Caleb Lack

Oklahoma City, OK

Caleb W. Lack, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, professor, and scientific skeptic operating out of Oklahoma. Dr. Lack is the author or editor of six books, most recently Critical Thinking, Science, & Pseudoscience: Why You Can't Trust Your Brain (co-authored with University of Cape Town philosopher Jacques Rousseau). He has also authored or co-authored more than 45 scientific publications relating to the evidence-based assessment and treatment of psychological problems such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, pediatric mood disorders, and posttraumatic stress. In addition, Dr. Lack regularly presents nationally and internationally at conferences on a variety of topics, including children's reactions to natural disasters, computer-based treatment of substance abuse, innovative teaching and training methods, and more. He is on the editorial board of several scientific journals and a reviewer for both journals and granting agencies.

On the skepticism side of his day job, Dr. Lack teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on critical thinking, science, and pseudoscience. Dr. Lack is also the founding advisor of the Skeptics@UCO, a campus group dedicated to the application and promotion of reason and scientific skepticism in all areas of life. He is a contributor to Michael Shermer's Skepticism 101 project - "a comprehensive, free repository of resources for teaching students how to think skeptically" and writes the Great Plains Skeptic column for the Skeptic Ink Network. He has also written for Skeptical Inquirer and makes regular appearances on local media. Finally, Dr. Lack is the current Director of the Secular Therapy Project, which aims to connect people seeking mental health services with licensed, evidence-based, non-religious psychologists, counselors, and therapists.

Common Presentation Titles:

  • Why You Can't Trust Your Brain
  • Critical Thinking Skills (and how to use them) 
  • The True Value of Skepticism 
  • Distinguishing Science from Pseudoscience  

I would expect to be reimbursed for travel/lodging by any group. For student groups I would just expect a nominal fee (or perhaps waive it altogether), but for others I would charge $250-500 (depending on the group size and amount of travel required)

Topic(s): Education, Psychology, Skepticism

Sub-topic(s): Critical thinking, Science education, Evolutionary psychology, Mental illness, Pseudoscience, Skeptic movement