April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

Nationally known psychologist, author, and researcher, specializing in the study and treatment of compulsive buying disorder.

April Lane Benson, Ph.D., is a nationally known psychologist, in practice in New York City for over 35 years, who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She co-founded the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia and serves on the Board of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, both in NewYork.
Dr. Benson edited the first multidisciplinary examination of her subject, I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self (Aronson, 2000). Her second book, To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop (Trumpeter, 2008), offers a highly effective program for stopping overshopping. Research into the efficacy of this model was published in June, 2014 in the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery.
Offering individual treatment and group coaching, both in person, on the telephone, and via Skype, Dr. Benson also trains therapists who want to work with overshoppers and helps raise public awareness about the dangers of overconsumption. Frequently interviewed for online and print publications including The New York Times and The Wall St. Journal, Dr. Benson has been interviewed on radio, including The Diane Rehm Show and the Brian Lehrer Show, television, including appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America, and had a role in the documentary What Would Jesus Buy?

Maintaining an active and informative website that includes a comprehensive resource center, a blog, and a press kit; her site, is visited by people from more than 125 countries each year.

Got a tip?

Do you have info to share with HuffPost reporters? Here’s how.