Jeff Szymanski, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, worked at McLean Hospital’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI), a residential facility for individuals with severe and refractory OCD. During Dr. Szymanski’s tenure at the OCDI, he ran the Perfectionism group in which many of the ideas for his upcoming: “The Perfectionist’s Handbook”, were developed.
Dr. Szymanski has a long track record of teaching and training. As a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, he has supervised pre-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and has run Cognitive Behavior Therapy seminars. With over 40 professional presentations, Dr. Szymanski also provides intensive trainings, most recently in Shanghai, China.
In 2008, Dr. Szymanski began working at the International OCD Foundation as the Executive Director. The Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; support research into the causes of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families; and advocate for the OCD community.
In the past few years, Dr. Szymanski has been more involved helping to increase awareness of anxiety disorders (and OCD in particular) through the media. He is currently a blogger for WebMD.com, has served as a consultant to ABCNews.com and has been interviewed for multiple articles in newspapers, magazines, and radio across the country.