Board of Directors

 

Szu-Hui Lee, Ph.D. – Past President. Dr. Lee received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2006. Dr. Lee completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the MGH/McLean Hospital’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute where she later became the Director of Training. Currently, Dr. Lee is a psychologist at Phillips Exeter Academy. Dr. Lee continues to hold an appointment as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School and is the Course Director of the Multicultural Training Seminars at McLean Hospital. She actively participates in the psychology training program at McLean supervising pre-doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows. As a professional and personal passion, Dr. Lee enjoys conducting trainings on treatments of anxiety disorders for professionals and students nationally and internationally. Dr. Lee has a private clinical practice specializing in OCD and related disorders located in Exeter, NH.

Elizabeth Ellis Ohr, Psy.D.- President.  Dr. Ohr is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctoral degree from Immaculata University in 2009. She completed post doctoral training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  At CTSA, Dr. Ohr participated in OCD research as a clinician and project manager. She conducted trainings of mental health professionals, practicum students, and psychiatry residents. Dr. Ohr continues to work as a consultant with CTSA. She has private practice in Portsmouth, NH where she specializes in Exposure/Ritual Prevention Therapy for OCD and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for anxiety disorders.

Christopher Spofford, Ph.D.-Vice President.  Christopher Spofford, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of NH and RI and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.  Dr. Spofford completed his doctoral graduate training at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and his postdoctoral fellowship training at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Dr. Spofford’s clinical and research focus has been on the application of cognitive-behavioral interventions (CBT) to treat anxiety-related disorders.  Dr. Spofford has extensive experience in the treatment and evaluation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and OC related disorders having completed a Brown University postdoctoral fellowship in this area.   Dr. Spofford currently works as a staff psychologist at Hanover Psychiatry and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.

Mary Giveen. Executive Board Member. Mrs. Giveen has been a long time advocate for OCD. Being an advocate for OCD is not only a professional focus for her, it is also a personal mission as her family has been impacted by the disorder. Mary spear heads a monthly support group in Concord, NH. She offers great insight and support to our community.

Seoka Salstrom, Ph.D. Executive Board Member. Dr. Seoka Salstrom received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2006 from The University of Georgia.  She completed an internship at Durham VA Medical Center/Duke University School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI. She then served as the clinical coordinator of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment and Research Program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) with Dr. John Calamari and practiced at the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center before co-founding the Chicago CBT Center in 2010. She also maintained adjunct faculty positions at RFUMS and the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine while co-directing the Chicago CBT Center. Dr. Salstrom now has a private practice in Hanover, NH. She specializes in CBT, including ERP, for the treatment of anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders across the lifespan.

Don Vardell, M.S., Executive Board Member. Don Vardell is the Executive Director of a unique and specialized residential treatment center for adolescents and emerging adults suffering from debilitating OCD and anxiety disorders.  Mountain Valley Treatment Center, located in the White Mountains area of New Hampshire, is a nationally accredited and licensed program and an organizational member of the International OCD Foundation.  Don’s background includes serving at the helm of several private healthcare and education organizations and through his work and personal experience  can appreciate the struggles families can have when a loved one is struggling with OCD.   Don has been a board member of  OCD NH since 2017.    Don can be reached at dvardell@mountainvalleytreatment.org

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