LATINO is a large-scale collaborative effort of clinicians and scientists from across the US, Canada, and several Latin American countries. It is directed by Dr. Eric Storch, from Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. James Crowley, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Beatriz Gómez, Aiglé Foundation

Dr. Gómez is the President of the Aiglé Foundation, a private mental health institution founded in 1977 in Argentina. She is a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and co-coordinator of the Center for Research in Psychotherapy of the Aiglé Foundation. She is also a faculty member of the Graduate Training Programs of Aiglé Foundation with the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina, and is a professor of the master's in multidisciplinary interventions for eating disorders, personality disorders and emotional disorders, University of Valencia, in coordination with Aiglé Foundation and the Universidad Empresa de Valencia. Additionally, Dr. Gómez is a professor at the psychology career center at the University of Belgrano and the University of Palermo. She is the former director of the psychology department at the school of human sciences, Universidad de Belgrano, and is a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Beatriz Moyano, Interdisciplinary Center for Tourette's, OCD, ADHD and Associated Disorders (CITA)

Dr. Moyano has been the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Tourette's, OCD, ADHD and Associated Disorders (CITA) since 2004, and is focused on the clinical management and research in these disorders and in several cross-cultural studies. Additionally, she serves as the president of the research in the psychiatry chapter, is a PI at the postgraduate training institute, and is the co-founder of the work group of mindfulness, at the Argentine Psychiatrists Association (APSA). She is a professor for several master's level courses, and is a supervisor of a hospital's mental health services. She is an integrative PNIE and ACT therapy-oriented psychotherapist. Finally, Dr. Moyano is a Magister in Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience at Favaloro University, Argentina.

Melisa Sagarnaga, ALTOC Argentina

Ms. Sagarnaga has a degree in psychology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina, and is a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Flores (UFLO), Argentina. Ms. Sagarnaga has a specialization in cognitive behavioral therapy from UBA, and she also specialized in acceptance and commitment therapy and functional analytical psychotherapy at CIPCO. Ms. Sagarnaga is the current director of the Latin American Association of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ALTOC Argentina).

Paloma Rasal, Aiglé Valencia Association. International University of Valencia (VIU)

Dr. Rascal received her PhD in psychology from the University of Valencia and is a general health psychologist. She has worked as a senior research technician at the University of Psychology of Valencia. Her research has been developed mainly in psychological treatments and new technologies and processes in psychological intervention, where she has published several articles in scientific journals.

Tania Borda, PhD, Instituto Realize

Lic. en Psicología y Doctorada en la Universidad de Buenos Aires con más de 25 años de experiencia y trayectoria. Transmite, mediante la docencia y capacitaciones, su conocimiento sobre la salud mental en Argentina y el mundo.
Fundadora y Directora de “REALIZE”, el instituto psicológico y psiquiátrico dedicado a la investigación y tratamiento del TOC y a trastornos de ansiedad con más experiencia en Argentina.
Su inicio fue como discipula de los Dres. Fugen Neziroglu y Jose Anibal Yaryura Tobias dirigiendo la filial en Buenos Aires del Bio Behavioral Institute de New York-USA (2000), y actualmente el Instituto Realize cuenta con más de 22 años de trayectoria y éxito en sus tratamientos.

Jose Luis Perales, UTEPSA - ALTOC Bolivia

Dr. Perales is a psychologist in Bolivia with training in cognitive behavioral therapy and EMDR. He is the director of ALTOC Bolivia, with studies in behavioral activation, acceptance and commitment therapy, and serves people with OCD and related disorders. He's a collaborator of the LATINO OCD genomics project and works on the dissemination of digital content related to OCD.

Eurípedes Constantino Miguel, MD, PhD

Full Professor, Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP, University of São Paulo School of Medicine) and Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Since 2003, he has been Coordinator of the Brazilian Consortium for Research on Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (C-TOC). Prof. Miguel has published over 300 articles and edited 18 books.

Carolina Cappi, PhD

Carolina Cappi, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow in the Buxbaum lab at the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). Carolina's interests are in psychiatric genomics, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and pediatric psychiatric disorders, and in leveraging samples of diverse ancestry to facilitate gene discovery.

Carolina Blaya Dreher, Federal University of Health Sciences (UFCSPA) and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Dr. Carolina Blaya Dreher is a professor of psychiatry at UFCSPA and UFRGS, Brazil. She is a psychiatrist whose research interest includes anxiety disorders and CBT.

