I’m a psychologist in Austin, Texas. I’ve specialized for most of my professional career in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related issues of perfectionism, procrastination, underachievement and burnout. This year, however, I’m on “sabbatical”, taking a break from full-time practice.

I’ve had an interest, since majoring in History in college, in how we use our histories to define ourselves and our world as we navigate through our days and into our future. I’ve recently become the Historian for the Norwood Park Foundation and I’m thoroughly enjoying putting together original sources and oral recollections of this Austin landmark.

I’m especially interested in how we, as individuals and cultures, perceive and manage risks and opportunities, from personal to planetary, and how we go about creating our lives. 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 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