Family and Behavioral Therapist


Cali Werner’s, LMSW, clinical interests focus on OCD, athletes repetitive and ritualistic performance inhibiting behaviors, anxiety and performance, and mental health stigma. In addition to being a family therapist for the McLean OCD Institute // Houston, Cali is a research coordinator for the Bergen 4 Day Treatment program. She also does networking and outreach for our program and is an OCD advocate for the Peace of Mind Foundation. Cali received her bachelor’s degree from Rice University where she also competed as a Division I collegiate distance runner receiving a national honorable mention in track. Cali received her master’s degree in social work with a specialization in OCD from Baylor University. Cali continues to pursue distance running and will be competing in the Olympic Trials for the marathon In February, 2020. Her current research of OCD and athletes coincides with her love for running. Cali is dedicated to raising awareness and speaking on behalf of those with mental illness by educating, providing resources and hope.  


Expertise/Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Athletes, OCD and performance inhibiting behaviors
  • Mental health stigma
  • Access to evidence based care


Education and Fellowships:


  • MSW – Social Work, Baylor University, 2019          
  • B.A. – Sports Management, Rice University, 2017


Licensure and Certifications:


  • LMSW – Licensed Master Social Worker, Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners, 2019; License number: 67793


Selected Publications:

  • 2019 Werner, C., Hoepfl, C., Rufino, K.A., Storch, E.A., McIngvale, E. (2019).  Changing the Landscape of OCD Education.  Journal of Mental Health Education. Issue 2, 1-19.


Media, Honors and Awards:


  • 2019 – Athletes & OCD (Facebook Live)


  • 2018 – Dunn Scholar for Mental Health, Baylor University Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Houston, TX
  • 2018 – Golden Key International Honor Society Invitation, Baylor University Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Houston, TX
  • 2018 – Joyce Pounds Hardy Award: Most prestigious collegiate athlete award given to the most outstanding female varsity athlete in athletic and scholastic achievement, Rice University, Houston, TX
  • 2017 – Hero of the Year Finalist: Awarded to college students trying to make a difference in the world, Houston, TX
  • 2016 – Rice International Ambassador in Spain scholarship, Rice University, Houston, TX