recorded webinar

OCD, COVID & Return to Life

Elizabeth McGinvale, OCD
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 1:00 pm
- 2:00 pm ET

Anxiety across the globe is at an all-time high with a pandemic that has brought fear and uncertainty to all. For individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), there has been a risk for increased symptoms, due to COVID-19 and increased isolation. Now, as states begin to re-open and individuals start to return to a more normal life, those with OCD may have greater struggles. How can those with OCD navigate the challenges, and continue to make progress? How can family and friends support them?

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Presenter(s) Biography

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

Member Since 2015

Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D. was diagnosed with OCD at age 12. She underwent both inpatient and outpatient therapy, eventually achieving success in her personal journey. Making a difference in the lives of those with OCD has become Elizabeth’s life goal.

Current activities:

  • Director of the McLean Houston OCD Program, one of the leading OCD treatment centers in the world
  • Creator of, a self-help website for OCD
  • Founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to improving access to care and treatment for OCD
  • Board member of IOCDF, the International OCD Foundation. Elizabeth was the first-ever national spokesperson for the IOCDF.

Dr. McIngvale and ADAA

"I have been involved in ADAA as early as graduate school. From conferences, resources to information, ADAA has been an incredible resource to me and our field. I enjoy the community and opportunity to be connected to a national organization with the goal in mind of providing effective care for individuals with an anxiety disorder. ADAA benefits the work that we do in every way from providing research and presentation opportunities, being a part of a community working towards the same goal and allowing us to be in the know about upcoming research and treatment for patients with anxiety and related disorders. I have recently been named the director of the newly formed McLean OCD Institute of Houston (, previously known as the Houston OCD Program. I am honored to be able to lead a group of amazing clinicians and staff to make a positive impact in lives of those with OCD and anxiety in Houston and across the globe. Thank you to ADAA for all that you do and will continue to do for providers and patients."

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