Remote treatment of sleep-related trichotillomania and trichophagia

Katherine R. Lichtblau, Patrick W. Romani, Brian D. Greer, Wayne W. Fisher, Allie K. Bragdon

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We used a biobehavioral treatment consisting of melatonin and a standardized bed and wake time to decrease one girl's head and mouth touches associated with sleep-related trichotillomania and trichophagia. We remotely coached the girl's caregiver to implement all procedures and monitored response to treatment using a DropCam Pro video camera equipped with night-vision capabilities. Head and mouth touches decreased, and her sleep pattern improved with the combination of treatment strategies. We discuss our use of a novel mode of service delivery to treat sleep-related problem behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-262
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • melatonin
  • remote treatment
  • sleep hygiene
  • trichophagia
  • trichotillomania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology


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