Board of Directors

The Members of OCDNJ’s Board of Directors are dedicated to outreach, education, and advocacy in voluntary service to those living with OCD and related disorders across the state of New Jersey.

 

Marla Deibler, Psy.D.- President

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia (CEH), a multi-site, behavioral healthcare center specializing in the evaluation and evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders, with office locations in Cherry Hill and Princeton, New Jersey. CEH also provides telehealth services across the US under the authority of The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).

Dr. Deibler currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of OCD New Jersey, the NJ affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors and serves on the Faculty of TLC’s Professional Training Institute. Dr. Deibler is a Consultant on behalf of the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders and a Visiting Clinical Supervisor at the Rutgers University Psychological Services Clinic, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.

Dr. Deibler holds a doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in health/neuropsychology and a postdoctoral master of science degree in clinical psychopharmacology. Her interest in OCD and related disorders began during her graduate training, with formative OCD experiences including both scientific research as a three-year Intramural Research Training Award Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), LCS OCD Unit and clinical intervention at the renowned Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington in the late 1990s.

Dr. Deibler is a frequent media contributor, providing interviews to outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Associated Press, and has appeared on regional and national television media, including The Dr. Oz Show, Hoarders, and Today with Megyn Kelly.

To learn more about Dr. Deibler and CEH, visit thecenterforemotionalhealth.com

Jordan Levy, Ph.D.- Vice President

Dr. Levy is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Livingston, New Jersey and in Manhattan. He works primarily with adults, adolescents and children living with anxiety and OCD, including the Purely-Obsessional subtype.
Dr. Levy received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University. He has previously established an innovative online OCD support group as well as a comprehensive intensive treatment program for individuals suffering with OCD. You can find more about his practice at www.drjordanlevy.com

 

Allen H. Weg. Ed.D. – Immediate Past President

Dr. Allen Weg is a New Jersey licensed psychologist. He is a co-founder of OCD New Jersey and is a member on the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation.

Dr. Weg’s independent practice, Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey, LLC, was founded in 1998, and presently has office suites located in East Brunswick and Florham Park. He and his associates specialize in the cognitive behavioral treatment and other evidence based treatments for anxiety related disorders in children, adolescents and adults. They offer individual and group therapy, as well as telehealth services. More than 80% of the clients seen have a primary diagnosis of OCD.

In addition, Dr. Weg is author and presenter of “OCD Tips,” a series of short video clips reviewing strategies for improving one’s Exposure and Response treatment program for OCD, which is on his practice’s Youtube channel. He  has been a field clinical supervisor for the graduate students at the Graduate of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University since 1991. He has contributed a book chapter entitled, Storytelling and Use of Metaphor in the Treatment of OCD in the Social Workers’ Desk Reference, second edition, in response to a specific request by the editor-in-chief.   His own book, OCD Treatment Through Storytelling: A Strategy for Successful Therapy, was published in 2011 by Oxford University Press. He also contributed a chapter entitled, OCD in the Educational Setting in the text, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Phenomenology, Pathophysiology, and Treatment, edited by Christopher Pittenger, MD, and published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

You can find out more about Dr. Weg by going to his website at StressAndAnxiety.com.

Rachel Strohl, Psy.D. – Secretary

If you have been to any of our conferences or quarterly meetings over the last several years, you have probably seen her. She can usually be seen taking photos or furiously taking notes on the presentation being given.

Dr. Rachel Strohl is a licensed psychologist at Stress and Anxiety Services of NJ in East Brunswick. She received her Masters of Psychology and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). Dr. Strohl received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from George Washington University, Washington, DC. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned many distinguished honors, such as induction in Phi Beta Kappa and the Psychology Honors Program.

She has developed a specialization in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders and works with adults, adolescents, and children. She has experience working with clients individually, in families, and in groups. We consider Dr. Strohl to be a great asset to our growing organization and feel very fortunate to have her share with us her clinical skills and insight, as well as her cheerful disposition! You can find out more about Dr. Strohl by going to StressAndAnxiety.com.

Robert Zambrano, Psy.D. – Treasurer

Dr. Zambrano is the Clinical Director of Stress and Anxiety Services of NJ in East Brunswick. He received his Masters of Psychology and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP).

Dr. Zambrano has been certified by the Trichotillomania Learning Center in the Treatment of Trichotillomania and other body focused repetitive behaviors (i.e. skin picking, nail biting, etc.)

Dr. Zambrano works with clients of all ages who have OCD and other anxiety disorders and is proud to volunteer his time with OCDNJ. You can find out more about Dr. Zambrano at StressAndAnxiety.com

Nicole Torella – Board Member

Nicole Torella, who goes by, “Nikki,” reports; “I became interested in OCD a few years ago when a family member and I were both diagnosed with OCD by two different doctors. I joined the affiliate so I could continually learn more about OCD and began to volunteer as the newsletter editor.”

Since then, Nikki has expanded her role at OCDNJ, and is a major force behind the scenes for much of our major annual events.

Nikki works full time at a county college in central NJ in the Department of Marketing and College Communications as the Manager of Publications and Communications. In her responsibilities at work, she is an editor/writer and a desktop publisher. She reports, “I thought it would be fun to volunteer my time and skills to help out the OCDNJ.”

Ina and Julian Spero – Board Members

Julian Spero was a retail merchant for 35 years and was joined by his wife Ina for the last 15 years that the business was in operation.

They are the parents of an adult son who is an OCD sufferer.

Upon their retirement in 1995, they began working to form the New Jersey Affiliate of what is now called the International OCD Foundation, and enlisted Dr. Weg to assist them in this process. Finally, in 1998, their efforts came to fruition in incorporating the New Jersey Affiliate, which is now called, OCD New Jersey. They have both since retired from their positions on the Board, but we are greatly indebted to them for their efforts to create this organization, and for the many, many years that they worked to build and grow this organization.