Promoting Psychology in the Evolving Healthcare Landscape: Enhancing the Well-Being of Patients, Providers, and Populations

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The Association of Psychologist in Academic Health Centers (APAHC) held its 8th National Conference at Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac hotel on March 9-11th.  It was the highest attended conference in the association’s history.  Conference keynote speakers included APA leadership-Katherine Nordal, Ph.D.,   W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP, Jessica Henderson, Ph.D., ABPP. Dr. Nordal, Executive Director of… Read more »

What can science tell us about suicide? (Answer: Not nearly enough… yet.)

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By Joseph Franklin, PhD and Jessica Ribeiro, PhD Suicide. For most people, this word conjures up images of someone who is extremely sad. Someone so lonely, stressed, or defeated that they’ve decided that they’d be better off dead. Some clinicians might add to this picture related characteristics such as emotion dysregulation, substance abuse, or impulsivity…. Read more »

Use of Universal Screening Scores to Predict Distal Academic and Behavioral Outcomes Among School-Aged youth

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Dr. Katie Eklund discusses the use of universal screening scores to predict distal academic and behavioral outcomes among school-aged youth. Research has well-documented poor school-related outcomes for students with behavioral and emotional concerns, including lower academic achievement, higher rates of suspension/expulsion, increased absenteeism, and lower graduation rates (e.g., Lane, Carter, Pierson, & Glaeser, 2006). As… Read more »

Clinicians and Clients Disagree: Implications for Evidence-Based Practice

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This blog piece by Dr. Douglas Samuel from Purdue University discusses a recently published article in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.  It is well-established that the approaches to diagnosis differ substantially between clinical practice and research settings. Whereas the typical research study collects data using either a semi-structured interview administered by a research assistant or… Read more »

Increasing access to high-fidelity Cognitive Therapy for underserved populations

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Guest blog author Dr. Torrey Creed discusses a recently published article in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology focused on implementing trans diagnostic cognitive therapy in diverse community settings with the Beck Community Initiative. Decades of research have led to evidence-based practices (EBPs) for a wide range of behavioral health concerns and populations (e.g.,… Read more »

The Angry Brain

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APA Student Poster Award Winner Rachel Zachar shares her research at Nova Southeastern University, where she is a doctoral student. The Angry Brain As expected, behavioral outbursts are one major outcome expected to be seen from individuals who experience high levels of self-reported anger. Moreover, effects on cognition with regards to the presence of anger have not… Read more »

The Next Generation of Parenting Interventions: The role of Mindfulness and Compassion

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The type of parenting a child receives can have profound impacts on the life trajectory of that child. For example, in contrast to punitive parenting we know positive parenting practices affords children many life advantages, including, building secure attachments, accelerated language development, greater readiness for school, reduced risk of antisocial behavior and substance abuse problems,… Read more »

SCP at the APA Convention in Denver

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The Society of Clinical Psychology had an impressive presence and very successful program this year at APA Convention in Denver.  In addition to having a very well attended and positively received set of sessions this year that included “Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention” by Dr. Gregory Brown and “Contemporary Problem-Solving Therapy: A Transdiagnostic Approach to Enhance Resilience”… Read more »

Improving the clinical utility of mental disorder classifications

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Classifications of mental disorders are a necessary evil. Without a comprehensive, consensual list of the kinds of problems human beings experience, the field of mental health would be continually swamped by the task of describing the nature of each person’s problem. Communication between professionals would break down. Selecting treatments and identifying conditions for research would… Read more »

Do psychotherapists improve with time and experience?

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Naturally, we all want to get better at the things that we do.  Psychotherapists too may like to think that as they gain experience, they are continuing to develop their skills and improve the services they provide.  Knowing that therapists contribute significantly to clients’ outcomes (explaining approximately 5% of variance in outcomes; Baldwin & Imel,… Read more »