Gabriela Mourão Ferreira, Clinical Hospital of the Federal University of Paraná

Dr. Mourão Ferreira is a psychiatrist and received her PhD in psychiatry from the Institute of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. She is an adjunct professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine at the Federal University of Paraná - Brazil; clinician and coordinator of the OCD clinic at the Clinical Hospital of the Federal University Paraná, and is a member of GTTOC-Brazil.

Leonardo Fontenelle, Institute of Psychiatry of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Dr. Leonardo Fontenelle is a professor at the institute of psychiatry of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he directs the Anxiety, Obsessive, and Compulsive Research Program. Since 2011, he also has served as a Senior Researcher at the D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), a research institute funded by the biggest network of private hospitals in Brazil. In 2020, Dr. Fontenelle became an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Psychiatry of Monash University, in Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Ygor Arzeno Ferrão, Gaucho Research Network on Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Arzeno Ferrão is a psychiatrist, associate professor, chair of the medical residency program in psychiatry and chair of the Gaucho Research Network on Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders at the Porto Alegre Federal University of Health Sciences (UFCSPA). Since 2003, he has been a principal investigator of the Brazilian Consortium for Research on Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (C-TOC) and since 2020 he has also been a PI of the new Brazilian Consortium for Research on Genetics of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Ferrão has published over 150 articles about OCD.

Manuel Mattheisen, MD

Dr. Mattheisen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University. His research focuses on psychiatric genetics and his work has led to identification of disease-causing genetic variation in a variety of disorders, including schizophrenia, alcohol dependency, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), ADHD, autism, anxiety disorders, and major depressive disorder. Dr. Mattheisen co-chairs the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) TS/OCD disease working group.

Evelyn Stewart

Dr. S. Evelyn Stewart is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and a clinical and neuroscience researcher. She is a professor of psychiatry in the faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia and is founding director of the BC Children's Hospital Provincial OCD Clinic and Research Program in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Stewart is also the research director for BCCH Child, Youth and Reproductive Mental Health program and a member of BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services. She has authored over 130 original papers, reviews and chapters on family, clinical, and treatment aspects of OCD throughout the lifespan.

Paul Arnold, The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, University of Calgary

Dr. Arnold, MD, PhD is the inaugural Director of The Mathison Centre for Mental Health & Education and the Alberta Innovates Translational Health Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health at the University of Calgary. He is a Professor with the Departments of Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing at Alberta Children's Hospital. His research focuses on how genetic and environmental risk factors interact to influence the development of Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and on early interventions in child and adolescent mental health.

Matias Jensen, ALTOC

Dr. Jensen is a clinical psychologist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. He has specialized in clinical work for patients diagnosed with OCD. Dr. Jensen is currently leading the recruitment team at Evalueserve Chile, collaborating with ALTOC (Latin American Association of OCD) and LATINO (Latin American Trans-ancestry INiciative for OCD genomics).

Pablo Moya, Universidad de Valparaíso

Dr. Moya is a professor in the Institute of Physiology at the Universidad de Valparaíso, and is an associate researcher at the Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia de Valparaíso CINV, in Chile. His work focuses on the molecular basis of mood and anxiety disorders, combining psychiatric genetics and behavioral neuroscience. He earned a BS in Biochemistry from Universidad de Santiago and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Universidad de Chile, followed by postdoctoral training at NIMH.

Sary Torres Rioseco, ALTOC

Dr. Torres Rioseco is a clinical psychologist with 19 years of experience in mental health. She graduated from the Universidad Santo Tomás de Chile. She is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, with training and clinical experience in OCD, anxiety, and depression, and also has experience with treatment of Excoretion Disorder in children. Additionally, Dr. Torres Rioseco is a member of the Latin American Association of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ALTOC), as well as a member of the College of Psychologists of Chile.

Tomás Miño Landon, Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences of Valparaíso CINV

Dr. Miño Landon is a clinical child and adolescent psychologist, PUC. He received his master's degree in clinical child and adolescent psychology from the University of Chile. He has a specialization in CBT for OCD at Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital, and did his postgraduate work in clinical management of stress, anxiety and OCD, at the University of Palermo. Dr. Miño Landon is a member of IOCDF and ICOCSD, and is the founder and director of Hablemos de TOC. He also serves as the director of the clinical diploma in OCD: assessment and comprehensive treatment throughout the lifspan, in Adipa Chile/Mexico.

