December 1st, 2016

Clinicians help adults with ADHD

By Phyllis Hanlon

Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactive disorder is most often associated with young children and adolescents. But symptoms that manifest in childhood sometimes persist into adulthood and, in other cases, signs first initiate well past the early years. The Anxiety and Depression Society of America reports that approximately 60 percent of children with ADHD in the United States carry the diagnosis into adulthood; that amounts to four percent or eight million adults. Fewer than 20 percent of adults with ADHD have been diagnosed or treated, according to the Society. David D. Nowell, Ph.D., private practitioner with offices in Worcester, [More]

December 1st, 2016

MPA sets legislative agenda

By Janine Weisman

Anti-clawback legislation, telehealth parity and protecting continuity of care will be the top three priorities for the Massachusetts Psychological Association when the next session of the State Legislature begins Jan. 4, 2017. Legislative sessions run for two years in Massachusetts. At the beginning of each new session, legislators file bills to be considered during that session. Each session sees an estimated 6,000 bills filed in the House of Representatives and 2,000 in the Senate. All bills must be filed by mid-January. “We’re kind of starting with a clean slate in each January of an odd numbered year,” MPA Executive Director [More]

December 1st, 2016

Initiative brings services to young children with trauma

By Pamela Berard

A new grant will help bridge a gap for services to very young children in Connecticut suffering from exposure to trauma. The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) was awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand services to young children in Connecticut suffering from exposure to trauma, including violence, abuse, chronic neglect, loss of a family member, serious accidents and illness. The grant will fund the Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative initiative. Led by CHDI, the collaborative will partner with the Office of Early Childhood, the Department of Children and Families, [More]

December 1st, 2016

Program helps military families cope with alcohol abuse

By Rivkela Brodsky

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass., are in year three of a four-year grant to study and provide military couples with alcohol and relationship counseling. “We took an alcohol couple behavioral therapy treatment model that we developed at Rutgers [University] over 25 years with civilian samples and got funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to adapt it for military families,” said Elizabeth Epstein, Ph.D., psychologist, and professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a principal investigator of the study along with David Smelson, Psy.D., psychologist and [More]

December 1st, 2016

Diabetes: Research shows increased risk for mental health issues

By Phyllis Hanlon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2014, diabetes affected approximately 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the United States population. Additionally, another 86 million Americans suffer with pre-diabetes, a condition that increases the risk of developing diabetes. While the condition imposes some medical challenges, it has also been found to cause psychological difficulties, according to some researchers. Julie Wagner, Ph.D., professor of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health at UConn Health, was part of a team that examined the “psychological conditions, defined as syndromes, disorders and diabetes-specific psychological issues” that impact a significant portion of individuals [More]

December 1st, 2016

Psychologist helps families cope with childhood illnesses

By Catherine Robertson Souter

When a child has medical issues complicated by psychological ones, a family may find themselves with limited skills to cope with an escalating situation. A serious affliction like chronic pain, diabetes, asthma, or seizures can be terrifying to both the child and to the adults trying to support him and, for many families, the illness, when accompanied by setbacks in treatment because of emotional problems, can become overwhelming. Jack Nassau, Ph.D., chief psychologist at the Hasbro Children’s Partial Hospital Program at Rhode Island Hospital, has spent his career in researching and working in pediatric psychology. As part of a multidisciplinary [More]

December 1st, 2016

“College Teaching: Practical Insights from the Science of Teaching and Learning”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“College Teaching: Practical Insights from the Science of Teaching and Learning” By Donelson R. Forsyth American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   ‘Compelling’ book offers no-nonsense directives, recommendations Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The author biography accompanying this book explains that Donelson R. Forsyth, a social and personality psychologist, “has taught thousands of graduate and undergraduate students during his 38 years as a professor in such courses as introductory psychology, social psychology, group dynamics, research methods, internships, theories and models of leadership, and ethics.” His expansive expertise is on full display in this compelling book about college [More]

December 1st, 2016

“Teaching Life Skills to Children and Teens With ADHD: A Guide For Parents and Counselors”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“Teaching Life Skills to Children and Teens With ADHD: A Guide For Parents and Counselors” By Vincent J. Monastra, Ph.D. American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Workbook about ADHD stresses importance of life skill development Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Vincent J. Monastra, a clinical psychologist and director of an Attention Disorders Clinic in Endicott, N.Y., is a well-known clinician, author and researcher in the field of ADHD. He has written many helpful books of the subject and his latest publication is no exception. With the increase of children and adolescents being diagnosed with ADHD, this publication is very [More]

December 1st, 2016

A walk through time and history

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to slow down, especially when we travel. And so my wife and I started the morning with breakfast in a park near our London hotel, relaxing at an outdoor café overlooking an expansive lawn punctuated with beds of autumn flowers. For our main event of the day, we planned a visit to Westminster Abbey. The rest we left to chance and whim, never considering that we would spend most of the day in church or what we would take with us when we left. I had been coming to London since my days in [More]

November 1st, 2016

Treating responders: a shift in technique

By Phyllis Hanlon

The devastation that occurred on 9/11 shook the entire world. But since that time, numerous other traumatic events – the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the San Bernardino shooting, the Orlando nightclub attack, to name a few – have reinforced the importance of addressing psychological damage resulting from these incidents. In response to the growing need, clinicians have shifted their thinking when it comes to treating first responders. Joan M. Cook, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Yale, and current president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 56, Trauma Psychology, noted that events such as the Vietnam War, “put [More]

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