Ascher received his bachelor's degree from Long Island University. He earned both
the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Psychology at
the University of Pittsburgh. He then completed a postdoctoral year with T.X. Barber
Dr. Ascher has published pioneering research, and remains interested in, the use of
paradoxical intention as a behavioral procedure in the treatment of anxiety disorders
complicated by a "fear of fear" component. In addition, he is investigating investor
anxiety - the emotional difficulties experienced by the average retail stock market
investor, and how these difficulties adversely affect performance.
Ascher, L.M. (2002) Paradoxical intention. Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy, Vol. 2,
331-337 USA: Elsevier Science
Ascher, L.M. and Schotte, D.E. (1999) Paradoxical and recursive anxiety. Journal of
behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry, 30, 71-79.
Ascher, L.M. (1989) Paradoxical intention: Its clarification and emergence as a conventional
behavioral procedure. The behavioral therapist, 12, 23-28.
Ascher, L.M. (1989) Employing paradoxical intention in the treatment of agoraphobia.
Behavior research and therapy, 19, 533-542.
Ascher, L.M. (1989) Paradoxical intention and recursive anxiety. In L.M. Ascher (ed.)
Therapeutic Paradox. NY.: Guilford Press.
Ascher, L.M. and DiTomasso, R.A. (1985). Paradoxical intention in behavior therapy:
A review of the experimental literature. In R.M. Turner and L.M. Ascher (Eds.) Evaluating
Behavior Therapy. New York: Springer.
Ascher, L.M. (1985). Paradoxical intention. In A.S. Bellack and M. Herson (Eds.) Dictionary
of Behavior Therapy Techniques. New York: Pergamon Press.
Ascher, L.M., Bowers, M. and Schotte, D.E. (1985). Empirical issues in paradox. In
G.R. Weeks (Ed.) Promoting Change through Paradoxical Therapy, Homewood, Illinois:
Ascher, L.M. (1979) Paradoxical intention in the treatment of urinary retention. Behavior
research and therapy, 17, 267-270.
Ascher L.M. and Efran, J.S. (1978) The use of paradoxical intention in a behavioral
program for sleep onset insomnia. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 8,
Ascher, L.M. (1977) The role of hypnosis in behavior therapy. Annals of New York Academy
of Sciences, 296, 250-263
Ascher, L.M. and Cautela, J.R. (1975) An experimental study of covert extinction.
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 17, 233-238. Reprinted in
D. Upper and J.R. Cautela (Eds.) Covert Conditioning. New York: Pergamon Press, 1979.