Macarena Churruca M

Macarena Churruca M., Academia Politécnica Naval

Es Psicóloga titulada de la Universidad Diego Portales. Especialista en Psicología Clínica de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Magíster en Ciencias biológicas de la Universidad de Valparaíso. Colaboradora del laboratorio de neurogenética de Dr. Pablo Moya. Actualmente es Asesora en investigación en la Academia Politécnica Naval de la Armada de Chile. Además, Psicóloga clínica en centro Centra (atención online).

Guillermo Dager-Perez, Corporación Universitaria Rafael Nuñez - ALTOC Colombia

Dr. Guillermo Dager-Perez is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who trained at the Universidad el Bosque de Bogotá. He is also a medical doctor for the Universidad del Sinú de Cartagena. He recieved his master's degree in addictions and drug addiction from the CES University of Medellin. He is an experienced researcher, with expertise in OCD. He is also the coordinator of the Department of Mental Health and professor of the Rafael Núñez University Corporation of Cartagena in the Medicine program. Additionally, Dr. Guillermo Dager-Perez is the co-founder of the Latin American Association of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ALTOC). He is also a collaborator of the LATINO OCD Genomics project, and is a member of the Organizing Committee of the Latin American OCD Congress: LATINO CARTAGENA.

Juan Carlos Rivas

Dr. Rivas graduated as a physician from the Universidad del Valle, and later graduated as a psychiatrist from the same university. In 1998, he was a research fellow in neuropsychiatry at the University of Illinois, Chicago-USA. In 2020, he graduated from the PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Universidad del Valle, with the thesis "Cognitive and structural changes in schizophrenic patients who develop dementia." In 1999, he created the Neuropsychiatry Clinic of the Hospital Departamental Psiquiátrico Universitario del Valle (HDPUV), in Cali, which is the main mental hospital in southwestern Colombia. Likewise, he participated in the implementation of the first critical care unit for psychiatric patients in Colombia. In 2014, he was appointed Chairman of the department of psychiatry at the Universidad del Valle, a position that he left to begin his doctoral training in 2017. He is currently an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the Universidad del Valle and an ad-honorem professor at the Universidad ICESI. He works in private practice at the Fundación Valle del Lili, and in the neuropsychiatry consultation of the HDPUV. His current research interests are focused on the study of neuropsychiatric disorders, especially frontotemporal dementias and early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Likewise, he is leading a research project on structural changes in the brain of patients with first psychotic episodes, as well as a project on cognitive changes secondary to COVID-19 infection and the cognitive effects of congestive heart failure.

Mariel Paz y Mino, Mental Health Clinic at Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Dr. Paz y Mino serves as the director at the Mental Health Clinic at USFQ as well as a full-time psychology professor. She is a CBT specialist trained at Mclean Hospital OCD Unit and utilizes ACT for working with severe and chronic anxiety patients. She considers herself a mental health activist and develops research and outreach community scalable programs to bring mental health to underserved populations in Ecuador.

Dorian Arlette Colindres Santamaría, Central American technological university center / Ceutec

Dr. Colindres Santamaría received her bachelor of psychology at the Central American Technological University Center/Ceutec. She is currently studying for a diploma in OCD at the TOC center in Argentina and is a master's level intern in health services management, at Unitec. Dr. Colindres Santamaría works in private practice, and in San Carlos Mental Health Clinic. She uses a CBT approach for depression, anxiety, and OCD.

Humberto Nicolini, MD, PhD

Dr. Nicolini is Chief of the Laboratory of Psychiatric Genetics at Psychiatric Services and the National Institute of Genomic Medicine in the Minister of Health, as well as the Director of the OCD Mexican Association and Carracci Medical Group in Mexico City. His main lines of research are on the genetics of several conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, suicide, alcoholism, autism and pharmacogenetics. Dr. Nicolini has published 7 books, and >240 research papers in peer review journals.

Alejandro Arellano, Talk TOC

Alejandro is a Mexican engineer. He is 33 years old and was diagnosed with OCD at age five and has been in psychiatric/pharmacological treatment since age 17. His OCD has been very invasive, which has led him to have relapses and episodes anxiety, depression, social anxiety, and more. Alejandro is currently the coordinator of Talk TOC.

