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Reduced Antipsychotics Recommended for Dementia

The American Psychiatric Association released revised guidelines in May for the limited “judicious use” of antipsychotic drugs to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. A statement announcing the new recommendations pointed out that they are evidence-based and should be just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. “…Clinical trials show little benefit from […]

July 27, 2016

Federal Court Upholds New York SAFE Act

New York’s three-year-old gun-control SAFE Act, which requires psychologists and other mental health workers to report clients they feel are a danger to themselves or others, has been ruled constitutional by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The court found the SAFE Act as well as a similar law enacted in Connecticut […]

January 18, 2016

The making of a black psychologist: A personal perspective

As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]

September 15, 2013

Colleague assistance programs growing

Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).

September 15, 2013

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Book Review: MMPI-2 Book is Excellent Reference Text

Using the MMPI-2 in Forensic AssessmentUsing the MMPI-2 in Forensic Assessment by James N. Butcher, Ph.D., Giselle A. Hass, Psy.D., Roger L. Greene, Ph.D., and Linda D. Nelson, Ph.D., ABPN. (2015) APA Books. Washington, D.C. Hardcover: $79.95; member price: $54.95.

During the past several decades the practice of forensic psychology has greatly expanded and has undergone continuous development in the types of services forensic practitioners provide. Today, forensic psychologists use specialized knowledge …

May 26, 2017 | Read the story »

Psychologists Best to Assess Concussions, Gender Effects

Psychologists best to assess concussions, gender effectsSports-related concussions get tremendous attention from the media and the research community, provoking more debate than all other sports injuries combined.

Historically, research efforts focused primarily on injury prevention, incidence, diagnosis and management in male athletes, but research has begun to shed light on the consequences of concussion and recovery course in female athletes. Studies show that females suffer concussions at a higher rate than male …

May 26, 2017 | Read the story »

Brain Hacking: Tech Companies Hijack Your Attention

Brain Hacking: Tech Companies Hijack Your AttentionRecently I was filmed for a 60 Minutes segment called “Brain Hacking” where Anderson Cooper interviewed four experts who deal with how technology captures your attention. The piece was interesting and is, of course, available online for your viewing pleasure.

SPOILER ALERT: The piece will leave you feeling a bit leery of how tech companies are using technology and, hopefully, a little concerned with your or …

May 26, 2017 | Read the story »

Risk Management: Investigation Notice for Psychologists Not Cause for Panic

Investigation notice not cause for panicEvery state regulates the practice of psychology. The simplest regulation is that state licensing is required to call oneself a psychologist. A person may have a Ph.D. or a Psy.D., but unless the person has a license or works for an educational institution, he or she is not a psychologist.

With a state license comes board oversight to police unprofessional practices. The purpose of a licensing board …

May 25, 2017 | Read the story »

Proponent of Internet Tests Contends They Eliminate Bias

Proponent of Internet tests contends they eliminate biasThere is a nationwide inadequacy of current pre-employment and promotion tests for public safety officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

In Chicago clinical psychologists use paper and pencil tests like PAI, Millon, Bender and ability tests without any empirical basis that these are related to the job of a public safety officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician.

The Chicago, city treasurer shared the last contract with …

May 24, 2017 | Read the story »

Hoffman Report Triggers Defamation Suit Against APA

Hoffman Report triggers defamation suit against APAA report contracted by and issued to the American Psychological Association (APA) that alleged staff and the military supported the torture of prisoners at terrorist detention centers after 9/11 is the focus of a defamation lawsuit. The suit was filed in Ohio in February and centers around the Hoffman Report that drew national attention in 2015.

The lawsuit was filed by three former military psychologists — …

May 24, 2017 | Read the story »