David F. Tolin

David F. Tolin

David F. Tolin, Ph.D., is an American clinical psychologist.[1]



Dr. Tolin was born in Washington State and attended the University of Washington.[2] He later received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas. He is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.[3] In 2000 Dr. Tolin founded the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living, where he continues to serve as Director.[4] He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine.[5]

Academic Contributions

Dr. Tolin is an expert on cognitive behavioral therapy. He has published more than 100 scientific journal articles related to anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, and related topics.[6] He serves as a principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health,[7] and has been a member of their scientific review committees. Dr. Tolin is a leading expert in the area of hoarding disorder (also known as compulsive hoarding).[8] He has been an outspoken advocate against the use of torture by psychologists in the war on terror.[9]

Dr. Tolin has published three books: Face Your Fears: A Proven Plan to Beat Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Obsessions,[10] Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding,[11] and Treating Trichotillomania: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Hairpulling and Related Problems.[12]

Popular Media

Dr. Tolin was the host of the 2010 VH1 television series The OCD Project.[13] Previously, he was the original psychologist on the A&E series Hoarders.[14] Dr. Tolin has also made numerous appearances on programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show[15][16][17] and The Dr. Oz Show.[18][19]


  1. ^ [1] Institute of Living
  2. ^ [2] Sharecare.org
  3. ^ [3] American Board of Professional Psychology
  4. ^ [4] Institute of Living
  5. ^ [5] Yale University School of medicine
  6. ^ [6] Dr. David Tolin web page
  7. ^ [7] NIH RePORTER
  8. ^ [8] PubMed
  9. ^ [9] Newswise
  10. ^ [10] Amazon.com
  11. ^ [11] Amazon.com
  12. ^ [12] Amazon.com
  13. ^ [13] VH1.com
  14. ^ [14] A&E
  15. ^ [15] Oprah.com
  16. ^ [16] Oprah.com
  17. ^ [17] Oprah.com
  18. ^ [18] Doctoroz.com
  19. ^ [19] Doctoroz.com

External links

  • [20] Dr. David Tolin web page
  • [21] Dr. David Tolin staff page, Institute of Living

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