President: Marni L. Jacob, Ph.D.
Boca Raton, FL
Dr. Jacob received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. She previously completed a 3-year fellowship at the University of South Florida (USF) Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry, which specializes in research and treatment of OCD and Related Disorders, and she also previously worked at the University of Florida (UF) OCD program. Dr. Jacob has published over 40 journal articles, written several book chapters, and engaged in numerous presentations on OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders. Currently, she has a private practice in Boca Raton, FL, where she specializes in OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders. Dr. Jacob is excited about increasing awareness of OCD and Related Disorders in Central and South Florida, and hopes that the OCDCSFL affiliate will be an excellent new resource for the community!
Vice President: Katie Merricks, Ph.D.
Dr. Merricks received her Ph.D. from the combined program in Counseling and School Psychology from Florida State University and is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Merricks specializes in CBT with an emphasis on ERP for treating OCD and Related Disorders. She completed training at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg Florida. Dr. Merricks also completed training at the University of South Florida’s (USF) Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry focusing on OCD and Related Disorders. More recently. Dr. Merricks worked two years at Rogers Behavioral Health focusing on the treatment of children and adolescents with OCD and Related Disorders. She now works full-time in a private practice in Clearwater, Florida focusing on individuals with OCD and anxiety-related disorders. Dr. Merricks looks forward to being a part of the change that will take place in the community because of OCDCSFL.
Treasurer: Joseph Brand, Ph.D.
Delray Beach, FL
Dr. Brand first became involved in OCD research and treatment as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, and he went on to receive his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University. He now works in Delray Beach at the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders, where he specializes in treating anxiety, OCD and related disorders. Dr. Brand is excited for the opportunity to serve on the board of OCDCSFL and hopes to make a significant contribution in raising awareness about OCD and helping those who suffer find an appropriate, effective treatment.
Secretary: Lindsay Stewart, Ph.D.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dr. Lindsay Stewart received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed specialized training at the University of Miami in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, including Exposure and Response Prevention, for OCD and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Stewart currently serves at the clinical supervisor for the Anxiety Treatment Clinic at Nova Southeastern University where she trains doctoral students in the provision of evidence-based treatment for anxiety, OCD, and related concerns. Dr. Stewart also maintains a private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Stewart is excited about the opportunity to be involved with OCDSCFL and increase awareness of OCD, and resources available for people affected by OCD throughout the Central and South Florida community.
Board Member at Large: Linda W. King, RN, MS
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Linda comes to the OCD board as a parent of a child with OCD and a professional. As the parent of a teenage son with OCD, she hopes to bring a different perspective and support parents looking for appropriate treatment, namely exposure and response prevention (ERP). Linda received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami. She worked as a Registered Nurse in the neonatology for 5 years. Linda then received a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Barry University and worked as a LMHC for over 27 years performing both individual and couples counseling in the private practice settings. Linda is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist and marital therapy has been her professional focus for 15 years. Linda has also recently training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her personal passion is to become more involved with OCD public awareness and especially supporting parents to be part of the treatment for their child with OCD. She is excited to be part of this IOCDF affiliate.
Jason Spielman, Psy.D., a Florida Licensed Psychologist, is the Clinical Director of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Florida. For 20 years, Dr. Spielman has treated individuals and families specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Anxiety Disorders (social anxiety, general anxiety, school anxiety), Panic Disorder, Tic Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Trichotillomania, Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders (BFRD’s), Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections/ Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANDAS/PANS), the Fear of Flying, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Dr. Spielman is a graduate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Pediatric Behavior Therapy Training Institute (IOCDF PBTTI), has primary and advanced certification in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the PANDAS Network, is the President of the Broward Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association (FPA), and a Federal Key Psychologist.
Dr. Dholakia is a board-certified psychiatrist who works with people of all ages to help enable mental, emotional, and behavioral changes that lead to improving and maximizing well-being. In addition to his work with children, teens, and their families, he helps corporate executives, physicians, and other professionals with stressful careers create balance and equanimity in their lives.
Dr. Dholakia specializes in psychopharmacology and uses evidence-based treatments—including medication management, appropriate psychotherapeutic recommendations, and lifestyle adjustments—to ensure your treatment plan offers you the best possible support. Dr. Dholakia treats a wide range of pediatric and adult disorders, with a special interest in OCD. Dr. Dholakia also provides comprehensive second opinion evaluations for complex cases that are not responding to treatment.
Nicole followed the all too common path of struggling with OCD for years without being diagnosed or treated correctly. Once being diagnosed correctly and receiving exposure-response prevention therapy, it was not long before she was on a good path. She kept wondering how she could help others receive appropriate information on OCD. Nicole resigned from her corporate job and received a Master in Clinical Social Work from the University of South Florida. Afterwards, she completed a fellowship with the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Pensacola. Currently, she is working as a therapist at Suncoast Center, a community mental health center in St. Petersburg. Nicole is excited to be able to bring her personal, management, and therapeutic experience to OCDCSFL in hopes of contributing to the dissemination of information about this very treatable disease.
Dr. Lamb received her doctorate from The George Washington University, and worked for a number of years at The Johns Hopkins University conducting comprehensive clinical research evaluations for multi-generational family members with OCD and other anxiety-related research. She has received advanced certifications in OCD and pediatric OCD treatments from the Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Lamb worked at Alvord, Baker and Associates, a large group practice in the Washington DC metro area, for 7 years and was the consulting psychologist at The Auburn School in Silver Spring, MD, a private school for children with mild to moderate social and/or communication challenges. She enjoys opportunities to present and discuss with parents, students and professionals on the topics of the neuroscience of anxiety, OCD and perfectionism. Dr. Lamb has a private practice in Tampa, FL, where she specializes in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, and related disorders. For more than 15 years, she has worked with families with OCD and is passionate about increasing awareness and providing hope to those impacted. She looks forward to this opportunity to join the Board of the OCDCSFL.