Virtual Assembly 2020 Presenter Dr. Fugen Neziroglu



Dr. Fugen Neziroglu, PH.D., ABBP, ABPP


Neurobiological and Neurochemical Processes of Hoarding Disorder

The recent distinction between Hoarding Disorder (HD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has ignited the interests of researchers who seek to discover the neurobiological mechanisms behind HD. Findings show that HD is associated with brain abnormalities distinct from OCD, such as significantly different anterior cingulate cortices and precentral and superior frontal gyri.  HD is associated with deficits in executive functioning, attention, and memory.  This presentation will discuss the most recent neuropsychological findings of HD and how they will impact the future treatment of this disorder. You will understand what cognitive deficits people with HD experience and what strategies are effective in working with these deficits.


Dr. Fugen Neziroglu is a board-certified behavior and cognitive psychologist, and leading researcher on anxiety disorders. She is the co-founder and director of the Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck NY, a clinic specializing in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders. Dr. Neziroglu is also a member of many national and international societies and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF) and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), as well as President of OCDNY. Dr. Neziroglu has presented and published over 300 papers in scientific journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Behaviour Research and Therapy, and the Journal of Anxiety Disorders. Additionally, she is the author and co-author of fifteen books on obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including, most recently Children of Hoarders, Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding.