Date of Award:

12-2022

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Committee Chair(s)

Michael P. Twohig

Committee

Michael P. Twohig

Committee

Michael E. Levin

Committee

Elizabeth B. Fauth

Abstract

Trichotillomania, or chronic hair pulling, impacts several aspects of a person’s everyday life and functioning including making it difficult to fully engage in school, work, romantic relationships, and other social relationships. There are several treatment options for trichotillomania and one that is particularly promising is acceptance and commitment therapy-enhanced behavioral therapy (AEBT). Several studies have been done in person and through telehealth and this treatment has helped participants.

Many people in the U.S. struggle with trichotillomania but many people are not able to access treatment for their hair pulling because clinicians are not available in their area, clinicians are not trained to help with hair pulling, and the financial burden of therapy on the individual. Telehealth has helped individuals to access clinicians, but it still causes a financial burden to access telehealth services. This study was designed to test a web-based treatment, that could be accessed from anywhere, that delivered AEBT through a fully automated, modular system to address all barriers and limitations to accessing treatment. The treatment was tested against a waitlist condition (delayed access to treatment) in a sample of 81 adults in the U.S. with trichotillomania. Results are discussed.

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