Patricia Perrin, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida State University in 1984. She later completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sid Richardson Institute for Preventive Medicine, at Methodist Hospital, in conjunction with Baylor College of Medicine. In 1997, she attended the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) sponsored by the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), and since then has focused on treating individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Her practice is the OCD and Anxiety Treatment Center of Houston, where she specializes in treating OCD, anxiety disorders, and OCD related disorders, e.g., body focused repetitive behaviors (trichotillomania, i.e., hair pulling, skin picking, etc.,). She also specializes in women’s mental health, in particular, in postpartum depression, postpartum OCD, and postpartum anxiety. Since 2002 she has served on a committee with Mental Health America of Greater Houston which is part of the Women’s Mental Health Initiative, called the Yates Children Memorial Fund, whose purpose is to educate the community about postpartum illness. This committee co-sponsored the Postpartum Support International conference in Houston in 2007, where she presented on postpartum OCD.
Dr. Perrin has taught psychology for seven years at the college and graduate school level. Over the span of her career, she has held a particular interest in professional training. She has given numerous presentations at conferences, including many IOCDF conferences, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the Texas Psychological Association, the Houston Psychological Association, the Trichotillomania Learning Center, the Counseling Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, Postpartum Support International Conference, and the Mental Health Association of Greater Houston’s Conference on Women’s Mental Health. She has given presentations to faculty and residents of Baylor College of Medicine, staff of the Rice University Counseling Center, and has given a full day training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD at the Universidad de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico.
While on postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Preventive Medicine at Methodist Hospital, she taught courses on stress management in the community and was on the committee that rewrote the stress management program for the IPM. She also taught, along with Baylor dietitians, courses in weight loss and weight maintenance in the Protein Sparing Modified Fast program. She continues to have a strong interest in healthy lifestyles, including weight loss, exercise, stress management, work-life balance, and in the benefit of exercise for treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Perrin is also a personal coach, trained through the MentorCoach program, which advocates using the theoretical basis of Positive Psychology. The basic premise of Positive Psychology is that psychology should not only help individuals with disorders, but can also contribute to what goes right in life, that is, in order to create happy, satisfying, and meaningful lives.