President: Natalie R. Noel, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Natalie is the president of the OCD Central & South Florida affiliate (OCDCSFL) of the International OCD Foundation. Natalie received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. Natalie worked at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and Rogers Behavioral Health in Tampa, Florida for three years. She maintains her own private practice, Anxiety & OCD Treatment of Tampa Bay, where she specializes in treating OCD, OC related disorders, anxiety disorders, and PTSD. Natalie is excited that OCDCSFL will help promote awareness about OCD and Related Disorders and provide appropriate resources to the community.
Vice-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!
Treasurer: Joseph Brand, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology
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 appropriate, effective treatment.
Co-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 evidenced-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.
Co-Secretary: Karina Dach, M.S.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Karina Dach graduated with her bachelor’s in Fine Arts and Psychology from Parsons School of Design and The New School Eugene Lang in New York City. She continued her education in the mental health field receiving her master’s in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Karina has specialized training in treating OCD and is passionate about helping people with OCD reclaim their lives and improve their overall health and wellness. Karina is excited to be a part of and contribute to the Central and South Florida OCD Affiliate and is looking forward to working closely with this team of exceptional mental health professionals.
Board Member at Large: Katie Merricks, Ph.D.
Dr. Merricks received her Ph.D from the combined program in Counseling and School Psychology from the Florida State University and is currently licensed as an LMHC. Dr. Merricks specializes in CBT with an emphasis in 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.
Honorary Board Member: Eric Storch, PhD
Dr. Eric Storch is Professor and All Children’s Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of South Florida. He serves as the Director of Research for Developmental Pediatrics at All Children’s Hospital – Johns Hopkins Medicine, and is the Clinical Director of Rogers Behavioral Health – Tampa Bay, which is a partial hospitalization program oriented for individuals with significant obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and/or eating disorders. Dr. Storch has received multiple grants from federal agencies for his research (i.e., NIH, CDC), is a Fulbright Scholar, and has published over 10 books and over 500 articles and chapters. He specializes in the nature and treatment of childhood and adult obsessive-compulsive disorder and related conditions, anxiety disorders, and anxiety among youth with autism.