A few years back, I interviewed my friend and former SIN colleague, Dr Caleb Lack. Since then, we have worked together on a number of book projects, and he has recently released a formidable book, getting many plaudits:
Critical Thinking, Science, and Pseudoscience: Why We Can’t Trust Our Brains
I am hoping it will get a popular release as it is at the moment an academic textbook in its pricing. It is apparently very good indeed.
Anywho, here is my interview. We really should get together and do another one…
His bio is here:
Caleb W. Lack, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Counseling Practicum Coordinator in the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma.
A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Lack is the author or editor of six books on topics from critical thinking and pseudoscience to racism and sexism in early psychology to various kinds of psychopathology. He has also authored more than 40 scientific publications relating to the assessment and treatment of psychological problems such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, pediatric mood disorders, and posttraumatic stress. In addition, Dr. Lack has presented nationwide and internationally at conferences on a variety of topics, is on the editorial board of scientific journals, and is a reviewer for both journals and granting agencies.
Dr. Lack’s clinical interest in evidence-based practice developed while in graduate school for Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University and during his predoctoral internship in Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology at the University of Florida. He specializes in the treatment of children and adults with anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, such as chronic tics, Tourette’s Syndrome, trichotillomania, and excoriation. He has consulted for and been interviewed by local, national, and international media outlets.
In addition to courses on his clinical and research specialties in the anxiety disorders and evidence-based psychological practice, Dr. Lack also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on critical thinking, science, and pseudoscience. He writes the Great Plains Skeptic column on the Skeptic Ink Network, as well as presenting about skepticism and critical thinking frequently. Currently, he is the Director of the Secular Therapist Project, which aims to bring together non-religious persons seeking mental health treatment with secular, evidence-based providers. Dr. Lack is also the founding advisor of the Skeptics@UCO, a campus group dedicated to the application and promotion of reason and scientific skepticism in all areas of life.
A native Oklahoman, Dr. Lack grew up in the rural community of Mountain View, where his parents still reside and farm and ranch on land that has been owned by the family for close to 100 years. He currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with his beautiful wife and brilliant son on a wonderful little property called Freethought Farm.
All entries on the Onus Books and Loom blog concerning Dr. Lack can be found here. These include interviews, reviews and pieces about Dr. Lack’s work.
Links to the Onus Books pages for Dr. Lack’s books
Dr. Lack’s books, released through Onus Books, are:
Mood Disorders: An Introduction
Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction
Psychology Gone Astray: A Selection of Racist & Sexist Literature from Early Psychological Research
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Etiology, Phenomenology, and Treatment