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Friday, July 18 • 1:45pm - 3:45pm
OCD in the Media

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Because of its complex and multifaceted nature, OCD presents a significant challenge to all those involved in media projects. People on both sides of the camera must find a way to portray the disorder accurately and convey the hope that treatment offers. In this presentation, longtime news anchor and OCD author Jeff Bell moderates a discussion of these issues with a panel of experts. With the help of audio and video clips, panelists will offer case studies of OCD media coverage. Additionally, panel members will discuss the specific challenges confronting the OCD community in depicting the disorder and its treatment, and pass along practical tips and advice that attendees can use to help share the “OCD story” in their own communities. 


Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell is an author, health advocate, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established Bell as a leading voice for mental health awareness and "Greater Good" motivation. Bell is actively involved with the International OCD Foundation, for which he serves as a board member and national spokesman. In 2011, he co-founded the nonprofit A2A Alliance... Read More →

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Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski

Faculty, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski, Ph.D., LMSW is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a differents in those living with OCD. She is a national spokesperson for the IOCDF. Elizabeth is on the faculty of the Diana Garland... Read More →
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Jeff Szymanski, PhD

Executive Director, IOCDF
Jeff Szymanski, Ph.D., is currently the executive director of the International OCD Foundation. Previously, Dr. Szymanski was the Director of Psychological Services at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute. He is the author of: “The Perfectionist’s Handbook” based on his work at the OCD Institute. As a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Szymanski has supervised pre-doctoral psychology interns... Read More →
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Ro Vitale

Owner-Director, Ro Vitale Music
Ro Vitale | Singer-songwriter, advocate for OCD awareness. |   | Ro Vitale is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Argentina who suffers from severe OCD. Not long after her diagnosis she decided to go public with her struggles in a major magazine. The article made a huge impact (more than 40.000 hits), marking the beginning of an intense advocacy journey. She has since been featured on several TV shows, magazines (including the... Read More →

Friday July 18, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Beverly Hills, California Level

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