Research & Professional Development

As part of its mission, OCD TEXAS supports research on OCD as well as professional development training for clinicians to become OCD treatment experts.

In 2012, we awarded our first Research and Professional Development Awards to support research on OCD as well as professional development training for clinicians currently practicing in Texas to become OCD treatment experts.

OCD Texas Research Awards

As part of its mission, OCD TEXAS supports research toward better understanding of and more effective treatments for OCD and related disorders. The awards recognize outstanding achievement of completed research or promising work in current or proposed research in the State of Texas.

A nominee or applicant for a Research Award is encouraged but not required to hold current membership in OCD TEXAS. (Membership in IOCDF automatically confers membership in OCD TEXAS for persons living in Texas.)

OCD Texas Professional Development Awards

As part of its mission, OCD TEXAS seeks to improve access to resources for sufferers and their families so that individuals afflicted with OCD and related disorders can better identify, seek, and gain access to appropriate support and affordable treatment. Toward this goal OCD TEXAS promotes advanced specialty training in evidence-based, effective treatments for OCD among experienced clinicians in active practice in the State of Texas.

Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) Scholarship Awards: The International OCD Foundation offers the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI), an in-depth, three-day intensive training course in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for mental health professionals who are treating individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders. The BTTI was developed to help address the shortage of therapists properly trained in using CBT to treat OCD and related conditions around the country and around the world. The faculty of each BTTI is made up of some of the most experienced and well-respected OCD therapists in North America, most of them being members of the IOCDF’s Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board. OCD TEXAS professional development awards, scholarships to cover in full or offset the cost of BTTI tuition, aim to encourage clinicians in the state of Texas to seek BTTI training.

Other Professional Development Scholarship Awards: A nominee or applicant may also receive an OCD TEXAS Professional Development Award in support of other advanced specialty training in evidence-based, effective treatments for OCD among experienced clinicians in active practice in the State of Texas. The nominee or applicant must provide documentation in support of the quality and appropriateness of the training they have received or plan to receive.

All nominees or applicants for a Professional Development Award for BTTI or other professional training must:
Be a psychologist, social worker, or mental health counselor currently licensed and actively practicing in the State of Texas, with an intention and expectation to continue to practice in Texas for at least two years.
Be licensed to practice psychotherapy independently. If he/she is unlicensed and/or requires supervision, he/she will only be considered for this scholarship award opportunity once he/she licensed and is no longer required to be supervised.
Be a current member of OCD TEXAS. (Membership in IOCDF automatically confers membership in OCD TEXAS for persons living in Texas.)

Peer Specialist Training and Certification: Professional Development Award recipients may also be awarded to OCD advocates seeking peer specialist training and certification. Via Hope currently offers this training and certification in Texas. Nominees or applicants in this category are encouraged but not required to be a current member of OCD TEXAS. (Membership in IOCDF automatically confers membership in OCD TEXAS for persons living in Texas.)

Preference will be given to treatment providers and peer specialists working in areas of Texas currently underserved by qualified OCD treatment providers and peer specialists, including but not limited to Dallas Fort Worth and San Antonio.

Nominations/Applications Process

We are not currently accepting applications for research and development awards. Check back for more information on when this application process will reopen.

Ongoing research — online

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are conducting two online studies about the relationships of individuals with OCD or hoarding. Each study involves completing questionnaires online about relationships, emotions, OCD, and hoarding. You must be at least 18 to participate. Those who participate may enter into a raffle for a Target gift card. The information gathered from this study may help to improve therapies for OCD and hoarding.

For individuals with OCD and/or hoarding: click here.

For relatives and significant others of those with OCD and/or hoarding: click here.


To see other research studies both online and in the state of Texas, visit the IOCDF’s Research Participant Sought webpage by clicking here.