About Us: Introduction

OCD Education Station

Beyond OCD -- Committed to OCD Education and Support

Beyond OCD, the leading provider of consumer-friendly resources to help sufferers cope with and conquer Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), works to increase public and professional awareness of OCD, educate and support people with OCD and their families, and encourage research into new treatments and a cure.

Why We Created the OCD Education Station

OCD can be particularly difficult for young people at school, and OCD can seriously impact academic performance and social development.  With this in mind, Beyond OCD created the OCD Education Station web site.  Here, school personnel can learn about the disorder, how to recognize it in the classroom and manage it day to day. The site is a resource for all school personnel who want to help make school life better for students with OCD.

Making a Difference

Beyond OCD is a small organization with a big heart.  Dedicated to improving the lives of people who suffer with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, we are a resource to individuals, families, mental health professionals, school personnel, clergy and the media.  Beyond OCD is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1994.

Our Services

Through education and outreach, we offer hope, interaction and encouragement to thousands of people each year.  In addition to the OCD Education Station web site, and our Beyond OCD web site, our services include:

Education About OCD

Our highly-acclaimed OCD Guides provide current, practical information for those with OCD who want to learn how to improve their lives through understanding OCD and committing to treatment.  The Guides include:

Relief from OCD - A Guide for People with OCD

How to Help Your Child - A Parent’s Guide to OCD

Got OCD? - A Guide for Teens

Overcoming OCD - A Guide for College Students

These are available as free downloads, or contact us if you wish to discuss your individual needs.

More OCD Information

Links on this web site will guide you to articles, books and web sites we’ve reviewed to make current information about OCD available.  Go to our Tools and Resources section.

Treatment Referrals

OCD-knowledgeable staff at Beyond OCD can provide a list of mental health professionals in the Chicago area who are specially trained to work with children and teens who have OCD. Contact us for more information. If you live outside the Chicago area, a list of treatment providers in your state is available at the International OCD Foundation web site. Support Referrals Information about Chicago-area support groups is provided to offer OCD sufferers and their family access to interaction with others who have OCD or are living with someone who does.  (Support groups should be supplemental to treatment by a qualified mental health professional.) In Chicago, we sponsor a mutual self-help group for adults with OCD and various related disorders as well as co-occurring depression or anxiety; a mental health professional helps facilitate the group.

Professional Education

We offer mental health professionals the opportunity to increase their knowledge of OCD and improve their ability to treat patients effectively.  We provide the most current information available.

Public Awareness

We provide OCD-knowledgeable speakers to large public meetings, organizations and the news media.  Our speakers help audiences understand more about OCD and reduce the stigma of mental illness.  Contact us to arrange for an appropriate speaker for your needs.

We believe in the power of personal connections. Our Chicago-area special forums give the OCD community the chance to come together to learn more about the disorder and meet one another.  These events feature treatment providers who share their knowledge and people who describe their real struggles with and triumphs over OCD.

For Clergy

Beyond OCD recognizes that when people are in crisis, they often turn to their church for help and guidance.  We work to educate clergy about the symptoms of OCD and how to guide individuals or families to contact Beyond OCD when they need help coping with OCD (or a related condition that may -- or may not -- be OCD).

For the Media

Beyond OCD works with representatives of the news media to provide accurate, timely information about OCD.  We provide expertise as a resource for news reports, medical segments and features, and welcome contact by representatives from print, broadcast and online media. Contact us for information about OCD or to arrange for an interview.  Or visit our Media Center.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Kenneth A. Wexler
Acting President

Donna B. Wilkens


Susan A. Richman
Honorary Chair

Sara Abelson

Richard R. Callahan

Pete Fawcett

Andrea Kayne Kaufman




President + CEO

Sally A. Ruecking   


Scientific Advisory Board

John Calamari, Ph.D., Chair - Professor and Chair Department of Psychology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences, North Chicago, IL;  Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology Rush Medical School, Chicago, IL

Gail Adams, Ed. D., Educational Consultant, IL

Albert J. Allen, M.D., Ph.D., Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, IN

Mona H. Berman, M.A., L.C.P.C., Private Practice, Northfield, IL

Karen L. Cassiday, Ph.D., A.C.T., Owner and Clinical Director, Anxiety & Agoraphobia Treatment Center, Deerfield, IL

Shana Doronn, L.C.S.W., Psy. D., UCLA OCD Intensive Treatment Program and Private Practice, Beverly Hills, CA

Kevin L. Gyoerkoe, Psy. D., The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center, Charlotte, NC

Brian Martis, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Assistant Chief of Psychiatry - VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System; Attending Psychiatrist - Anxiety Disorders Clinic, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Frederick E. Miller, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, North Shore University Health System, Evanston, IL

Mark A. Reinecke, Ph.D., Chief, Division of Psychology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, IL

Bradley C. Riemann, Ph.D., Director, OCD Center & Cognitive Behavior Services, Rogers Memorial Hospital Oconomowoc, WI

Melanie Santos, Psy.D., Director Chicago Office, Anxiety & Agoraphobia Treatment Center

Pamela Wiegartz, Ph.D., Director of CBT Services and Training, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA    

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