Articles, Book Reviews

January 1st, 2017

“Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Insomnia”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

BOOK INFO BOX: “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 [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]

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]

November 1st, 2016

“Forensic Evaluation and Treatment of Juveniles: Innovation and Best Practice”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Forensic Evaluation and Treatment of Juveniles: Innovation and Best Practice” By Randall T. Salekin American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Author skillfully addresses complex topic Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Juvenile offending is an area of heightened concern within forensic psychology. This book summarizes research and policy development with court-referred adolescents, including analysis of risk assessment, case formulation, treatment, prevention and disposition-transfer evaluations. The author, Randall T. Salekin, is a highly esteemed academic researcher and practicing clinician with an extensive record of scholarly publications. His emphasis throughout the book is on common mental health problems among [More]

November 1st, 2016

“When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress, and Break the Cycle of Pain”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress, and Break the Cycle of Pain” By Rachael Coakley, Ph.D. Yale University Press New Haven, CT, 2016   Book offers valuable information on pain management Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This new publication by Rachael Coakley is a gem of a book filled with easy to understand concepts, coping strategies for parents and children and creative yet useful techniques for managing pain, coping with pain-related challenges and building resilience in children with pain. This impressive, user friendly volume was a delight to read and offered critical information for both [More]

October 1st, 2016

“Executive Function in Preschool-Age Children: Integrating Measurement, Neurodevelopment, and Translational Research”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

  “Executive Function in Preschool-Age Children: Integrating Measurement, Neurodevelopment, and Translational Research. Edited by James A. Griffin, Peggy McCardle, and Lisa S. Freund American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016   Book offers perspectives on executive functioning Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. The concept of Executive Functioning (EF) or Executive Functions (EFs) plural first began appearing in the professional literature about 15-20 years ago. Now knowledge of EF is commonplace and has changed how neuropsychologists, clinical and school psychologists and educators understand how children develop and organize their thinking and behavior. As a clinician who works with many adolescents diagnosed with [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]

August 19th, 2016

“The Expert Expert Witness: More Maxims and Guidelines for Testifying in Court”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Expert Expert Witness: More Maxims and Guidelines for Testifying in Court” By Stanley L. Brodsky and Thomas G. Gutheil American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2016    Guide about expert testimony is a ‘page turner’   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Stanley L. Brodsky and Thomas G. Gutheil are internationally renowned professionals in the area of forensic psychology and psychiatry, respectively. Both have written extensively about testifying in court, with many journal articles, chapters and separate books to their credit. Here, they have collaborated on a hugely successful practice guide for multidisciplinary mental health practitioners. Why a [More]

August 19th, 2016

“A Practical Guide to PTSD Treatment: Pharmacological and Psychotherapeutic Approaches.”

By Kerry Morrison, Psy.D

“A Practical Guide to PTSD Treatment: Pharmacological and Psychotherapeutic Approaches.” Edited By Nancy C. Bernardy & Matthew J. Friedman American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2015   Book provides ‘limited’ look at treatment approaches Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D Posttraumatic Stress Disorder affects seven million Americans. It is largely conceived as a disorder of reactivity that results in an inability to cope with overwhelming stress. PTSD has a distinctive pattern of symptoms. There are four specific phenotypes of the disorder; anxiety, depression, externalizing and dissociative. This edited volume seeks to translate scientific research on PTSD into testable clinical approaches that are [More]

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