OCD Chicago Names Expert from TV’s OBSESSED to Science Board

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Jeanne Ettelson, president of OCD Chicago, announced that Dr. Shana Doronn has joined other prominent mental health professionals as a member of OCD Chicago’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Shanna Doronn joins OCD Chicago’s Scientific Advisory Board (“SAB”) which provides guidance to OCD Chicago on medical and treatment matters and serves as an informal speakers bureau.

Dr. Doronn specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders. Her treatment modality is Cognitive Behavior Therapy with an emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). She treated patients on both seasons of A&E TV’s “OBSESSED” docuseries. Each episode explored the treatment progression of OCD sufferers as well as the adverse effects their disorder had on their friends and families.

Prior to establishing a successful private practice in Barrington, Illinois, Dr. Doronn practiced psychology at the UCLA Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment program. She trained under renowned treatment providers Gerald Tarlow, Ph.D., Jamie Feusner, M.D., and Karron Maidment, LMFT

Dr. Doronn is a Licensed Clinic Social Worker in Illinois and California. She received her Masters Degree from the University of Southern California and earned her doctorate from the University of San Francisco. She has practiced in the field of mental health since 1989.

OCD Chicago’s SAB is composed of nationally and internationally known experts in the treatment of OCD. The SAB is chaired by John Calamari, Ph.D. who is a professor and the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University. A sampling of other noted members of OCD Chicago’s SAB includes Karen Cassidy, Ph. D., owner and clinical director of the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center and a featured expert on Animal Planet’s show Confessions: Animal Hoarding; Gail Adams, Ed. D., author of Students with OCD: A Handbook for School Personnel and Dr. A.J. Allen, M.D., PhD, a psychiatrist and researcher with Eli Lilly.

OCD Chicago, well-known mental health organization, supports the informational and emotional needs of people with OCD, their families, educators, clergy, and the mental health professionals who treat them. OCD is a neurobiological disorder that affects one in 40 adults and one in 100 children of all racial cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. OCD Chicago reaches out with compassion and encouragement to assure people with OCD that they are not alone and help them manage the disorder.

For more information on OCD Chicago or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, visit http://www.ocdchicago.org. On its web site, the organization offers detailed facts about OCD, resources, personal stories from individuals with OCD, expert perspectives, and free, downloadable OCD Guides in English and Spanish for all age groups. For specific information on OCD in school, parents and educators should visit http://www.ocdeducationstation.org. People can also call OCD Chicago at 773-880-1635 to speak with someone knowledgeable about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.


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