

McMahon headshotPeggy McMahon, PhD. is a clinical psychologist, author and researcher specializing in treating OCD and OCD spectrum disorders. She has received specialized training in treating these types of disorders from the Behavior Therapy Institute and the Advanced Behavior Therapy Institute of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. She is the co-author of Handling Your OCD: Attack of the Brain Monster,  a graphic novel that teaches children tools to deal with OCD. She was recently featured in an article in the Dallas Morning News about the impact of hoarding on the lives of individuals afflicted with this disorder. She is the author of several journal articles on the impact of psychological issues on physical health. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed medical journals and has been presented at national and international medical conferences. Dr. McMahon earned her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and then completed a post doctoral fellowship at Texas Scottish Rite hospital for Children. She currently has a private practice in Plano, Texas and serves children, adolescents, and adults with a therapeutic approach marked by professionalism, accessibility and a depth of clinical knowledge.

Dr. McMahon is one of several invited authors who will be speaking and signing their books at the OCD TEXAS San Antonio conference Oct 19 & 20.


Mouton-Odum, Suzanne ~ ”Out of the Rabbit Hole

Suzanne Mouton-Odum headshotDr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Houston, Texas.  She has extensive training in cognitive behavioral treatment for Anxiety Disorders, Trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  She helps people of all ages who suffer with these problems.  Dr. Mouton-Odum is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center, Past President of both the Texas Psychological Foundation and the Houston Psychological Association.  She has published numerous scientific journal articles, presents at national conferences, and is co-author of two books: Out of the Rabbit Hole- A Road Map to Freedom from OCD and A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder: Effective Parenting Strategies for Children with Trichotillomania.  Dr. Mouton-Odum also is the Vice President of PsycTech, a company that translates psychological interventions into on-line, self-help strategies.  She has been the lead developer of,,,, PullFree (iphone application)and (currently in development).  These programs have helped thousands of people worldwide who otherwise would not have been able to access treatment.


Moritz, E. Katia ~ “Blink Blink Clop Clop

katia moritzE. Katia Moritz, Ph.D., ABPP is the Clinical Director of the NeuroBehavioral Institute (NBI) and a Psychoeducational Liaison for Academic Options.  She is a licensed psychologist in the States of Florida and Utah.  Dr. Moritz is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology.

In Florida, Dr. Moritz established the Anxiety Disorders Program at the Miami Children Hospital (Dan Marino Center), and founded the first Pediatric OCD Support Group in the region. Dr. Moritz was an early researcher in the area of developing innovative treatment approaches for pediatric OCD. Subsequently, she co-founded, together with Dr. Jonathan Hoffman, the NeuroBehavioral Institute (NBI), where her work involves coordinating and treating patients and their families, supervising clinicians and post-doctoral residents, and working with patients undergoing intensive outpatient treatment. In 2013, she relocated west to develop the NBI program in the state of Utah.

Dr. Moritz is dedicated to educating school personnel on early detection and management of pediatric anxiety and related disorders. Her current research interests concern empirical validation of creative methods to implement Behavioral Therapy in the treatment of OCD, and studying the effectiveness of intensive behavioral treatment protocols for anxiety.

Mukherjee, Sumi ~ “A Life Interrupted

sumiAuthor/Speaker Sumi Mukherjee has two decades worth of painfully acquired expertise in dealing with anxiety, bullying, depression and OCD. Since publishing his book in July 2011, Sumi has been working on taking his message to hundreds of people around the country so others can benefit from his story. He has also published in IOCDF’s newsletter. Sumi has spoken on numerous occasions focusing on impact of bullying on mental health as well as on bullying focused on diversity/cultural differences. Sumi has spoken to students, parents, teachers, school social workers and mental health professionals on several occasions. Sumi has been interviewed by FOX TV and by Radio Disney. Sumi was also interviewed recently by Rogers Memorial Hospital in connection with impact of prolonged bullying on mental health. He has recently completed the manuscripts for his second and third books. He was born in Calgary, Canada, and grew up in Minnesota, USA.

Sumi will be an invited guest author at the OCD TEXAS conference in San Antonio conference Oct 19 & 20 and will be available for interview in Texas during OCD Awareness Week.


Murphy, Terry Weible ~ “Life in Rewind

terry murphyTerry Weible Murphy is a twenty-five-year broadcast veteran who has served on the board of directors for the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. She is the mother of a son with obsessive-compulsive disorder.








