Annual Conference

OCD New Jersey

An Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation

 presents our

19th Annual Conference


Academic and Occupational Perfectionism:

When Striving for Just-Right is Just Wrong


Alec Pollard, Ph.D.


the “Living with OCD” Panel

with those who deal with OCD every day

moderated by Allen H. Weg, EdD

Sunday March 3, 2019

The Westwood in Garwood, NJ

Our Keynote Presentation:

Academic and Occupational Perfectionism: When Striving for Just-Right is Just Wrong

Anxiety related to academic and occupational performance has been associated with an increasingly high number of clinical referrals. The impact of this condition on the lives of children and adults can be devastating, potentially resulting in academic failure, job loss, family discord, and various psychiatric complications. Although dysfunctional academic and occupational perfectionism (DAOP) can co-occur with several mental health conditions, key features like excessive checking, over-correcting, and avoidance are consistent with the symptoms of OCD.  Despite the relevance of OCD treatment models for DAOP, applicable therapeutic principles are often ignored or misapplied. The presenter will review the general features of dysfunctional perfectionism, discuss issues specifically related to perfectionism in the academic and workplace environments, and outline how OCD treatment models can be applied successfully to individuals with DAOP. The presentation will include lecture, slides, demonstrations, and case illustrations.




  • Participants will be able to identify differences between functional and dysfunctional perfectionism.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the ways in which dysfunctional perfectionism commonly affects individuals in academic and workplace environments.
  • Participants will be able to describe how the therapeutic principles used to treat OCD are applied to dysfunctional perfectionism.

Our Presenter

 C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D.

Dr. Pollard is Founder and Director of the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is a licensed psychologist who works with a range of obsessive-compulsive and anxiety-related disorders, with a special interest in patients ambivalent about or resistant to treatment. He is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation and chairs the organization’s Training Subcommittee, including a national training initiative called the Behavior Therapy Training Institute.  Dr. Pollard also serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and the Obsessive-Compulsive Cognitions Working Group research collaborative. He is former chair of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He serves as a reviewer for a number of professional journals and conference program committees and has authored over 100 publications, including 2 books: The Agoraphobia Workbook and Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia. He is currently working on a book to help the families of OCD treatment-refusers.

Contact Information

Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders

Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

1129 Macklind Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: 314-534-0200, Ext. 424

Fax: 314-534-7996