Dr. Barthle-Herrera publishes children’s guide to OCD

Authors Megan Barthle-Herrera, Ph.D. and Amanda Balkhi, Ph.D. released “a much-anticipated resource for families of young children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – for the first time young children with OCD can see themselves represented in a diverse cast of children as they challenge and beat their Worry Monster! With exciting images and a familiar rhyme, this book is a perfect treatment companion for children with OCD and their families. 

Follow Zara, Finn, Sophia, Shah, and Jayden as they each challenge their unique obsessions and compulsions voiced by their personal Worry Monster. Using the principles of exposure therapy, each character finds the courage to use their skills to shrink their Worry Monster from an unimaginable beast to a pocket-sized annoyance.” 


Megan Barthle-Herrera, Ph.D., PMH-C is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Psychology. Dr. Barthle-Herrera has worked in diverse clinical settings, gaining valuable experience in treating individuals of all ages. Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT-E/RP) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Dr. Barthle-Herrera is actively involved in the Fear Facers Summer Camp, a unique camp designed for children and adolescents with OCD and related disorders. At camp, participants aged 7 to 15 engage in daily therapy sessions alongside enriching activities tailored for personal growth and behavior improvement.

Amanda Balkhi, Ph.D. is an advocate for child health and wellbeing and is the current Executive Director of the Balkhi Foundation. Amanda’s previous scientific publications focus on improving and disseminating effective interventions for the health of children with significant illnesses and their families. During her time at the University of Florida, Amanda led the first study to assess the impact that parents’ online health information seeking has on children with Type 1 Diabetes which provided key insights into the impact that online relationships have on real world caretaking. She also worked with the University of Florida Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Program to codify the Progressive Cascading Model of therapist training thus disseminating a highly effective and scalable model of training for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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