January 1st, 2017

Jane Tillman, Ph.D., ABPP, explores impact of client suicides

By Catherine Robertson Souter

When someone dies by a person’s own hand, the loss deeply affects each of those closest to him or her. What may often be missed, however, is how that loss also affects the therapist trained to keep this suicide from happening. In the popular mind, it may seem inappropriate to be concerned with the professional on the sidelines after a successful suicide attempt, but for the human being behind that degree, a death can have many repercussions both professionally and personally. After a colleague experienced the shock and trauma of a patient dying by suicide, Jane Tillman, Ph.D., ABPP, the [More]

January 1st, 2017

“Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Insomnia”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Insomnia” By Jason C. Ong American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2017   Prevalence of insomnia makes book a valuable resource   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Interest in mindfulness and mindfulness-based practices have increased in recent years. Some of the earliest mindfulness applications, with good evidence support, are mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Mindfulness is also an active component of third generation cognitive-behavioral treatment such as dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. This book describes the principles and procedures of a new treatment program called mindfulness-based therapy for insomnia. Psychologist [More]

January 1st, 2017

“The Brain’s Way of Healing”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“The Brain’s Way of Healing” By Norman Doidge, M.D. Viking, Penguin Group New York, N.Y., 2015   Cutting edge information included in book about brain   Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. Scientists have recently documented that the brain is plastic. Neuroplasticity is a property of the brain that enables it to change its own structure in response to activity and mental experience, according to the book’s author, Norman Doidge. Brain cells are constantly communicating with each other electrically to form and reform connections. This process is a unique pathway for healing brain injuries and conditions thought to be permanent and [More]

January 1st, 2017

Ask me about my granddoggie

By Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

Some of the nicest people I know have dogs. Either their number is increasing or they are poised in an ever-tightening circle around me until I shall soon hear nothing but their heartwarming stories of canine companionship. The stories are seductive and so are the photos, proudly displayed on smart phones or sent in text messages and emails. It’s enough to make me go out and get a dog. On the other hand, dog ownership is a big responsibility and not something to take lightly, especially not if you are just starting to enjoy the freedom that comes with retirement. [More]

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]

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