University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Behavior Therapy & Research Lab - Doug Woods (ACT; PhD; USA)

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Research in the BTRL has two related foci. One focus is on understanding and developing treatments for OC-Spectrum disorders in children and adults. A second focus is on evaluating the efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and trying to understand the related mechanisms of change. The BTRL is directed by Dr. Doug Woods. Visit the lab website to view the most current research projects.


Treatment Studies

Behavior Therapy for Adults With Chronic Skin Picking
This study is funded by the Trichotillomania Learning Center, Inc. We are looking for adults over the age of 18 with a Chronic Skin Picking problem. The study is being conducted to compare ACT+HRT to a TAU condition for CSP. Treatment is free for those who qualify. The study has not started yet, but should begin sometime in the Summer of 2005. Please contact Chris Flessner for more information on this study, or call (414) 229-6078.

Behavior Therapy for Adults with Trichotillomania
This study seeks to evaluate the best way to administer a ACT+HRT for trichotillomania in adults. The study is being conducted in conjunction with the Trichotillomania/BFRB Specialty Clinic, and is offered to Clinic clients as one potential option for treatment.

ACT Related Studies Examining Factors Underlying Psychopathology

Experiential Avoidance as a Mediator Between Unpleasant Private Experiences and CSP


Treatment Studies

Woods, D. W., Wetterneck, C. T., & Flessner, C. A. (2006). A controlled evaluation of acceptance and commitment therapy plus habit reversal for trichotillomania. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44, 639-656.

Teng, E. J., Woods, D. W., & Twohig, M. P. (in press). Habit reversal as a treatment for chronic skin picking: Comparison to a wait-list control. Behavior Modification. Twohig, M. P. & Woods, D. W. (2004). A Preliminary Investigation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Habit Reversal as a Treatment for Trichotillomania. Behavior Therapy, 35, 803-820.

ACT Related Studies Examining Factors Underlying Psychopathology

Begotka, A. M., Woods, D. W., & Wetterneck, C. T. (2004). The relationship between experiential avoidance and the severity of trichotillomania in a non-referred population. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 35, 17-24.

Marcks, B. A. & Woods, D. W. (2005). A comparison of thought suppression to an acceptance-based technique in the management of personal intrusive thoughts: A controlled evaluation. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43, 433-445.

Norberg, M. M., Woods, D. W., & Wetterneck, C. T. (2005). Examination of the mediating role of psychological acceptance in relationships between cognitions and severity of chronic hairpulling.

Wetterneck, C. T., & Woods, D. W. (2005). Hair pulling antedecents in trichotillomania: their relationship with experiential avoidance.