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Barry Lubetkin Ph.D.


Barry Lubetkin, Ph.D., is the director and founder of The Institute For Behavior Therapy in New York City. He is board-certified in both clinical psychology and behavioral psychology. He is the author of numerous academic and popular articles as well as two popular self-help books: Bailing Out and Why Do I Need You to Love Me in Order to Like Myself. He also has recorded the popular insomnia treatment CD set "Dr. Barry's Sound Asleep." The Institute for Behavior Therapy is the oldest private cognitive behavior therapy center in the United States, founded in 1971. Lubetkin boldly opened the Institute in New York City, the center of psychoanalytic thinking, when behavior therapists were seen as "symptom removers," not comprehensive practitioners. Over the last decades, of course, that naive perspective has radically changed. Many hundreds of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers have received training at the Institute and have gone on to become leaders in behavior therapy. Over 20,000 patients have received treatment at the Institute. Lubetkin received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University and was a fellow in the National Institute of Mental Health Alcoholism Training Program at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and an NIMH fellow in Behavior Modification at Stony Brook. He has had faculty positions at Rutgers, Hofstra, Stony Brook, Yeshiva, and New York University. Lubetkin has lectured internationally as well as being a popular guest expert on TV shows such as Oprah, Sally, CNN, Fox, and others. Lubetkin is the recipient of several awards and honors within the profession of psychology including the Annual Meritorious Service Award from The Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (currently ABCT). He served as President of The American Board of Behavior Therapy and has served on numerous editorial and review boards. He also served as the Editor in Chief of the Diplomate, the first journal published by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In addition to his two books, he has published over 50 articles in the fields of cognitive behavior therapy and general psychology.

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