Psic. Ambar Núñez Bracho, SIN TOC

Cognitive-Behavioral Psychologist.
Graduated from Universidad Rafael Urdaneta Maracaibo Venezuela.
Master in University Education.
Certified by the IOCDF in BTTI.
Specialist in Anxiety, OCD and Related Attention adults - children and adolescents.
Coordinator of SIN TOC - Canada.
Director of ALTOC - Canada
Member of the Organizing Committee of the I Latin American OCD Congress: LATINO CARTAGENA 2022.

Andres Gonzalez, ALTOC - México

Dr. Gonzalez is a psychologist with a degree in psychology from the University of Granada (Spain) and a master's degree in cognitive behavioral, clinical, and health psychology from the Aaron Beck Psychology Center. He is a specialist in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by the IOCDF and member of the same foundation. He has several years of experience in clinical and health psychology treating problems of emotional disorders (major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders), group therapy, courses and workshops of socio-emotional development. Dr. Gonzalez is also the research director of the Latin American Association of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ALTOC).

Angel Ruiz Chow, Neurodigital Human Project

Dr. Chow is a neuropsychiatrist, and works at the center of psychiatry at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery MVS, Mexico. He is the founder of Neurodigital Human Project, a center specializing in non-invasive brain neuromodulation. Dr. Chow has special interest in deep brain stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, and other current direct therapies for various neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Beatriz Treviño-de la Garza, Universidad de Monterrey

Dr. Treviño-de la Garza trained as a physician and psychotherapist and specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy. She has been working as a private clinician for four years, devoting her practice to treating patients with anxiety, OCD and emotional dysregulation.

Belinda Núñez Bracho, SIN TOC

Dr. Núñez Bracho is a psychologist with 24 years of experience. She graduated from the Universidad Rafael Urdaneta Maracaibo, Zulia State, in Venezuela, and has a masters degree in cognitive behavioral therapy. She is the founder and director of the specialized psychological firm, SIN TOC, and is the director of the Latin American Association of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ALTOC- MEXICO). She is certified by the IOCDF with the BTTI, and is the academic coordinator of the OCD section of the Psychiatric Association of Mexico (APM). Dr. Núñez Bracho has 23 years of teaching experience in different subjects of psychology, and has been a national and international speaker at several congresses and academic events. She's currently a collaborating researcher of the OCD Genetics Study "LATINO", and is on the Organizing Committee of the Latin American Congress (TOC LATINO Cartagena).

Carolina Valdés, TOC México

Dr. Valdés is a cognitive-behavioral clinical psychologist. She graduated from the Universidad Panamericana, and specialized in clinical and health psychology at the same university. She has received specialized training in cognitive-behavioral techniques by the Mexican Institute of cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as in the treatment of OCD and related disorders by TOC México.

Circe Montes De Oca, México sin Estrés

Dr. Montes De Oca is a cognitive behavioral psychologist at México sin Estrés®. She received her diploma in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders from the Universidad Anáhuac and México sin Estrés®. She is certified in Behavior Therapy through the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute, through the International OCD Foundation. She graduated from UNAM with honors, with a master's degree in health psychology and a research stay at the University of Valencia, Spain.

Cynthia Alvarado, México sin Estrés

Dr. Alvarado is the deputy director of the first cognitive behavioral center for anxiety, OCD, and depression in Mexico (2001): México sin Estrés ®. She is a teacher of the faculty in Mexico of the BTTI of the IOCDF, and is an academic coordinator at the Universidad Anáhuac of the diploma in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders. Dr. Alvarado is a cognitive behavioral psychologist with a specialty in OCD and anxiety.

Cynthia Barrera, TOC México

Cynthia Barrera graduated from the University of Monterrey. She is a specialist in OCD and related disorders, and uses interventions such as exposure and response prevention, impulse control training and habit reversal, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She was trained by internationally certified experts from the International OCD Foundation (Behavior Therapy Training Institute - Rogers Behavioral Health Nashville, TN.), the TLC Foundation for body-focused repetitive behaviors (Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania) and by the ACT Institute of Spain.

Daniela del Río Zamacona, UTOC

Ms. Del Rio is a psychologist in training with a great passion for learning. She is a very sociable person with a great sense of humor, and has always been at the service of others. She always likes to face new challenges and learn about different topics, especially in the area of psychology.

Denisse Ronquillo, Private Practice

Dra. Ronquillo is a psychiatrist with a high medical specialty in the management of OCD and related disorders and a degree in cognitive behavioral therapy from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She completed master's studies and has participated in various lines of research that investigated diverse aspects of OCD and related disorders. She is currently dedicated to private practice in which she mainly cares for patients with OCD and spectrum disorders, and teaches as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at La Salle University.

Felipe Rangel, TOC México

Dr. Rangel studied medicine at the Universidad Anáhuac México Norte, and received his master's degree at Ithe nstituto de Terapia Racional Emotiva México, and his specialty in psychiatry at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, He is a psychiatrist at Centro de Alta Especialidad Neurociencias MDK, as well as at Grupo Médico Carracci. Dr. Rangel is also a professor at Escuela Médico Naval.

Joali Juarez, Talk TOC

Joali Juarez is a Mexican woman, architect, and creator of Talk TOC, a Spanish-language community of OCD patients for OCD patients. TALK TOC seeks to talk openly about OCD and break the stigmas that surround it. Talk TOC also has virtual mutual support groups for patients and people close to them, interviews with OCD specialists, and a cloud with accurate information about OCD and mental health in general.

José Martínez, TOC México

José Martínez received his master's degree in clinical psychology from the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has received training in the diagnosis and treatment of OCD (Bootcamp 1 and 2), as well as in acceptance and commitment therapy. Liber; ACT Madrid Institute. Certification. Primary level, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. He also has a diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Liber CBT-ITCC Mexico.

Liz Basañez, México sin Estrés

Dr. Basañez is the founder and director of México sin Estrés®, the first Cognitive Behavioral Center for Anxiety, OCD and Depression in Mexico (2001). She is a cognitive behavioral psychologist and graduated with honors from the Universidad Anáhuac. She received her master's degree in clinical psychology from UNAM, and did her fellowship in CBT for OCD and Anxiety at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute (SLBMI), under the tutelage of Dr. Alec Pollard. Dr. Basañez has over 29 years of experience, and she is responsible for the BTTI of the IOCDF in Mexico.

Lorena Ponce, TOC México

Lorena Ponce received her degree in psychology from the University of Lima-Peru, and her master's degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy from the University of Valencia-Spain, with a specialized orientation in both a cognitive behavioral approach and third generation therapies (Mindfulness and ACT). Her professional experience includes the clinical area where she has a special emphasis on working with children, adolescents and young adults.

Mayra Martinez Mallen

Dr. Mallen is a psychiatrist and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in OCD and related disorders. She is a member of the Neurological Center of the Centro Medico ABC, and the founder member of the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors in Spanish. Additionally, Dr. Mallen teaches at the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute from the International OCD Foundation in Mexico.

Pablo León, TOC México

Dr. León is a surgeon and graduated from the Mexican School of Medicine Universidad La Salle. He has a specialty in psychiatry and a postgraduate degree in neuropsychiatry from the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INNN). He also has a master's and doctorate in medical sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he did research stays at the University of California, San Diego. As a member of the research team of the Laboratory of Experimental Psychiatry of the INNN, he has published in several high impact international scientific journals.

Pamela Claisse Quiroz, UTOC

Dr. Claisse Quiroz is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders treatment. She is also certified in Ttauma, and is a doctoral student in couples and family therapy. Dr. Claisse Quiroz also teaches at the undergraduate level.

Tamara Peregrina, México sin Estrés

Dr. Peregrina is a cognitive behavioral psychologist at México sin Estrés®. She graduated from the Universidad Anáhuac, and received her diploma in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders. She obtained her master's degree and specialization in clinical psychology and child and adolescent psychotherapy from ISEP Madrid. Dr. Peregrina is certified in behavior therapy training by the International OCD Foundation.

Tania Pérez Duarte, TOC México

Tania Pérez Duarte is a cognitive-behavioral clinical psychologist. She graduated from the Universidad Anahuac del Norte and is a specialist in OCD and related disorders (therapies include exposure and response prevention, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy). Dr. Pérez Duarte was trained by Massachusetts General Hospital, the International OCD Foundation in Boston and Harvard (Pediatric Behavior Therapy Training Institute for adults, Children and Adolescents), and Peds at BTTI Rogers Memorial Hospital, in Oconomowoc, WI). She is currently the founder and director of TOC Mexico.

