Thröstur Björgvinsson, Ph.D., ABPP, is the founder and director of the OCD & Anxiety Program of Houston, a specialized residential treatment center for OCD and anxiety, and a co-founder and co-director of the OCD & Anxiety Program of Los Angeles. He is also an associate professor of psychology at the department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; the director of the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program at McLean Hospital, and co-director of psychology training at McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Björgvinsson has a national and international reputation as a clinical innovator, particularly in the implementation of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for the treatment of severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. He has published over 70 scholarly articles and given over 300 presentations and workshops, nationally and internationally, on evidence-based treatments for OCD, anxiety disorders and depression.
“It is tremendous honor and a pleasure to be able to serve as this year’s Grand Marshall for the #1Million4OCD Walk in Houston, co-hosted by OCD Texas. This grassroots effort to deconstruct stigma and educate people about OCD and related disorders started five years ago with Denis Asselin’s five hundred mile walk in memory of his son Nathaniel. His efforts have now turned into a country wide educational effort to reach out to others and educate people about OCD. I have been working with and treating individuals with OCD for over 20 years and I am always enthusiastic to be a part of the great work the IOCDF is doing for the OCD community. It is a challenging and rewarding experience to be a part of such an amazing organization that is working so hard to fight the stigma associated with mental illness and OCD in particular. It is humbling and encouraging to be a part of the important work that OCD sufferers and their families go through in claiming their lives as they overcome and address such a debilitating disorder.”