Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

Director, McLean OCD Institute

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, LCSW, is the Director of The McLean OCD Institute at Houston. Dr. McIngvale’s clinical interests focus on OCD, anxiety disorders, mental health stigma and access to mental health care. Dr. McIngvale maintains an active clinical, research and leadership role as the director of the McLean OCD Institute at Houston.

She was the founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to OCD which was recently acquired by the International OCD Foundation (iocdf.org). She was the first ever national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation where she now serves on their board of directors and as one of their national advocates.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Loyola University Chicago, her PhD in social work at the University of Houston and her MBA from Kellogg’s School of Business Management at Northwestern University.

Dr. McIngvale engages in advocacy, clinical work, research and teaching related to OCD and anxiety disorders. She is a renowned speaker on both the local and national level speaking on behalf of OCD, mental illness and mental health stigma. Dr. McIngvale has received numerous awards for her advocacy and impact on the mental health field and currently serves as a director on 4 boards and on the board of visitors at the University of Houston as well as the presidents council at KSBJ. She is internationally known and recognized for her clinical work and advancements in the OCD field. Dr. McIngvale is dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless and is grateful for a career which allows her to improve the lives of those living with a mental illness every day.

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