Sep 28, 2021
On this podcast episode, we interview Dr. Fred Penzel who received both his MA and PhD in School and Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University in 1985. In 1989, he founded Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, New York, where he is the executive director and a practicing psychologist. Since 1982, he has been involved in the treatment of numerous disorders including OCD, body dysmorphic disorder, body-focused repetitive behaviors such as hair-pulling disorder (Trichotillomania) and excoriation disorder (compulsive skin-picking), panic and agoraphobia, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder. He specializes in the treatment of these disorders within his practice. He is a founding and active member of both the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) and the TLC Foundation for BFRB’s Science Advisory Boards. He is also a member of advisory board of the United Kingdom’s Anxiety UK organization. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member and community supervisor for the doctoral psychology program at Long Island University (C.W. Post campus). He is the author of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well (2017) and The Hair Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania (2003). He has no conflicts of interest to report.