Volume on Impulse Control Disorders Co-Edited by Yale Psychiatry Professor

08/22/2011: Oxford University Press has released The Oxford Handbook of Impulse Control Disorders as a new title in its Oxford Library of Psychology series. The book, a collection of articles that thoroughly examine a range of related "impulse control disorders" (ICDs), was co-edited by Yale Psychiatry Professor Marc Potenza, MD, PhD.

Dr. Potenza is Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study, and Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine, where he is director of several programs, including the Problem Gambling Clinic, the Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders, and the Women and Addictions Core of Women's Health Research. He has authored more than 150 publications and is on the editorial boards of eight journals, including Neuropsychopharmacology.

The volume, which was co-edited with Dr. Jon Grant, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, provides researchers and clinicians with a clear understanding of the developmental, biological, and phenomenological features of a range of ICDs, as well as detailed approaches to their assessment and treatment. The book brings together founding ICD researchers and leading experts from psychology and psychiatry to review the biological underpinnings of impulsivity and the conceptual challenges facing clinicians as they treat individuals with ICDs.

Among the Yale Psychiatry Department-affiliated ICD researchers and experts who contributed to the volume were Potenza; Rani Desai, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Epidemiology; and Christopher Hammond, MD a fifth-year resident in Yale's Integrated Child, Adolescent, and Adult Residency Program.

In advance praise of the publication, Dr. John Krystal, Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor and Chair of Yale's Department of Psychiatry called The Oxford Handbook of Impulse Control Disorders "a timely compendium addressing an important and understudied area. The special strength of this volume is its ability to draw parallels between areas that might under other circumstances be treated separately-most particularly, the disorders of disinhibition, such as disinhibited aggression in neural injury or neurodegeneration populations, and the disorders of compulsivity, such as trichotillomania, The editors are to be congratulated for recruiting an outstanding group of authors for this volume. Is seems destined to be an authoritative source in this rapidly developing area."

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