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.
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 a licensed psychologist. 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.
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.
Board Member at Large: Jason Spielman, Psy.D.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Dr. Jason Spielman, a Florida Licensed Clinical Psychologist, is the Director of Intensive Treatment & Residential Support Programs at the NeuroBehavioral Institute, in South Florida. For almost 20 years, Dr. Spielman has helped individuals and families with psychological problems, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorder, Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and ADHD. Dr. Spielman is a graduate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Pediatric Behavior Therapy Training Institute (IOCDF PBTTI), the President of the Broward Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association, and a Federal Key Psychologist.