OCD and Christianity

Dr Osborn is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. He has taught psychiatry as a faculty member at Penn State University and the University of New Mexico, and served for a decade as director of mental health and chief of psychiatry at Centre Community Hospital in State College, Pa.



I live in State College, Pennsylvania, where I grew up and then practiced psychiatry for many years, most of them in the student health center of Penn State.

I  became a Christian at a somewhat late age–about thirty– and I’m committed to that faith. I have been married for 40 years to my wife, Rosa, and have three grown kids and three grandchildren. What else? That’s about it. I like golf and watching sports. I like reading about religion.

I’ve had my own struggle with obsessions and compulsions, and through my own (sometimes I admit obsessive) study of Christianity, I’ve run across some ideas that I know can be helpful to others with OCD. I know this because I’ve treated a lot of Christians with the disorder.  On this website, I’m trying to put enough information to allow a person to understand how he or she can effectively use faith to combat OCD.


Ian Osborn, MD CV


1979 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Educational History:

1973 M.D. The Pennsylvania State University
1969 B. S. The Pennsylvania State University

Employment History:

2012 to present Retired, with practice related to this website only
2011-2012 Student Health Psychiatrist, Pennsylvania State University
2007–2011 Psychiatrist, Dept of Health, State of New Mexico
2005-2007 Student Health Psychiatrist, Pennsylvania State University
2000-2005 Attending psychiatrist and Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
1993-2000 Student Health Psychiatrist, Pennsylvania State University
1993-2000 Psychiatrist, Clearfield-Jefferson Mental Health Center
1990-1993 Private Practice in psychiatry, State College, Pa
1980-1990 Director of Mental Health and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Centre Community Hospital, State College, Pa
1977-1980 Student Health Psychiatrist, Pennsylvania State University
1974-1977 Residency, University of Iowa, Department of Psychiatry
1974 Rotating Internship, The Allentown General Hospital


1998 Pantheon Books, NY “Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-
Compulsive Disorder.”
Dell Publishers, 2000 Paperback Edition.
2008, Brazos Press “Can Christianity Cure Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? A Psychiatrist Explores the
Role of Faith in Treatment.”
2023, OCD Resources Publishing “Martin Luther’s Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: How the Great Reformer Cured OCD and What He Learned.”

Books by Ian Osborn