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Greg Chasson publishes new book on hoarding disorder

Greg ChassonGregory Chasson, associate professor of psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Lewis College of Human Sciences, published a new book, Hoarding Disorder. The book is part of Hogrefe’s Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice series.

Individuals with hoarding disorder save items in excess and have difficulty getting rid of them, leading to overwhelming clutter that interferes with daily life. Chasson’s new book focuses on how to diagnose hoarding disorder and how to provide cognitive-based therapy (CBT) for treatment. Clinical practitioners and students will learn about the psychoeducational, motivational, and harm-reduction techniques to improve CBT treatment outcomes in their patients.

"Hoarding disorder affects four to six out of every 100 people, and there are many more individuals with hoarding symptoms that severe enough for a formal diagnosis. Unfortunately, only a small subgroup of mental health practitioners really knows how to deliver evidence-based psychological treatments for hoarding, even though these treatments can be quite helpful,” explains Chasson. “I wanted to write this book with my colleague, Jedidiah Siev (assistant professor of psychology at Swarthmore College), to provide a resource for helping professionals and address the problematic bottleneck for accessing effective services."

Chasson’s research interests include obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (OSCD) across the lifespan, autism spectrum disorders, and anxiety disorders. His research group, the Repetitive Experiences and Behavior Lab, studies the nature and treatment of conditions that are characterized by repetitive phenomena, such as OCSD. In fall 2018 he assumed the role of director of the Department of Psychology’s Clinical Training Program.

Hoarding Disorder is available at the Hogrefe website.