Our Board of Directors
Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph. D., LMSW
Founder & President of the Peace Of Mind Foundation
Co-director of McLean OCD Institute // Houston
Dr. McIngvale’s is the Director of the McLean OCD Institute at Houston, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, where she maintains an active clinical, research and leadership role. Her clinical interests focus on OCD, anxiety disorders, mental health stigma and access to mental health care. She is the founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to OCD. Dr. McIngvale operates ocdchallenge.org, a free self-help website for OCD which is live in 6 languages and serves nearly 4,000 individuals. She was the first ever national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF) and now serves on their board of directors. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Loyola University Chicago, her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Houston and is currently pursuing her MBA from Kellogg’s School of Business Management at Northwestern University. Dr. McIngvale engages in advocacy, clinical work, research and teaching related to OCD and anxiety disorders. She is a renowned speaker on both the local and national level speaking on behalf of OCD, mental illness and mental health stigma. Dr. McIngvale has received numerous awards for her advocacy and impact on the mental health field and currently serves as a director on 5 boards. She is 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.
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Behavior Therapy of Houston
John Hart, Ph.D. maintains a private practice in Houston, Texas at the Behavior Therapy of Houston. Additionally, he has been affiliated with the Menninger Clinic for 25 years where he serves as their anxiety disorders specialist. Dr. Hart was with the Menninger Clinic OCD Treatment Program since its inception and has presented nationally and regionally on the nature and treatment of obsessive-compulsive related disorders. Dr. Hart has a wide research interest and has published a number of articles on anxiety-related disorders. He has current research affiliations with the Menninger Child and Family Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Houston Clear Lake. Dr. Hart is currently the list advisor to the Parents of Adults with OCD, and serves as the facilitators of the Houston OCD Support Group and is a board member of the Peace of Mind Foundation, an advocacy organization for OCD suffers.
Dr. Garvin is the chief psychiatrist for the McLean OCD Institute at Houston, and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine. He is double board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Additionally, he has provided intensive psychotherapy and medication management for adults, adolescents, and children for over 12 years. He graduated medical school from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship training at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine.
As a psychiatry resident, Dr. Garvin completed a 3-month rotation on the inpatient unit at The Menninger OCD Treatment Program in 2001 in Topeka, KS. Since then he has maintained a strong interest in OCD and other anxiety disorders and continued to provide evidence-based collaborative care and treatment with other community therapists. With the Houston OCD Program, he brings a strong understanding of how medications for OCD/Anxiety disorders are best utilized to help make ERP therapy as effective as possible
Jelani Daniel is currently a psychology docotoral student at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Prior to this he worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Instructor at the Outpatient OCD Program at Baylor College of Medicine. He has 14 years of experience in working with people who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive and related disorders, including Hoarding Disorder, as well as various anxiety disorders. He has worked with hundreds of clients in these clinical populations while working at The Menninger Clinic, Houston OCD Program, and in private practice. He leads the monthly Hoarding Support Group and co-leads the bimonthly OCD Support Group with Dr. John Hart.
Dr. Rufino has a PhD in clinical psychology. After completing her predoctoral internship at Baylor College of Medicine she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Suicide Studies at The Menninger Clinic/Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Houston – Downtown. She also continues to pursue an active research program with the Menninger Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine that includes both suicide and OCD.
Molly Hackett LaFauci is a dedicated volunteer in the field of behavioral and mental health. Molly lends her time and service to several boards in the field. She was named a young leader in mental health by the Menninger Clinic in 2012 and was a featured panelist at an event for maternal mental health produced by Mental Health America of Greater Houston in 2017. Molly and her husband, Matthew, shared their docufilm about postpartum trauma, depression, anxiety and OCD at two invents in Houston striving to increase the conversation and decrease the stigma surrounding perinatal and postpartum disorders. Her postpartum experience was featured in the TMC Pulse magazine.
Mrs. LaFauci received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Villanova University as well as her Masters in Education and Health from George Washington University.
Honorary Member – Owner of Westside Tennis and Fitness Club
Linda McIngvale has been a champion to the cause of mental health from day one with her daughter Elizabeth. Tirelessly fighting to not only find a cure to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) but to stamp out the stigma of mental health. When Elizabeth, Linda’s daughter asked to start a foundation to help others, Linda jumped on board immediately and helped make the Peace of Mind Foundation come to life. As a mother of four, Linda is a true matriarch to not only her family, but businesses as well. Along with her husband James “Mack” McIngvale, the McIngvale’s own and operate Gallery Furniture as well as Club Westside, a health and fitness club in Houston, Texas.