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.

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

I 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.

I also serve 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 live with my husband, Michael Tobis, and my cat, Rover, “the cat who thinks she is a dog”. We’ve recently 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 or irenetobis(at)planet3.org