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Fred Penzel, Ph.D.
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Telephone: (631) 351-1729
Fax: (631) 424-4041

Information: Fred Penzel, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, and holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Hofstra University in School and Clinical Psychology, and graduated from there is 1985. He is the executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services. Within his practice, he specializes in the Cognitive/Behavioral treatment of OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Body-focused Repetitive Behaviors such as Trichotillomania and Compulsive Skin-picking, Panic and Agoraphobia, phobias, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Penzel is a founding member of both the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) and Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC) Science Advisory Boards. In 2011, Dr. Penzel was given the Patricia Perkins International OCD Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award. He is also a member of the advisory board of the United Kingdom’s National Phobic’s Society, as well as being an advisor to Trik Norden, the Scandinavian organization for Trichotillomania. Dr. Penzel is the author of “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide To Getting Well And Staying Well,” a self-help work covering OCD and other O-C spectrum disorders, as well as “The Hair Pulling Problem: A Complete Guide to Trichotillomania,” a more specialized self-help work. Dr. Penzel is also a frequent contributor to IOCD F’s newsletter and In Touch, the newsletter of TLC. He has served numerous times as an instructor in both the IOCDF Behavioral Therapy Institute, and the TLC Professional Training Institute. Over the years, he has lectured both nationally and internationally on topics relating to OCD and Body-focused Repetitive Behaviors. In addition, Dr. Penzel is a community supervisor for the doctoral psychology program at Long Island University. As a side note, Dr. Penzel holds an MFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the Yale Drama School, and wrote “Theatre Lighting Before Electricity,” the first written history of theatre lighting.


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