The OCD and the Brain Team
Dr Tobias Hauser
Principal Research Fellow
Tobias Hauser is interested in the neurocomputational processes underlying learning and decision making, and how these go awry in developmental psychiatric disorders. Tobias investigates how cognitive biases in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can help us better understand the neurocomputational mechanisms underlying this disorder. His primary focus in on the influence of neurocognitive development on the emergence of psychiatric disordersduring adolescence.
Dr Tricia Seow
Tricia is a post-doc at the DevComPsy lab. She is interested in understanding the role of decision making and metacognition in mental health. Currently, her research focuses on uncovering mechanisms underlying obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and its psychotherapy towards predicting and improving treatment outcomes for the individual.
Alisa is a final-year PhD student at the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry & Ageing Research. In her PhD, she investigates the neurocomputational mechanisms underpinning obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She is using tools modern cognitive neuroscience and computational modelling methods to understand the computations the brain performs and how they might be altered in OCD.
CEO, OCD Action
Leigh has nearly 20 years’ experience in the voluntary and statutory sectors. She has held a number of senior leadership roles in national mental health charities and is proud to lead OCD Action’s team of staff and volunteers. She is passionate about increasing awareness of OCD as she believes there is a long way to travel before OCD is properly understood and everyone impacted by OCD has access to the right treatment at the right time.
Communications, PR and Engagement Manager
As well as managing communications, campaigns and engagement work, Cara also leads OCD Action’s Youth Service, including an e-Helpline support service for 14–25-year-olds struggling with OCD and related conditions. Cara is passionate about shifting the public perception of OCD and challenging misconceptions, believing that this is key to ensuring that everybody gets the treatment and support they need, when they need it.
International OCD Foundation
As the Program Director, Stephanie develops new programs for the entire IOCDF community, maintains the quality of the IOCDF’s current programming, and oversees all educational content on our various websites and print materials. Stephanie has worked for the IOCDF since 2013 and is passionate about public mental health. She has a Masters of Public Health (MPH) and a Masters of Social Work (MSW), and is a member of the American Public Health Association’s Mental Health and Public Health Social Work sections.
External Relations Manager
Chelsea acts as the liaison between the program and communication departments assisting in a variety of projects. She works to increase resources and support for the OCD community through program growth and raising awareness. Chelsea is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the women’s ministry vision team at CFBC-JV. Chelsea is passionate about her faith and giving back to her community.
Research Communications Specialist
Boris is responsible for assistance with the IOCDF Research Grant Program and other research-related projects, including writing and editing content for the OCD Newsletter. He is a recent MA Clinical Psychology graduate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has been involved in research for a variety of psychology laboratories and projects over the past five years.
Public Engagement Team
Public Engagement Manager
With over ten years’ experience in public engagement in research, Cassandra is the Public Engagement Manager at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging. She oversees a broad programme of engagement initiatives focused on embedding public engagement into the research process. The Centreʼs engagement programme aims to empower people with neurological and psychiatric disorders to contribute to and influence neurological research and rehabilitation.
Public Engagement Coordinator
Joanne is the Public Engagement Coordinator at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging. Supporting over 120 researchers and clinicians, Joanneʼs focus is to develop and deliver meaningful engagement practice. With a strong background in communicating science in accessible and engaging ways, she specialises in providing support and building agency within both the researchers and the patients groups that she works with.
Public Engagement Intern
Ken is a Public Engagement Intern at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging. Having seen the impact of dementia and OCD on his friends and family, Ken is passionate about communicating the lived experiences of people with neurological and psychiatric conditions.