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Challenging Sizism: Health and Weight Don’t Always Equate

May 27, 2015 • Health and Wellness

By Brandy Smith, PhD (Diversity Coordinator and Interim Training Coordinator at Auburn University Student Counseling Services)  Have you or someone you know gone to the doctor and heard comments about your health without the provider ever talking about your genetics or your specific eating and physical activity habits? Unfortunately, many people, answer “yes” to that… Read More ›

Children and Youth »

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) is May 17th!

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This is a cross-post from our fellow APA blog – GradPsychBlog, the official blog of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). By Mary T. Guerrant, MS (Doctoral Student at North Carolina State University) On May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, and since 2005 the International Day… Read More ›

Health Disparities »

5 Ways Black Churches are Engaging in HIV Prevention

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By Terrinieka Williams Powell, PhD (Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) The CDC notes that African Americans have the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Despite accounting for less than 15% of the U.S. population, African Americans account for nearly half of all new… Read More ›

Aging »

Get Into the Act: The Benefits of Volunteering As We Age

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By Patricia A. Parmelee, PhD, and Rebecca S. Allen, PhD (Alabama Research Institute on Aging, The University of Alabama) The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi May is Older Americans Month, and the theme this year is “Get into the Act!” The celebration emphasizes… Read More ›

Criminal and Juvenile Justice »

Justice for All… Experiences of Undocumented Youth with Law Enforcement

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This is part of our ongoing series of blog posts about race, racism and law enforcement in communities of color. By J. Manuel Casas, PhD (Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara) If I were to ask you in this post-Ferguson era which groups are affected by racial injustice in law enforcement, would undocumented immigrants be… Read More ›

Culture, Ethnicity and Race »

ACT in Japan: Bridging Cultures to Help Families Raise Children without Violence

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is the third in a series of posts about APA’s ACT Raising Safe Kids (ACT-RSK) program. ACT-RSK teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8. Read our first and second posts in the series here and here. By Reiko True, PhD & Nahoko Nishizawa, PsyD (ACT Raising… Read More ›

Poverty and Socioeconomic Status »

The Need for Meaningful Policy Change: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

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Last year, APA celebrated its Congressional Fellowship Program’s 40 years of success on Capitol Hill. The article below by a former APA Congressional Fellow highlights the contribution of psychologists to public policy and of the Fellowship experience to Fellows’ professional development. Heather E. Bullock, PhD (Professor of Psychology, University of California – Santa Cruz) As we approach… Read More ›

Violence »

Early Childhood Parent Training: A Vital Tool for Psychologists

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This post is the first in a series about APA’s ACT Raising Safe Kids (ACT-RSK) program. ACT-RSK teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8. The second and third posts in this series are available here and here. By Michele Knox, PhD What do you… Read More ›

Human Rights and Social Justice »

APA and Sexual Minorities: Removing the Stigma, 40 Years On

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By Gregory M. Herek, PhD (Professor of Psychology, UC Davis) Not so long ago, homosexuality was triply stigmatized. In addition to being condemned as a sin and prosecuted as a crime, it was assumed to be an illness by the mental health professions throughout much of the 20th century. Although that assumption was never based… Read More ›

Disability Issues »

Challenging Words and Labels: How Should We Refer to Disability?

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By Dana S. Dunn, PhD (Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean for Special Projects, Moravian College) How should we talk about disability, especially perhaps, people with disabilities? Is saying “the disabled” or “disabled people” ok? Are there right and wrong ways to talk or write about disability? The American Psychological Association (APA) advocates that when referring… Read More ›

Women and Girls »

Halloween Costumes: All in Good Fun?

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By Efua Andoh and Leslie Cameron (APA Public Interest Directorate Communications Staff) Halloween is meant to be a fun-filled, family friendly event for people of all ages and backgrounds. We all get to dress up in a funny or scary costume, go out trick-or-treating, have a few good laughs, and overindulge on candy. Sadly, every… Read More ›

Public Policy »

Practice to Policy: How Louisiana Revamped Its Approach to Preschool

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By Sherryl Heller, PhD (Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine) and Allison Boothe, PhD (Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine)  Preschool expulsion is both detrimental and prevalent. The good news is that we can prevent preschool expulsion through a process called early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC). Now the question becomes “How do… Read More ›

LGBT Issues »

How One Little Brother Became a HERO to His Transgender Sister

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By Bob McLaughlin, PhD, Becca Keo-Meier, Colt Keo-Meier, PhD, and Robbie Sharp, PhD  (APA Members and Founders of Gender Infinity) Joaquin may only be 8 but he had a death grip on the microphone, a message, and a mission. He told Houston’s Mayor and the packed city council chambers that he cared about his sister so… Read More ›


Stop the Virus by Going Viral

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April 10 is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an event that raises awareness about the importance of engaging youth in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. About 1 in 4 new HIV infections occurs in youth ages 13-24 and 60 percent of youth with HIV do not know they are infected. While young people may… Read More ›


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