O’Callaghan, Kerri ~ “Wibbly Wobblies That Live Inside My Tummy

O'CallaghanWhen Kerri O’Callaghan was 13 years of age, she was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Kerri’s book, Wibbly Wobblies That Live Inside My Tummy, is based on her personal experience with OCD.

Having experienced the illness in her own life, Kerri has also had the privilege of working with other young people (and their families) who have experienced the debilitating effects of the illness. ‘Wibbly Wobblies That Live Inside My Tummy’ is a powerful, useful and entertaining tool for families, parents, friends, health professionals, teachers, school counselors and young people who have been touched by the difficulties associated with living with OCD.

Kerri’s book describes the symptoms of OCD in the form of a children’s story, with beautiful illustrations. Any child or adult will warm to these descriptions and pictures.


Oldfield, Victoria Bream ~ “Break Free From OCD

Dr Victoria Bream Oldfield is a Clinical Psychologist working at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, Maudsley Hospital, London. She studied experimental psychology at the University of Oxford, clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and trained in CBT at the University of Oxford. Her research interests are in the phenomenology and treatment of OCD.

Pearson, Christina ~ “Pearls: Meditations on Recovery from Hair Pulling & Skin Picking

christina pearsonFor the last twenty years, Christina Pearson has devoted herself to improving the lives of people suffering with trichotillomania, skin picking, and related disorders. In this age of the internet, it may be hard to fathom just how little help or information was available just two decades ago. Before Christina founded the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC) in 1991, there was no place for people to get reliable information about these disorders, no way for sufferers to meet each other, and no one bringing together clinicians and researchers to improve understanding and treatment.

With few exceptions, Christina and TLC have played a vital role in all the advances that have taken place in this field since that time. The tenacity and creativity she has shown in her own successful struggle with hair pulling and skin picking only makes her more of an inspiration.


Pedrick, Cherry ~ “Loving Someone with OCD” and “The OCD Workbook

Cherry pedrickCherry Pedrick, RN, is a freelance writer with over twenty year’s experience as a nurse who is dedicated to helping people make positive changes in their physical, mental and spiritual lives. In 1994 she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, which began an intensive search for knowledge, effective treatment, and management of OCD. She has coauthored many books for people with obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Dr. Bruce Hyman. Now available in its third edition, it has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. In addition, Ms. Pedrick and Dr. Hyman have coauthored two books for teenagers: Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Ms. Pedrick is also the coauthor ofThe Habit Control Workbook, The BDD Workbook, and Helping Your Child with OCD. She lives in Lacey, WA with her husband and cats. You can read many of her articles and learn more about her books at



Pourchot, Becky ~ “I Look Better in Binary – Chapter: Spittoons aren’t just for cowboys


Becky PourchotBecky Pourchot is the author of four books including two based on her own life – I Look Better in Binary and Forgive Me Martha. She is also the author of the Hungry Ghost Series for young adults. She now lives with her husband and three kids in Flagler Beach, Florida. All of Ms. Pourchot’s books are available at







Rockwell-Evans, Kim ~ “Handling Your OCD: Attack of the Brain Monster


Rockwell-Evans-headshotKim Rockwell-Evans, Ph.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Richardson, Texas.  Dr. Rockwell-Evans is co-author of Handling Your OCD:  Attack of the Brain Monster. In addition to providing cognitive-behavioral therapy to individuals of all ages, she provides training for mental health professionals, and serves as a guest lecturer for university students studying counseling.  She has specialized in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders for the past 15 years, and has a total of 29 years of experience as a psychotherapist. She received her initial training in treating anxiety disorders under the supervision of James Wilson, M.A., who was a board member for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), and founder of the Phobia and Anxiety Center of the Southwest.  She is a graduate of the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI), which is sponsored by the International Association for OCD.  In addition, Dr. Rockwell-Evans has participated in several advanced behavioral therapy institutes for treating OCD that were sponsored by the IOCDF and the ADAA.


Rupertus, Kathleen ~ “Loving Someone with OCD

rupertusKathleen M. Rupertus, PsyD is a clinician at The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center, a private out-patient practice she opened in 2005.  Dr. Rupertus received her doctoral degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a clinical psychology program recognized for its training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).  She has specialized in cognitive and behavioral treatments of anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and adults for over 16 years.  She is a professional member of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, The Anxiety Disorders Association of America, The Trichotillomania Learning Center, The American Psychological Association, and the Delaware Psychological Association.  She has written many articles and is co-author of the book Loving Someone with OCD (New Harbinger, 2005).



