The fear of contamination is the most common theme observed in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Recent theoretical developments have highlighted the complex, powerful, and potentially persistent role of disgust in this disorder. Descriptive and experimental data addressing the specificity of the relationship between disgust and contamination-based OCD will be presented. Although studies incorporating multiple approaches highlight that the disgust-contamination-based OCD relationship is specific and robust, cognitive processes that may account for the association remain unclear. In addition to delineating such processes, cultural differences in disgust and contamination fear and how such differences may illuminate the association between the two constructs will be highlighted. Lastly, preliminary evidence on how this program of research on disgust may inform exposure-based treatment of contamination-based OCD will also be offered and future directions of this work will be discussed.
Bunmi Olatunji, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University where he also serves as the Director of Clinical Training. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and currently serves on the editorial boards of Behavior Therapy, International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, and Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. He has published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters, and has participated in more than 100 conference presentations. He is co-author of the book “10-minute CBT: Cognitive behavioral interventions for the brief medication visit” published by Oxford Press and co-editor of the book “Disgust and its disorders: Assessment, theory, and treatment” published by the American Psychological Association.
As Director of the Emotion and Anxiety Research Laboratory at Vanderbilt University, his primary research interest involves multilevel examination of cognitive behavioral theory, assessment, and therapy for anxiety disorders. He is currently adopting an experimental psychopathology framework to examine the role of basic emotions, especially disgust, as they relate to the assessment, etiology, and maintenance of anxiety-related disorders. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Health and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. For his research efforts, he was the recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 12 David Shakow Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology as well as the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies New Researcher Award.
Date: Friday, October 18, 2013, 11 am
Location: Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville (closest public parking is at the Speed Museum parking lot)
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