Shanda Curiel, PsyD

Shanda Curiel, OCD Psychologist, OCD specialist, ERP, Exposure and Response Prevention

Professional Bio

Dr. Curiel is a Licensed Psychologist originally trained as a generalist treating the entire lifespan in a variety of settings since 2004; however, in 2011 she narrowed her scope of practice to specialize in the treatment of pediatric and adult Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Tic Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders (e.g. Social Anxiety Disorder & Specific Phobias).  She has received extensive training in evidence-based treatments, implementing these approaches in various levels of care (treating mild to extreme severities).  She also teaches graduate courses on the diagnosis and treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders and provides presentations to medical/psychiatric professionals and members of the community to raise awareness of the etiology, symptoms, and maintenance of OCD.


OCD/ERP Consultant - Resilience Treatment Center, Los Angeles, CA

OCD Psychologist - Private Practice, Los Angeles, CA & KC, MO & LS, MO

OCD/Anx Specialist - Resilience Treatment Ctr PHP/IOP, Los Angeles, CA

Assistant Professor - Avila University, Kansas City, MO

Clinical Psychologist - Truman Medical Center IP, Kansas City, MO

Psych Resident - Center for Psychological Health Wellbeing, Aurora, MO

Psych Intern - CAU Goodman Psychological Services Center, Miami, FL

PsyD - School of Professional Psychology at Forest Insitute, Springfield, MO

MA - School of Professional Psychology at Forest Insitute, Springfield, MO

BA - University of Texas, San Antonio, TX

CA Inactive:  28647


Specialty Professional Development & Advocacy


TLC VPTI in ComB for BFRBs CANDIDATE, 2018, Online
TAA TS-BTI CBIT for Tics, 2018, Illinois
IOCDF Pediatric BTTI, 2018, Wisconsin
IOCDF Advanced BTTI, 2017, Massachusetts
UPENN Intensive Training in EX/RP for OCD, 2011, Pennsylvania
IOCDF General BTTI, 2011, Wisconsin

CBIT Training for Tic Disorders, 2009, Missouri

IOCDF Conferences 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019
ADAA Conferences 2012, 2017


IOCDF Support Group Co-facilitator:  When OCD Postpones Adult Milestones/Major Decisions, Austin, TX, 2019


The Pregnancy & Postpartum Resource Center Board Member, 2018, 2019

IOCDF, Professional Member, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


Appearance on Urban Talk Radio 100.5FM:  OCD Myths & Misconceptions, Kansas City, MO, 8.7.18

OCD (& Related Disorders) Support Group, Resilience Treatment Center, Los Angeles, CA, 6.17-5.18 

A Million Steps for OCD Walk, Los Angeles, 6.3.17

OCD Support Group, Private Practice, Riverside, MO, 2012


Select Presentations, Trainings, Courses, & Consultation

Clinician Trainings/Consultation:  OCD, Exposure Therapies for Anxiety Disorders, Family Accommodation of OCD, & Hierarchy Assessment & Development for Anxiety Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, dates vary 8.16-Present, Resilience Treatment Center, Los Angeles, CA, 30 min - 1 hr

Oh Snap!  Kids Boss Back OCD, 4.16.19, Johnson County Mental Health Educ(ate) Series, Olathe, KS, 1.5 clock hrs

Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness Talk, 2.16.19, Oh Baby KC & True Vitality KC, Mid-Continent Public Library, Gladstone, MO, 3 hrs

Will the Real OCD Please Stand Up, 1.31.19, ED Care (Eating Disorders Treatment Center), Mission, KS, 30 min - 1 hr

Will the Real OCD Please Stand Up, 11.14.18, Play Abilities KC (Occupational Therapy Clinic), Leawood, KS, 1 hr

Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders, 11.10.18, Saint Marys Senior Center, Saint Marys, KS, 2 hrs

Will the Real OCD Please Stand Up, 10.12.18, Mental Health America of the Heartland, Evangel Church, Kansas City, MO, 3 hrs

Prolonged Exposure for PTSD, 9.21.18 - 9.22.19, Avila University Counseling Psychology MS program, Kansas City, MO, 1 credit hr

Assessment of Perinatal/Postpartum OCD "Harm" Thoughts in Parents, 8.15.17, Newman Regional Health OB RNs, Emporia, KS, 1 hr

Assessment of Perinatal/Postpartum OCD "Harm" Thoughts in Parents, 7.18.17, Resilience Treatment Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1.0 Amedco

OCD:  Uncensored, 11.3.16, Resilience Treatment Center, Los Angeles, CA, 30min

Assessment of Perinatal OCD "Harm" Thoughts in Parents, 6.22.16, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Overland Park, KS, 1.5 CEUs

Fearing Harm Will Happen to Your Baby:  Perinatal and Postpartum OCD, 2.16.15, Keeler Women's Center, Kansas City, KS, 1.5 CEUs

Risk Assessment in OCD:  Overestimated Perceived Threat vs. Actual Threat of Harm, 2.9.16, Keeler Women's Center, Kansas City, KS, 1.5 CEUs


OCD Myths & Misconceptions Radio Interview

Urban Talk Radio 100.5 FM

Talk About It Tuesdays

A Personal Note

To Those Who Are Suffering:

Often times it can take years or decades to seek therapy because it can feel like a frightening first step.  For some, unwarranted shame plays a significant role in hesitating to begin therapy.  I want you to know you are making one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself.  You no longer have to suffer when phenomenal therapeutic interventions exist that could change your life.  You are not alone and I have likely treated many individuals with the same or similar fears.  Treatment requires substantial courage and commitment and that is the path to relief.

For others, like so many of my patients, you have seen multiple therapists and were misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and/or did not make significant progress.  This can be discouraging and costly.  Many individuals are unaware that it is important to seek a therapist who not only says they specialize in your issue, but has completed additional training to thoroughly understand how to conceptualize and treat your condition with the most effective treatment modality.


I chose to specialize in the aforementioned conditions because I genuinely enjoy working with individuals who are so delicately susceptible to worry and discomfort.  It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life seeing just what my patients are made of when they gradually take back their lives... adults enjoying life's quiet moments and children seeing all of life's wonder, again.


Dr. C