Articles, Book Reviews

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]

November 1st, 2014

“Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy” By Blaise Aguirre and Gillian Galen New Harbinger Publications Oakland, Calif., 2013   Volume helps readers understand mindfulness   Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. is famous for its celebrity guest list: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, James Taylor, Ray Charles and David Foster Wallace passed through its hallowed wards. But McLean also should be recognized for its pioneering approaches to treat borderline personality disorder stretching back to the mid-20th century. Initially employing psychoanalytic approaches, McLean staff introduced cognitive-behavioral models during [More]

November 1st, 2014

“Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: A Global Perspective”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: A Global Perspective” Edited by J. Gualberto Cremades and Lauren S. Tashman Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis New York, N.Y. 2014   Global perspective is book’s strength   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The editors of this book invited colleagues from around the world to write about different aspects of sport, exercise and performance psychology (SEPP). This international focus is impressive, with contributions from professionals around the globe. At 44 chapters, the book offers an expansive view of SEPP topics that will likely attract a wide albeit select audience. [More]

October 1st, 2014

“The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears” By Lawrence J. Cohen Random House Publishing Group New York, N.Y. 2013   Book helpful for parents of anxious children   Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Many children experience chronic anxiety, persistent worry and specific fears. Indeed, childhood anxiety is one of the most common clinical problems seen by mental health professionals. Unless properly treated, anxiety disorders can create serious psychosocial challenges among children and youth at school, within the family and later adulthood. This book, by psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen, was written for [More]

October 1st, 2014

“Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD (or Think You Might)”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD (or Think You Might)” By Craig Surman and Tim Bilkey with Karen Weintraub Berkley Publishing Group New York, N.Y., 2013 Guidebook draws on latest clinical research   Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. It’s an exercise in optimism (if not hubris) to write a self-help book on adult ADHD. For one thing, the market is flooded with titles already. For another, the target audience struggles staying on-task long enough to glance at the user’s manual for the new flat-panel TV, never mind slogging through a 300-page book. But for readers who are [More]

August 22nd, 2014

“Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology The Seven Foundations of Well-Being”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology The Seven Foundations of Well-Being” Edited by Todd B. Kashdan and Joseph Ciarrochi New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Oakland, CA 2013   Book offers analysis of mindfulness; raises questions Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Mindfulness, acceptance and positive psychology have achieved high visibility in recent years. In this book, psychologists Todd B. Kashdan and Joseph Ciarrochi have assembled 13 chapters that discuss similarities and differences between positive psychology and the therapeutic modality known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In their words, both positive psychology and ACT “seek to make positive change at [More]

July 1st, 2014

“Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Controversy in the Psychology Classroom: Using Hot Topics to Foster Critical Thinking” Edited by Dana S. Dunn, Regan A. R. Gurung, Karen Z. Naufel, and Janie H. Wilson American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013  Guide offers teachers advice about ‘hot’ topics Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D The discipline of psychology certainly generates its share of controversy. In this book, the editors contend that “Some psychology teachers shy away from covering controversial topics out of fear of classroom disruption, student discomfort and the worry of eliciting shocked responses or, worse still, profoundly awkward silences.” At the same time, [More]

June 1st, 2014

“Stress Proof the Heart: Behavioral Interventions for Cardiac Patients”

By Paul Efthim PhD

“Stress Proof the Heart: Behavioral Interventions for Cardiac Patients” Edited by Ellen A. Dornelas Springer Science + Business Media New York, N.Y., 2012  Book essential for clinicians working with cardiac patients Reviewed by Paul Efthim, Ph.D. About 15 years ago, I began working with heart patients at a local hospital. They were a fascinating but varied group: people who had recently experienced a heart attack, bypass surgery, catheterization, valve replacement or installation of a defibrillator or pacemaker. Without exception, all were struggling with depression, anxiety or both. Being new to this population, I consulted the literature and was dismayed at [More]

June 1st, 2014

“Healthy Eating in Schools: Evidence-Based Interventions to Help Kids Thrive”

By James K Luiselli EdD ABPP BCBA-D

“Healthy Eating in Schools: Evidence-Based Interventions to Help Kids Thrive” By Catherine P. Cook-Cottone, Evelyn Tribole, and Tracy L. Tylka American Psychological Association Washington, D.C., 2013 Book constructs model for health-based schools Reviewed by James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D Federal policies dictate that schools address proper nutrition and food choices of children and youth (5-17 years old), as well as provide them with physical education and wellness activities intended to combat childhood obesity and promote general health. The emphasis on healthy eating and wellbeing is not surprising: students consume many snacks, breakfasts and lunches during their typical 13 years [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]

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