Salkovskis, Paul ~ “Break Free From OCD

Professor Paul Salkovskis is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science and Programme Director of the forthcoming doctorate programme in clinical psychology at the University of Bath. He is editor of the scientific journal Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has published over 250 scientific papers and recently received the Aaron T Beck award for contributions to cognitive therapy.

Singer, Janet ~ “Continue On: A mother’s account of what hurt and what helped in her son’s recovery from severe OCD”


ocdtalk(headshot)1Janet Singer’s son Dan was completely debilitated by severe obsessive-compulsive disorder at the age of eighteen during his freshman year of college. Her family floundered and then fought their way through a disorienting maze of treatments and programs for almost two years, desperately trying to find the best help possible for him.

Dan has since made a remarkable recovery and Janet has become an advocate for OCD awareness, determined to spread the message that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable. Aside from being a regular contributor to PsychCentral, and Beyond OCD, Janet has been published on many other websites including the Anxiety Disorders of America and Mad in America. Her own blog, ocdtalk, receives over 10,000 hits monthly. She uses a pseudonym to protect her son’s privacy. This is Janet’s first book, and Dr. Seth Gillihan, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, is a contributor. The two are currently seeking representation.

Janet is one of several invited authors who will be speaking and signing their books at the OCD TEXAS San Antonio conference Oct 19 & 20.  She is available for interview.


St. John, Ray ~ “The Ray of Hope

ray st. JOhnRay St. John is a 19-year-old who has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  In his first book, The Ray of Hope:  A Teenager’s Fight Against Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Ray describes what it’s like being a teenager who has OCD and provides guidance for those who have OCD.  Finding X: One Family’s Solution to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is Ray’s second book on OCD. In his new book, which is co-authored by his mother, Ray tells more of his OCD story and how he overcame it.  Ray hopes that by writing his books, he can help those who deal with OCD find their way through it to a better life.

Ray is currently a sophomore in college and is thinking about a career in medicine or medical research.  His current focus is on neurobiology, an area he became interested in because of his experience with OCD.



Szymanski, Jeff ~ “The Perfectionist’s Handbook


szymanskiJeff Szymanski, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, worked at McLean Hospital’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI), a residential facility for individuals with severe and refractory OCD. During Dr. Szymanski’s tenure at the OCDI, he ran the Perfectionism group in which many of the ideas for his upcoming: “The Perfectionist’s Handbook”, were developed.

In 2008, Dr. Szymanski began working at the International OCD Foundation as the Executive Director. The Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; support research into the causes of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families; and advocate for the OCD community.

In the past few years, Dr. Szymanski has been more involved helping to increase awareness of anxiety disorders (and OCD in particular) through the media. He is currently a blogger for, has served as a consultant to and has been interviewed for multiple articles in newspapers, magazines, and radio across the country.

Watson, Emily ~ “On the Edge of Insanity

emily watsonEmily Watson is an aspiring author, makeup artist, and photographer who has lived much of her life battling mental illness. She received a BS in physics and led an active life ranging from traveling through Europe, going on dinosaur digs, ballroom dancing, scuba diving, and hanging out with friends before succumbing to her disorders. Despite her struggles, she is learning to overcome her illnesses and lead a full life filled with promise and adventure.






Weg, Allen ~ “OCD Treatment Through Storytelling


AllenWegheadshot(rev)-1Allen Weg, Ed.D., is a Licensed Psychologist.  He is Founder and Executive Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, an independent clinic in East Brunswick, specializing in individual as well as group cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.  The practice also specializes in Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, such as compulsive hair pulling and skin picking.

Dr. Weg is Co-Founder and Vice President on the Board of Directors of OCD New Jersey, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation.  He has been certified by the Trichotillomania Learning Center Training Institute as well as the Behavior Therapy Training Institute of the International OCD Foundation (BTTI), of which he is now a faculty member.  He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). Interviewed by NPR and recently featured on ABC’s TV show, 20/20: Primetime, Dr. Weg has been seen repeatedly in the media.

Dr. Weg will be the keynote speaker at the OCD TEXAS conference in San Antonio conference Oct 19 & 20 and is available for interview.

Zine, Edward ~ “Life in Rewind

ed zineEdward E. Zine is now a triumphant survivor working in Internet marketing at Diamond Cadillac and living with his wife and two daughters on Cape Cod after suffering one of the worst cases of OCD that Dr. Jenike had ever seen.

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