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The role of Patron is to aid and enhance the profile of OCD-UK in both the medical sector and the media, and work with us to raise awareness of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
OCD-UK are delighted to be working with high profile and pro-active patrons. We are also extremely fortunate to have an overseas ambassador working to raise our profile overseas.
OCD-UK patron - Actor and Writer
Ian’s career as a writer and actor is a far cry from his childhood which was spent growing up on a farm in Flint, North Wales. At 19 he left home and moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating in 1981 he started working as a street entertainer in Covent Garden, where his TV and theatre career took off soon after. Ian is currently playing 'Owen' in Coronation Street.
In 2004 Ian co-wrote the ITV drama, Dirty Filthy Love, a story about a man struggling to understand his OCD. In Ian’s own words. “I wanted to write about my experiences as an OCD sufferer-primarily to give people an insight into our strange little world! The film ‘Dirty Filthy Love’ was born out of that desire and I've been happy to talk about the film and my illness ever since. It has been unexpectedly quite liberating to be ‘out there’- sharing what were once my deepest darkest secrets. And, most importantly, without any shame or apology.”
OCD-UK patron - Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science.
Professor Salkovskis graduated in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry in 1979. During this period he worked on theoretical, experimental and clinical applications of cognitive theory particularly in the area of anxiety disorders and hypochondriasis (health anxiety). He moved to the Institute of Psychiatry in 2000 to take up the post of Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science and the role as Clinical Director in the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT).
During 2010 Paul moved to the University of Bath, where he has set up a training course in Clinical Psychology and is currently working on developing a specialist CBT research and treatment centre.
OCD-UK overseas ambassador - Research Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine.
Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz' input to OCD-UK, in the field of OCD and anxiety in general, is invaluable, so much so that we are honoured to say that he accepted our invitation to become an ambassador of OCD-UK. His book Brain Lock is the seminal text on OCD and very widely read.
Dr. Schwartz is a Research Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and the author of almost 100 scientific publications in the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry. He is also the author of three popular books, the aforementioned 'Brain Lock', 'A Return to Innocence: Philosophical Guidance in an Age of Cynicism' (1998) and 'The Mind & the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force' (2002).