December 1st, 2014

“Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Its Spectrum: A Life-Span Approach”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Its Spectrum: A Life-Span Approach” By Eric A. Storch and Dean McKay American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2014   Wide audience could benefit from insightful book about OCD   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by recurrent and persistent thoughts (obsessions) that co-occur with repetitive behaviors and mental acts (compulsions). Diagnostically, OCD falls within the category of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, a recently established nomenclature that has stirred controversy among clinicians and researchers. The other disorders comprising OCSDs are body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding disorder, trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), excoriation (skin-picking) disorder, and substance/medication [More]

May 1st, 2014

“Pediatric Anxiety Disorders: A Clinical Guide”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Pediatric Anxiety Disorders: A Clinical Guide” Edited by Roma A. Vasa and Amy Krain Roy Springer Science+Business Media New York, N.Y. 2013  Book achieves stated objectives Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Having the words “a clinical guide” in a book’s title elicits certain expectations from the reader. The editors of this book aim “to bridge the most up-to-date research findings with relevant clinical perspectives making it a unique and essential resource to established clinicians and researchers, as well as students and trainees.” Thus, the book seeks a wide audience among whom “clinical” is likely to have different [More]

June 1st, 2016

“Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions” By Lisa J. Meltzer and Valerie McLaughlin Crabtree American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015    Compelling book offers intervention guidelines Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Child and family mental health professionals are frequently consulted to treat pediatric sleep problems. Children who sleep poorly often experience difficulties at school, have health concerns and create family stress. In some cases, a child’s sleep problem may result from psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and medical conditions. he good news is that behavioral interventions, specifically applied behavior analysis and cognitive behavioral therapy, are extremely effective [More]

May 1st, 2015

“Perfectionism: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Perfectionism: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals” By Michael Brustein Springer Publishing Company, LLC New York, N.Y., 2014    Book on perfectionism difficult to understand   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D What do you envision when someone is described as being a perfectionist? On one hand, it might be the person who is highly successful, often innovative and considered a “winner.” At the same time, and as described in this book, “perfectionism can be maladaptive and predispose individuals to depression, suicidality, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders and numerous psychiatric disorders.” It is these negative effects that led [More]

May 1st, 2017

“Practical Psychology in Medical Rehabilitation”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Practical Psychology in Medical Rehabilitation” Edited by Maggi A. Budd, Sigmund Hough, Stephen T. Wegener, and William Stiers Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 2017   Breadth of topics makes compilation impressive By James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Rehabilitation psychology has a long tradition in medical settings serving people with complex physical and cognitive impairments. This edited book was conceived as a “go to” information source for rehabilitation professionals representing behavioral medicine, health psychology and related disciplines. The book is a robust compilation of 60 chapters distributed among six organizing sections: (1) basics and social practicalities, (2) populations, problems and procedures, [More]

January 1st, 2014

“Problem-Solving Therapy: A Treatment Manual”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Problem-Solving Therapy: A Treatment Manual” By Arthur M. Nezu, Christine Maguth Nezu, and Thomas J. D’Zurilla Springer Publishing Company New York, N.Y., 2013 Resource provides ‘terrific’ aid for practitioners Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Problem-solving therapy (PST) is considered a psychosocial treatment within a cognitive-behavioral orientation. At its most basic level, PST teaches people to identify and define life problems, generate plausible solutions, implement solution-focused action plans, and evaluate intervention effectiveness. This book, written by three eminent clinicians and researchers, is a PST treatment manual for mental health professionals in psychology, psychiatry, counseling, social work and medicine. [More]

April 1st, 2013

“Reinforcement-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorders”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Reinforcement-Based Treatment for Substance Use Disorders” L. Michelle Tuten, Hendree E. Jones, Cindy M. Schaeffer, and Maxine L. Stitzer American Psychological Association Washington, D.C. 2012  Insights provided in treating challenging population Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA Substance use disorders are a serious public health problem. Professionals recognize that effective treatment must be comprehensive, time-efficient, individualized and culturally sensitive. Medication detoxification, pharmacotherapy and self-help programs are common treatment modalities but they rarely function successfully as stand-alone interventions and frequently produce mixed results. This book describes Reinforcement-Based Treatment (RBT), an empirically supported, positively focused, and multi-procedural model for treating [More]

April 1st, 2016

“Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad – and Surprising Good – About Feeling Special”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

  “Rethinking Narcissism: The Bad – and Surprising Good – About Feeling Special” By Craig Malkin Harper Collins Publishers New York, N.Y., 2015   Book explores many dimensions of narcissism Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5th Edition” defines narcissistic personality disorder as a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and sense of entitlement. People with this disorder are interpersonally exploitive and consider themselves unique relative to the general population. They also lack empathy for the feelings of others, behaving condescendingly and with a patronizing attitude. In “Rethinking Narcissism,” psychologist [More]

May 1st, 2016

“Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth: A Culture of Promise”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth: A Culture of Promise” Richard J. Wiseman Wesleyan University Press Middletown, Conn., 2015     Book highlights Riverview Hospital history   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D In 1962, with a fresh Ph.D. in hand, psychologist Richard J. Wiseman began employment at the Connecticut Valley Hospital. Years later, he was hired as coordinator of its Children’s Unit and ten years hence, the unit became Riverview Hospital. This book is Wiseman’s account of his travails through a state-run mental health system and the evolution of child-care services under his direction. When Wiseman started [More]

October 1st, 2016

“School-Centered Interventions: Evidence-Based Strategies for Social, Emotional, and Academic Success”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“School-Centered Interventions: Evidence-Based Strategies for Social, Emotional, and Academic Success” By Dennis J. Simon American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Decision making advice helpful to professionals   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The premise for this book is that “school-centered therapy is the most effective format for addressing social, emotional and behavioral issues for children and youth.” Unfortunately, many schools struggle with integrating academic demands and supportive mental health services. In addition, the most effective therapeutic practices are not always implemented with elementary, middle and high school students. Dennis J. Simon is a clinical and school [More]