Articles, Leading Stories

November 1st, 2016

Research focuses on physical impacts, genetic roots of PTSD

By Susan Gonsalves

There’s a perception that posttraumatic stress disorder is something suffered by men who go to war. While that is sometimes the case, the disorder is more often experienced by civilians, often women, who have been on the receiving end of sexual and physical violence. Karestan Chase Koenen, Ph.D. has studied that population for years. A professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, her research focuses on identifying the link between trauma and physical conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), obesity and rheumatoid arthritis. Back in 2008, Koenen and colleagues began working [More]

November 1st, 2016

New MPA president outlines goals, priorities

By Catherine Robertson Souter

With experience in a number of different areas, Dawn Cisewksi, Psy.D, must have seemed like a perfect fit as the newest president for the Massachusetts Psychological Association. She has worked in academia, at a school of medicine and at a VA hospital. She has done time working in the state prison system and in private practice and currently consults for nursing homes. As an assistant teaching professor at Northeastern University, Cisewski, who took over leadership of the MPA in July after serving a year as president-elect, will continue in the position for two years. She will then act as past-president [More]

October 1st, 2016

Schools focus on underlying trauma

By Phyllis Hanlon

Residential schools serve as a viable alternative for children with behavioral and emotional issues not adequately addressed in a traditional academic setting. Students present with a variety of issues that range from depression and anxiety to attention deficit disorder and substance abuse and many others in between. In recent years, research and clinical care has shifted away from treating just the diagnosis and now address the underlying trauma that might be at the heart of the child’s problems. Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., vice president, Behavioral Health and Trauma Services at the Justice Resource Institute, professor of practice in the department of [More]

October 1st, 2016

Graduate programs fail to address torture issue

By Janine Weisman

Has the backlash against the participation of military psychologists in harsh interrogations of detainees at Guantánamo Bay Detention Center during the Bush era prompted U.S. doctoral programs in clinical psychology to do more ethics training to prepare graduate students for their careers? Not according to a new study by researchers at Lesley University, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and other institutions. They sharply criticize the American Psychological Association for encouraging military psychologists to assist with interrogations and subsequently failing to require or even encourage training programs to prepare psychologists to navigate situations where there are conflicting duties to follow orders [More]

October 1st, 2016

Programs demonstrate alternative approaches to care

By Catherine Robertson Souter

We live in a rapidly evolving world where state-of-the-art quickly becomes yesterday’s news. Beyond tech developments, progress has become the hallmark of everything from efficient appliances to educational tools. The same can be said for mental health care. As health care has turned to more holistic approaches, from “prescribing” stress reduction and exercise to combining physical and mental health services under one roof, alternative methods of psychological care are also taking center stage. In some cases, a backlash against what some consider the over-prescribing of medication has fueled a turn towards clinical treatment that incorporates more community/family approaches to care. [More]

October 1st, 2016

Study: Women military members at risk for mental health woes

By Janine Weisman

Combat exposure increased the odds of Army enlisted women returning from Afghanistan or Iraq of developing post-deployment behavioral health problems, according to a new study led by a Brandeis University researcher. Active duty and National Guard/Reserve enlisted women had a similar prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and at-risk drinking, reports the study published in the August issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs projects women will account for 18 percent of the veteran population by 2035, the fastest growing group. But research on military populations has generally focused on the entire population, which [More]

October 1st, 2016

Minibikes used as learning tool for kids, teens

By Pamela Berard

A Boston-based nonprofit aims to help boys and girls ages 10-17 develop self esteem and a sense of belonging by using a minibike as a motivational tool and a metaphor for personal development. The National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM) began in 1969 and is supported by Honda Motor Co. Inc. and run by Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. Approximately 35 programs nationwide – including municipalities, residential and school-, faith- and community-based – participate in the recreational program, which has an integral mentoring component that guides and supports youth to make good decisions at school, home and in their [More]

October 1st, 2016

Munchausen by Internet cases increase

By Rivkela Brodsky

Munchausen by Internet – a syndrome where a person pretends to have a medical condition using the Internet as a tool in this deception – is on the rise, said Marc D. Feldman, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Alabama who coined the term in 2000, although it is not recognized as a disorder in the DSM-5. He says since he published an article first describing this condition, he has been contacted about 120 cases, which he said “has got to be the tip of the iceberg because people are having to make some effort to reach [More]

October 1st, 2016

CDC studies health risks of LGB students

By Pamela Berard

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual students experience a higher level of physical and sexual violence and bullying than other students, according to a recently released national report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, “Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12 – United States and Selected Sites, 2015” is the CDC’s first nationally representative study on the health risks of U.S. LGB high school students. The report was made possible by the CDC for the first time adding questions to ascertain both sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts, to the [More]

October 1st, 2016

Eating disorders: better addressed at specialized centers

By Phyllis Hanlon

Residential schools are designed to provide therapy and education for students with a range of behavioral and emotional issues as well as learning, psychological and psychiatric disorders. In the past, many of these schools also addressed eating disorders, but treatment for this condition appears to be moving away from the residential school setting. David J. Alperovitz, Psy.D., staff psychologist at the Klarman Eating Disorder Center at McLean Hospital, noted that several new centers focused on eating disorders have opened in recent years. “Ten to 15 years ago, there were not as many,” he said, adding that because adolescents today deal [More]

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