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Dr. Lack is a prolific author and editor. In addition to his six books and over 50 scientific articles and chapters, he also maintains the popular blog called the Great Plains Skeptic. Scroll down for more information.

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CTSP

CRITICAL THINKING, SCIENCE, AND PSEUDOSCIENCE:
WHY YOU CAN'T TRUST YOUR BRAIN

Dr. Lack's newest book (co-authored with University of Cape Town philosopher Jacques Rousseau) is designed to teach students (and other readers) how to apply critical thinking across all areas of life. Described by Michael Shermer (publisher, SKEPTIC magazine) as "the best collection of ideas on critical thinking and skepticism between two covers ever published," CTSP blends science, philosophy, and humor to examine why, exactly, you can't trust your brain. 

OCD

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER:
ETIOLOGY, PHENOMENOLOGY, & TREATMENT

Hailed as a "terrific volume on OCD that is concise yet thorough" (Jonathan Abramowitz, clinical psychologist and professor, University of North Carolina), this edited work contains chapters to help clinicians (and family members) understand what causes OCD, the forms it can take, and how to best treat it.

PGA

PSYCHOLOGY GONE ASTRAY:
A SELECTION OF RACIST & SEXIST LITERATURE FROM EARLY PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Co-authored and edited with noted comparative psychologist Charles Abramson, this volume brings together commentary and reprints of works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and "is an important contribution to the literature in psychology regarding a very uncomfortable time in our history" (Robert Mather, social psychologist and professor, University of Central Oklahoma)

ADAI

    ANXIETY DISORDERS:

AN INTRODUCTION

Covering what we know about each of the specific disorders across eight areas of knowledge, this text "artfully depicts the nature, clinical features, and empirical treatment literature associated with anxiety disorders. This volume is a must-have for any clinician or researcher given the high quality of writing, concise but thorough nature in which information is conveyed, and clinical utility” (Eric Storch, All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair Professor, University of South Florida).

MDAI

MOOD DISORDERS:

AN INTRODUCTION

Covering the depressive and bipolar disorders, this text gives clinicians and patients the knowledge needed to understand these problems.

TCPS

TORNADOES, CHILDREN, AND POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS

This monograph (based on Dr. Lack's master's thesis and doctoral dissertation) examines what we know about how disasters impact children's long-term functioning and what factors can help or hinder their recovery.

BLOGGING

Dr. Lack has written the Great Plains Skeptic column on the Skeptic Ink Network (SIN) since 2012. Highly trafficked and referenced, he writes on issues broadly related to psychology, critical thinking, skepticism, and whatever else strikes his fancy. He also has frequent guest posts by other professors and students, including ones done as part of class projects.

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