Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, LCSW

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, LCSW

Program Title
  • Director


Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale is the director of the McLean OCDI Houston, where she maintains an active clinical, research, and leadership role. She is also a lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical interests focus on obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, mental health stigma, and access to mental health care. Dr. McIngvale founded the Peace of Mind Foundation and ocdchallenge.org, a free self-help website for OCD which is live in six languages and serves nearly 4,000 individuals (both were acquired by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) in 2020). She was the first ever national spokesperson for the IOCDF and now serves on their board of directors. She engages in advocacy, clinical work, research, and teaching related to OCD and anxiety disorders.

Dr. McIngvale is a renowned speaker on both the local and national level, speaking on behalf of OCD, mental illness, and mental health stigma. She has received numerous awards for her advocacy and impact on the mental health field and currently serves as a director on multiple boards. Internationally known and recognized for her clinical work and advancements in the OCD field, Dr. McIngvale is dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless and is grateful for a career which allows her to improve the lives of those living with a mental illness every day.

Education & Training

  • 2009 BSW in Social Work, Loyola University of Chicago
  • 2010 MSW in Social Work, Loyola University of Chicago
  • 2014 PhD in Social Work, University of Houston
  • 2020 MBA, Kellogg School of Business Management, Northwestern University
  • 2014-2015 Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Board Certifications:
  • 2010 Licensed Master Social Worker, Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners
  • 2019 Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners