I’m a psychologist in Austin, Texas. I’m especially interested in the psychology of how we perceive and manage all kinds of risks and opportunities, from personal to planetary, and how we go about creating our lives.

I’ve specialized for most of my professional career in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related issues of perfectionism, procrastination, underachievement and burnout.

I provide specialized consultation and brief intensive treatment for OCD. I also serve as president of OCD TEXAS, a non-profit support and advocacy organization for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, which I helped found in 2010. As Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas in Austin, I provide clinical supervision for doctoral students.

This year, however, I’m on “sabbatical”, taking a break from full-time practice.

I’m currently serving on the editorial staff of Planet3.0, an online conversation site focusing on sustainable technologies and cultures. I’m interested in the psychology of how people engage with or tune out from climate change and other complex and daunting issues affecting our collective future.

I’m also very interested in the history and culture Texas, and especially this town I now myself living in. I’m taking some time this year to get to know it better.

I live with my husband, Michael Tobis, and my cat, Rover, “the cat who thinks she is a dog”. Last year we moved closer to the Barton Creek Greenbelt, and I’m now swimming in the cold spring-fed pool nearly every morning. I especially enjoy making, sharing and seeing photographs.

For more info, see my bio or vitae and the rest of this site, and please feel free to contact me at:

512-649-1067 (confidential voicemail)
irenetobis(at)gmail.com
Barton Creek after a rain

Barton Creek after a rain