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Jeff Szymanski, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
  • Clinical Associate

Harvard Medical School Title
  • Lecturer on Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Part-Time


Jeff Szymanski, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is the founder of Getting to the Next Level Consulting. Dr. Szymanski has over 25 years of experience in mental health as a clinician, supervisor, trainer, and administrator. He served as the executive director of the International OCD Foundation for 15 years following his role as the director of psychological services at McLean’s OCD Institute.

Dr. Szymanski is a lecturer on psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, where he supervises pre-doctoral psychology interns through McLean’s internship program. He is the author of “The Perfectionist’s Handbook,” has appeared in over 150 media stories, and has presented at a multitude of conferences as well as domestic and international trainings.



Book cover - The Perfectionist’s Handbook

The Perfectionist’s Handbook: Take Risks, Invite Criticism, and Make the Most of Your Mistakes
Jeff Szymanski, PhD
(Wiley Publishing, 2011)

Education & Training

  • 1991 BS in Psychology, Northern Michigan University
  • 1993 MA in Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University
  • 1997 PhD in Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University
  • 1995-1996 Pre-Doctoral Internship, McLean Hospital
  • 1996-1997 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, May Institute
Board Certifications:
  • 1​9​9​8 Licensed Psychologist, Board of Registration of Psychologists, Commonwealth of Massachusetts