Events and Research

OCD Causes and Treatment

A Free Community Presentation in Support of OCD Awareness Week

Thursday, October 12th, from 7-8:30pm

Trinity Church Room 123 5200 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC

Presented by Bob Milan.  For further information, please call Bob Milan at 336-378-1200 or email at


NAMI at Duke and OCD North Carolina present:  OCD Onscreen

Thursday, October 12th at 7pm

Perkins Library, Room 217

Literary scholar and filmmaker Jon Lance Bacon examines the history of OCD on the big screen, from The Odd Couple to The Aviator, and considers what the movies reveal about our culture’s understanding of the disorder.  As part of the presentation, Bacon will also show his award-winning short film “Oh Crappy Day”.  The film springs from Bacon’s own experience dealing with OCD, a condition that made him feel, for a long time, as if he were just too odd to find love and acceptance.

Free admission.  Beverages and snacks provided.


Understanding and Getting Help for OCD:
8th Annual Evening with Experts

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7pm-8:30pm

Cameron Village Regional Library (2nd floor meeting room), 1930 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605

As part of International OCD Awareness Week 2017, a panel of experts in obsessive compulsive disorder will offer a free program on OCD for the community.

Drs. Jon Abramowitz, Annette Perot, Jeff Sapyta, and Aureen Wagner, will share information regarding current developments in the treatment of OCD and then answer your questions regarding OCD in children, teenagers and adults.

Jon Abramowitz, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the OCD/Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of a self-help book for people with OCD entitled, “Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life.”

Annette Perot, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Durham, NC, where she has specialized in the treatment of adults with OCD and related disorders for over 20 years.

Jeff Sapyta, Ph.D.  is an Assistant Professor at Duke University Medical Center.  His research has focused on improving family-based OCD interventions for children and adolescents, and he also is involved in the training of psychiatry residents/fellows in administering CBT protocols for youth and young adults.

Aureen Wagner, Ph.D., clinical child psychologist and founder of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, NC, has authored several books on OCD, including: “Up and Down the Worry Hill,” “What to do When your Child has OCD,” and “Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents.”

The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) estimates that up to 4 million Americans, including 1 million children and teens, suffer from OCD. Early recognition of OCD symptoms is important, and OCD can be managed effectively with the right treatments.

The Oct. 10th event is sponsored by OCD North Carolina, the local affiliate of IOCDF, and is part of the annual OCD Awareness Week, which runs from Oct. 8-14, 2017. Events to promote OCD education and awareness will be held across the country all week long. Learn more and get involved at

QUESTIONS: Contact Annette Perot, Ph.D. with OCD North Carolina at (919) 205-8623


Research Opportunity

Family Dynamics in Adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Do you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? Are you in a romantic relationship? AND/OR do you have a child aged 6-17? If this is the case, you may be eligible to participate in a study exploring familial relationships in adults with OCD. As a result of the study, we hope to better understand the impacts of OCD on family life, and to shed light on specific familial issues relative to OCD.

Participation in the study includes a 15 to 30 minute interview, which may be conducted in person or through Skype. You will also be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires about your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and your romantic relationships and/or parent-child relationships. The whole procedure should take between 35 and 90 minutes.

To be eligible for this study, you must be 18 or over, have a primary diagnosis of OCD and either (a) be in a romantic relationship or have been in a relationship in the last six months, (b) have a least one child aged between 6 and 17 years old with whom you have a regular contact or (c) both.

This study is being conducted by Dr. Eric Storch, Ph.D. at the Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, USF. For further information, please contact the study coordinator, Dr. Valerie L.B. Ariza at or (727)898-7451