Carla Kenney, LMHC, President of OCD Massachusetts began working in the field of psychiatry in 1998 as an undergraduate psychology student at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. After graduating she worked as a counselor at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Carla knew she wanted to work with individuals with OCD and pursued her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Carla was awarded certificates in both child & family therapy along with cognitive-behavioral therapy through the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies. Carla has worked in various settings including schools, intensive treatment programs, residential programs and also psychiatric hospitals. She currently works as a licensed cognitive behavior therapist and provides home, community and in-office treatment. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Worcester Center for CBT, is a professional member of the IOCDF and is vice president of OCD Massachusetts. Carla and colleagues began the the OCD & Related Disorders Lecture Series and support groups at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester in 2012.
Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD, Vice-President of OCD Massachusetts, is a clinical psychologist and researchers specializing in severe/complex OCD. Nathaniel currently works as a research associate at the OCD Institute’s Office of Clinical Assessment and Research (OCAR) and Coordinator of Inpatient Group Therapy at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech, completing clinical externships at the Houston OCD Program and Salem Virginia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Prior to accepting a post-doctoral fellowship at the OCD Institute in 2015, Nathaniel completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he received training in severe mental illness, PTSD/Trauma, and substance use disorders. Nathaniel’s clinical and research focus is on the assessment, conceptualization, and treatment of severe/treatment-refractory OCD. Of specific interest are the role of motivation and the impact of PTSD/trauma on treatment outcomes for OCD. Through the integration of clinical and empirical evidence, along with personal experience overcoming OCD, Nathaniel’s research strives to develop innovative methods to assess and conceptualize motivational factors associated with OCD. In addition to clinical research, Nathaniel is involved in efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, focusing on the importance of bridging the gap between therapists, researchers and those with OCD. Building on his own experiences battling OCD, he co-founded the Therapists and Trainees with OCD Special Interest Group, participated in McLean Hospital’s Deconstructing Stigma Campaign, and runs a local support group for therapists with OCD and related diagnoses who work in the mental health field.
Christina Albano Gugino, LMHC, Secretary of OCD Massachusetts, is a behavior therapist at the Cape & Islands Cognitive Behavioral Institute. Ms. Gugino earned her Masters degree from Northeastern University’s Masters in Counseling Program with a focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She completed her graduate school training at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital (OCDI) in Belmont, MA, where she received extensive training in Exposure and Response Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from leading experts in the field. For several years after graduate school, Ms. Albano worked at the OCDI in various capacities, including as a Community Residence Counselor, Research Assistant, and Clinical Research Coordinator. While working at the OCDI, she participated in the treatment of hundreds of people with OCD.
Denise Egan Stack, LMHC, Past President and Board Member of OCD Massachusetts and the International OCD Foundation, is co-founder and Director of the Cape & Islands Cognitive Behavioral Institute. Shortly after finishing her graduate school training at McLean Hospital, Ms. Stack became involved in the development and launching of the OCD Institute (OCDI) at McLean Hospital, the first residential treatment program for OCD in the United States. On staff for ten years, Ms. Stack developed and managed both counseling and research programs at the OCDI. Ms. Stack has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on OCD and related disorders and has presented nationally on such topics. In practice providing home-based therapy for the past fifteen years, Ms. Stack has treated hundreds of individuals using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In addition, she is a member of the Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force Steering Committee and a member of the New England ACT chapter.
Amanda Holm, MBA, Treasurer of OCD Massachusetts, is the Manager of Nonprofit Effectiveness at The Boston Foundation. Shortly after earning her B.A. in Government from Harvard University, Amanda began her career in the nonprofit sector, spending several years working directly with youth in the Greater Boston area. She completed her graduate degree at Boston University in 2014, earning an MBA with a focus in Public and Nonprofit Management. She is now working to make improvements in the Massachusetts nonprofit sector through data dissemination, capacity building, and financial analysis.