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Our Patron and Advisory Panel have been selected and put in place to ensure that Maternal OCD receives the highest medical support in our decision making.

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Maternal OCD Patron

Dr. FIONA LUCY CHALLACOMBE M.A., D.Clin.Psy

Fiona ChallacombeWe are delighted to introduce our new Patron, Dr. Fiona Challacombe. Fiona Challacombe is a research fellow and clinical psychologist working at Kings College London and the Maudsley Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma.  She is part of a National Specialist service treating individuals with severe and complex OCD. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of OCD on parenting and families. She is currently investigating the delivery and refinement of cognitive-behaviour therapy for mothers with OCD, in order to increase the benefit to parents and children.

Maternal OCD Advisory Panel

  

Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald

Stephanie FitzgeraldDr Stephanie Fitzgerald is a Clinical Psychologist and is currently working within the University of Reading as Director of Clinic and as a lecturer on various courses training practitioners to deliver evidence-based therapies. Stephanie has a long-held interest in anxiety disorders, particularly Panic Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and is especially interested in working with family members and those around the individual with the diagnosis, as well as the person themselves. Stephanie’s doctoral research focused on the experiences of partners of those with a diagnosis of OCD and Stephanie runs a variety of workshops and talks on the treatment of OCD and involvement of family members/ partners.

Dr Anne Perry

Anne PerryDr Anne Perry did her medical and psychiatric training at St George's  Hospital in London before taking up her first post as a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in CBT at the Homerton Hospital, Hackney in 2000.  She moved to the private sector in 2006 and now works at both The Priory Ticehurst House in East Sussex and Cygnet Hospital, Godden Green in Kent. She has a longstanding interest in treating anxiety disorders, particularly OCD, and has previously worked at both the national specialist OCD in-patient service at Springfield Hospital in Tooting and the OCD in-patient unit at the Bethlem Hospital.

Dr Blake Stobie

Blake Stobie

Dr Blake Stobie is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society, and an accredited member of the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists. Blake has worked for the last 11 years at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Maudsley Hosptial. He heads a team which offers specialist CBT outpatient treatment to people with severe OCD who have not maintained gains from previous treatments. Blake teaches and trains on several different clinical psychology and CBT training programmes. He has a particular interest in working with family and friends of people affected by OCD.

Dr Elizabeth Forrester - details to follow

Maternal OCD Consultants

Dr Adam Radomsky

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Dr. Radomsky was the Founding President of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies - Association Canadienne des Thérapies Cognitives et Comportementales (CACBT-ACTCC) and is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Concordia University in Canada. He joined Concordia in 2001 after the completion of his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia and a fellowship at Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts General Hospital. At Concordia, he directs the Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Laboratory. His research investigates cognitive, behavioural and emotional aspects of OCD and a number of other anxiety disorders. He has received several national and international awards for his work including the Canadian Psychological Association's President's New Researcher Award (2007), being named a Beck Institute Scholar (2005-06) and receiving a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award (2004-09). Dr. Radomsky has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to his work on cognition, behaviour and the anxiety disorders, and is a frequent invited speaker at national and international conferences. His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Radomsky is also a member of L'Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec and is certified in cognitive therapy CACBT-ACTCC, and by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. In his clinical practice he specializes in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for adult anxiety disorders with a focus on working with people who struggle with OCD.

Dr Liz McDonald - photo to follow

Dr Liz McDonald is an experienced Consultant in Perinatal Psychiatry based at East London Foundation Trust where she is Clinical Lead for perinatal Mental Health. She is Chair of the Section of Perinatal Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a member of the Guideline Development Group for the NICE APMH Guideline, an executive member of the Association of Infant Mental Health, a member of the Independent Advisory Group on Maternal. Neonatal and Infant Health and Chair of the Pan-London Perinatal Mental Health Network. She is committed to the development of comprehensive and equitable mental health services for pregnant and postnatal women.

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