Cinthia Aguirre, Hosputal de Clínicas - ALTOC Paraguay

Dr. Cinthia Aguirre Roman. Is a clinical psychologist. She works as a psychotherapist and full time researcher of OCD, and has a double degree from the Universidad Americana and Universidad de Chile in clinical psychology. She is currently working on developing new forms of therapy for OCD based on evidence and scientific arguments related to evolutionary psychology.

Victor Adorno, Hosputal de Clínicas - ALTOC Paraguay

Dr. Adorno Queved is a member of the faculty of medical sciences at UNA, and is a specialist in clinical psychiatry. He is an adjunct professor of clinical psychiatry, and works with techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression, anxiety, OCD, and other psychiatric and neurological disorders. He is the president of the Paraguayan Association of Psychiatrists (2018-2020), and the general director of the Psychiatric Hospital (2018 - 2022).

Alvaro Flores, Universidad Privada del Norte - ALTOC Peru

Dr. Flores is a psychologist from the University of Piura. He is also a member director of the Latin American Association of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ALTOC). He currently works as a cognitive behavioral therapist treating anxiety, depression and OCD problems. He has received training in various centers in Latin America in CBT, ACT, and behavioral activation. In addition, he is a professor at the Instituto Especializado de Psicología Basada en Evidencia (IEPBE) and a member of the ALTOC research group participating in research lines related to OCD in Latin American population.

Elba Luna, Papás y Mamás Jóvenes (PMJ)

Dr. Luna is a psychiatrist. She studied medicine at the National University of San Marcos in Lima Perú. She works at the Peruvian National Institute of Mental Health in the investigation Department. In addition to participating in the LATINO project, she is the general coordinator of a clinical trial about a counseling program to prevent intimate partner violence and child abuse in people who are waiting for their first baby. Nowadays, she is teaching a course called Humanistic Personal Formation at the National University of San Marcos.

Marcos Ochoa-Panaifo, Private University of the North - ALTOC Peru

Dr. Ochoa-Panaifo is a behavioral psychologist and researcher, with a degree in clinical psychology from the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola- USIL. He graduated with an outstanding mention. He received his master's degree in clinical and health psychology at the UCT Clinical Psychology of Universidad Andrés Bello - UNAB of Chile. Behavioral-Cognitive Psychotherapist from INEICIPS. He is a specialist in exposure and response prevention (EPR) for OCD, and in behavior designs. Behavioral sciences and clinical research in OCD. Exchange at Walt Disney World (USA). He is the co-founder of the Latin American Association of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ALTOC), and is a collaborator of LATINO OCD Genomics project in Peru. Dr. Ochoa-Panaifo is also a member of the Organizing Committee of the I Latin American Congress of the TOC: LATINO CARTAGENA.

Eric Storch, PhD

Dr. Storch serves as Principal Investigator of the LATINO grant for the Baylor College of Medicine site. Dr. Storch is Professor and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. He serves as Vice Chair and Head of Psychology, and co-directs the OCD program at Baylor with Dr. Wayne Goodman.

James J. Crowley, PhD

Dr. Crowley's research focuses on psychiatric genomics of OCD and Tourette syndrome. He earned a BS in biology from Cornell University and a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by postdoctoral work in genetics at Duke University.

Elizabeth Atkinson, PhD

Elizabeth Atkinson (Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine) is a population and statistical geneticist working towards increased inclusion of diverse ancestry participants in genomics. Her work is centered around neuropsychiatric traits with particular focus on admixed American populations and groups of African descent, though many of her tools are broadly applicable across phenotypes and populations.

Anthony Zoghbi, MD

Dr. Zoghbi was recently appointed Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and serves as Chief of Neuropsychiatric Genetics. He is a psychiatrist and geneticist whose research interests include the genetic basis of severe forms of mental illness, genetic mechanisms of treatment resistance, and the clinical implementation of genetics to improve risk prediction and novel therapeutic development.

Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, JD

Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz combines his background in neuroscience, law, and bioethics to examine the implications of emerging biomedical technologies in neuroscience and genomics.

Hailing Huang, PhD

Dr. Huang is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is also an Associated Member of the Broad Institute. His research focuses on developing new statistical and analytical methods to understand the genetic factors driving complex disorders, especially autoimmune and psychiatric disorders. His studies use large-scale data from various consortia and public sources such as UK Biobank, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap for Medical Research, and the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project.

