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What is OCD Challenge?

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The OCD Challenge website was designed by leading providers, researchers and advocates in the field to improve assess to care for OCD. Through an interactive experience, you can customize the program to tackle your specific Obsessive Compulsive Disorder symptoms. Allow the OCD Challenge to help you learn the skills and strategies needed to manage your OCD. Through each step of the program, you will confront your OCD and move toward positive change and a reduction in your symptoms. OCD Challenge uses the principles of exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) (the treatment of choice for OCD) to help the users confront and challenge their OCD. OCD Challenge is not therapy and there is not a therapist on the other end of the computer telling you what to do. Instead, OCD Challenge is a program built to interact with the user in a way that is interesting, useful, and moves the user toward change. OCD Challenge was developed to be used in addition to in-person therapy, as a relapse prevention tool or as a sole-intervention when access to ERP is not possible. We hope you will find the OCD Challenge to be a useful tool in helping you learn to manage your OCD so that you can live the fulfilling life you deserve.

Bios

OCD Sufferer

Elizabeth McIngvale

Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Menninger department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Dr. McIngvale’s clinical interest focus on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, mental health stigma and access to mental health care. Dr. McIngvale works with patients with OCD at BCM, engages in research related to OCD and serves as a mental health advocate. Elizabeth is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder also known as OCD. Elizabeth’s foundation founded the OCD Challenge in an effort to increase access to care for individuals with OCD. Elizabeth was the first ever national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and is a licensed therapist in Texas. Elizabeth received her bachelors and masters in social work from Loyola University Chicago and her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Houston. Elizabeth is a renowned speaker on both the local and national level speaking on behalf of OCD, mental illness and mental health stigma. Elizabeth is dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless; being a social worker allows her to continue her work in the field and to stamp out the stigma of mental illness every day.

OCD Specialist

Martin Franklin, Ph.D

Dr. Martin Franklin is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Franklin received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He has devoted his career to the study of anxiety and body-focused repetitive behaviors (such as chronic tic disorders and trichotillomania, TTM) in children and adults. His clinical and research careers have centered on these disorders, with a particular emphasis on developing and disseminating effective treatments. Dr. Franklin has published theoretical, clinical and empirical papers and chapters, as well as treatment manuals.

Currently, Dr. Franklin is a principal investigator of several multicenter studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health including an examination Cognitive Behavioral Therapy augmentation in Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors partial responders as well as an examination of the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for very young children with OCD. As the principal investigator on these multicenter studies, Dr. Franklin is a leading member of the Pediatric OCD Study team (POTS). The POTS team has set the precedent for the development of new practice guidelines for the treatment of OCD in youth through this momentous research projects.

Dr. Franklin was the key contributor to the programmatic flow and clinical blueprint for the OCDChallenge program. Dr. Franklin used his years of clinical and research expertise to help create the premiere web-based OCD program that is based on the principles of Exposure and Response Prevention treatment. He also serves as a clinical guide for users as they progress through the program.

Melinda Stanley

Melinda Stanley, Ph.D. is Professor and Head of the Division of Psychology in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. She holds the McIngvale Family Chair in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research and a secondary appointment as Professor in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Stanley is a licensed clinical psychologist and senior mental health services researcher at the Houston Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, and an affiliate investigator for the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC). Dr. Stanley has published many papers related to the nature and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder and trichotillomania, as well as the identification and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in older adults. She has over 150 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters, and books.

Dr. Stanley served as a consultant to this project and contributed her clinical expertise regarding the treatment of OCD. She was instrumental in guiding user interaction and program content.

Web Development Team

Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum

Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice since 1995. She specializes in treating people who suffer from Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in particular. Dr. Mouton-Odum is the President of eInnerAct, Ltd. and has been a pioneer in developing interactive, self-help programs for the past ten years. Other programs that she contributed significantly to the development of include: www.stoppulling.com, www.stoppicking.com, and www.daretoquit.com. Dr. Mouton-Odum has served on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Trichotillomania Learning Center (an international non-profit organization helping people with compulsive hair-pulling and skin-picking disorders) since 2001. Dr. Mouton-Odum contributed to the development www.OCDChallenge.org by helping to translate the complex treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder into an easy-to-use, self-help interface that can be used with or without the assistance of a therapist.

Dr. Robin Reamer

Robin Reamer, Ph.D. is the president and co-founder of PsycTech, Ltd. and the vice-president and co-founder of eInnerAct, Ltd. Both companies develop and market interactive, Internet-based, social and behavioral self-help programs for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Reamer’s innovation in adapting research-based interventions to online formats brings solution-focused and wellness-oriented programs to people across the world. She has contributed to the development of StopPulling.com, StopPicking.com, DareToQuit.com, and OCDChallenge.com. PsycTech, Ltd. and eInnerAct, Ltd. goals are to continue developing new Internet-based self-help programs that can reach an audience who do not have access to professionals and assist them in developing healthy skills that can be used throughout their lives. Dr. Reamer is a licensed psychologist serving individuals in Houston, Texas through her independent practice.

Research Team

Dr. Patrick S. Bordnick

Dr. Patrick S. Bordnick is a Professor with the University of Houston-Graduate College of Social Work. Dr. Bordnick has over 17 years experience in clinical and laboratory research on cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, amphetamine, and nicotine addiction. Research interest areas include clinical medication trials, treatment development, human laboratory studies, virtual reality, and novel data collection/techniques. Dr. Bordnick has research grants from l NIH grants for nicotine craving, alcohol craving, and VR alcohol treatment development. Dr. Bordnick is also Co-researcher on many NIH funded projects and has had numerous state and privately funded projects on drug craving and reactivity. Dr. Bordnick received an international award in 2004 for outstanding scientific merit in VR drug abuse research from the Canada Chair in Cyber Psychology.

Dr. Bordnick envisions a world where humans interact seamlessly with technology, to improve teaching, research, therapy, and aid in knowledge building. Using technology to solve real-world problems has been the hallmark of Dr. Bordnick's work. Current projects include Virtual reality systems for assessing drug use triggers and craving, Virtual reality treatment software for nicotine dependence, Virtual reality programs for studying drug use contexts, web-based self-help programs for OCD and program to aid veterans to locate resources, and testing clinical teaching systems based on artificial intelligence platforms. Dr. Bordnick is one of the foremost experts in the world on virtual reality cue reactivity.