Paola Giusti-Rodríguez, PhD

Dr. Giusti-Rodríguez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. Her work lies at the intersection between neuroscience and functional genomics, and she aims to integrate the tools and techniques of these fields to shed light on the genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Giusti Rodríguez is co-founder of the Latin American Genomics Consortium, which seeks to increase the representation of research participants from Latinx admixed ancestry in genetic studies on psychiatric disorders.

Andrew Wiese, PhD

Andrew completed his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 2021. As a clinician and researcher, he is focused on advancing understanding of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders while also providing empirically supported interventions to individuals with these conditions.

Wayne Goodman, MD

Wayne Goodman, MD, D.C and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, specializes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for intractable psychiatric illnesses. He is the principal developer of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS), the gold standard for assessing OCD, and co-founder of the International OCD Foundation.

Michele Pato, MD

Dr. Pato is the inaugural director of the new Rutgers Center for Genomics of Psychiatric Health and Addiction and is Professor of Psychiatry in both Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School. Dr. M Pato has co-led, with Dr. Carlos Pato, extensive population genetic studies in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and OCD for over 30 years, including the Genomic Psychiatry Cohort (GPC).

Tim Bigdeli, PhD

Dr. Bigdeli is a statistical geneticist at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY whose research centers on the epidemiologies of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder in diverse populations. He currently leads analytical efforts for the Genomic Psychiatry Cohort (GPC) and VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) #572.

Stacey Pereira, PhD

Dr. Pereira is an assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Her current research focuses on social and ethical issues in genomics, with particular emphasis on the impact of integrating genomics into the clinical care of different populations, including newborns, healthy adults, and military personnel. Additional research interests include issues related to banking, sharing, and research use of human biospecimens. She received her BA in psychology from Clark University, summa cum laude, and her PhD in anthropology from Rice University.

Saira Weinzimmer, BA

Saira received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Rice University. Her primary research interests include obsessive-compulsive and related disorders and prevention and early intervention in mental health. She currently serves as lab manager for Dr. Eric Storch, where she assists with various research projects on anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, misophonia, depression, and more.

Matt Halvorsen, PhD

Dr. Halvorsen's research focuses on analyzing common and rare genetic variation in obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette's Syndrome, with the ultimate goal of determining what genetic variants confer risk. He received his BS in Biochemistry from SUNY Geneseo and a PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from UNC Chapel Hill, followed by postdoctoral training in genetics at Columbia University.

Andres Viana, University of Houston - Child Temperament, Thoughts and Emotion Laboratory

Dr. Viana is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Houston, a board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist, and director of the Child Temperament, Thoughts and Emotion Laboratory. Dr. Viana's program of research focuses on the examination of temperamental and cognitive-affective mechanisms implicated in anxiety and related disorders generally, and among Latinx individuals, specifically. The overarching goal of this program of research is to advance knowledge regarding the underlying causes of anxiety disorders, to reduce their comorbidity with other problematic outcomes (e.g., alcohol use), and to improve existing treatments.

Bharathi Gadad, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC-EP), Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Bharathi Gadad is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She is also the co-director for the Southwest Brain Bank. Dr. Gadad completed her doctoral program in neuroscience in India. She did her postdoctoral training in a world-renowned laboratory at Institute for Cell Engineering, Department of Neurosciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for three years. Later she moved to the Department of Psychiatry, UT Southwestern Medical Center as an Assistant Instructor for 5 years. She continued to work at UT Southwestern Medical Center at the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care as an Instructor for three years. She later moved to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso as an Assistant Professor in February 2019. Dr. Gadad's primary research focus is on epigenetic alterations, and cell signaling in suicidality. Her research lab is involved in understanding the molecular and functional characterization brain specific cell types, signaling mechanisms related to suicidality. Dr. Gadad is also the co-leader for the youth depression/childhood trauma research network to prevent suicide (YDSRN and CTRN). Dr. Gadad is also a site-PI for the psychiatric genomics consortium for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Latino subjects. These projects will have a huge impact in identifying the at-risk mental health population at the early stage, and might help to create better prevention, intervention and treatment strategies for future.

Bradley Riemann, Rogers Behavioral Health

Bradley C. Riemann, PhD, serves as chief clinical officer and chief operating officer for Rogers Behavioral Health. Dr. Riemann is a leading expert in the assessment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders and use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment. Dr. Riemann is also the clinical director of OCD and Anxiety Adult Residential Care, one of the leading residential treatment programs for OCD and anxiety in the country. He also directs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Services at Rogers.

Darpan Patel, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Patel is an associate professor and director of the Biobehavioral Research Laboratory in the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio. His works centers on understanding the biological underpinnings of chronic conditions and complex diseases. His research incorporates a translational science approach taking discoveries made in pre-clinical models and translating them into clinical populations.

Dean McKay, Ph.D., Fordham University

Dean McKay, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Fordham University. Dr. McKay was President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in 2014, and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) in 2018. He has edited or co-edited 22 books dealing with treatment of complex cases in children and adults, obsessive-compulsive disorder, disgust in psychopathology, and research methodology. Dr. McKay has published more than 300 journal articles and book chapters and has more than 350 conference presentations. He is board certified in both cognitive-behavioral and clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), as well as a Fellow of APA and APS. His research has focused primarily on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the role of disgust in psychopathology, and, most recently, on selective sound sensitivity (also known as misophonia).

Diana Rancourt, University of South Florida

Dr. Rancourt is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, USA. Her research examines biopsychosocial contributors to adolescents' and young adults' weight-related behaviors (e.g., dieting, uncontrolled eating, muscle-gaining behaviors). She is particularly interested in the ability to detect and trust hunger and satiety cues and peer influences as contributors to weight-related behaviors. Dr. Rancourt currently is a co-investigator on NIH grants 1) testing a culturally competent, evidence-based, community-centered obesity intervention, ADAPT+, to address obesity in Latino youth living in rural communities and 2) assessing COVID-19 testing and vaccine uptake attitudes and behaviors among rural Latino migrants in Southwest Florida.

Dr. John Hettema, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center

John "Jack" Hettema, MD, PhD, is professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center. Dr. Hettema is a clinician-scientist who participates in patient care, clinical teaching, and research activities. His research efforts focus on the epidemiology, genetics, and biology of the anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Hettema co-chairs the Anxiety Disorders workgroup for the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC).

Joseph Hovey, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Dr. Hovey is a professor in the Department of Psychological Science at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Hovey earned a BA in anthropology from UCLA and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on suicide risk and prevention, behavioral health of acculturating individuals, rural health, cultural adaptation and development of psychological measures, and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions for anxiety, depression, and suicidal behavior.

Joseph McGuire, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. McGuire is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on investigating the learning processes and mechanisms that underlie the etiology and treatment of OCD, anxiety, and related disorders in children, adolescents, and adults using clinical rating scales, physiological markers, and innovative technologies. His work seeks to improve evidence-based treatments to help patients and families achieve optimal outcomes. Dr. McGuire's research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, Tourette Association of America, Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation, Misophonia Research Fund, and the American Academy of Neurology.

Laura Seligman, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Dr. Seligman is a professor in the Department of Psychological Science at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2021-2002). She earned a PhD and MS in clinical psychology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a BA in psychology, with a minor in statistics, from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. Dr. Seligman is board-certified in cognitive-behavioral therapy and her research focuses on internalizing disorders in youth and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based behavioral health treatments.

Melanie Longhurst, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC-EP) Department of Psychiatry

Melanie Longhurst, Ph.D., M.Ed. is an assistant professor, licensed clinical psychologist, and psychology training director in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC-EP) Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Longhurst also works in collaboration with residents and faculty in the TTUHSC-EP Department of Family and Community Medicine Kenworthy as a behavioral scientist and core faculty member of the residency program. She earned a M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Texas Tech University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System specializing in primary care behavioral health integration and health psychology. She is a native of El Paso, Texas and passionate about increasing access to mental health services and wellness, as well as multicultural issues impacting Latinx individuals.

Sheldon R. Garrison, Rogers Behavioral Health

Sheldon Garrison, Ph.D. is a research scientist at Rogers Behavioral Health. Dr. Garrison has more than 15 years of experience in health care, the pharmaceutical and life science industries, and academia. His research is focused on understanding genetic involvement in psychiatric disorders and how those genes influence treatment response for affected patients. Prior to joining Rogers, Dr. Garrison's research focused on developing treatments for rare and genetic diseases, as well as speeding the time to diagnosis. He has published and received funding in the areas of neuroscience, rare disease health care economics, genetics, drug development, pain and sensory biology, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, trichotillomania, and sickle cell disease. His research has also resulted in the granting of two U.S. Food and Drug Administration Orphan Drug Designations.