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Cruel and (Un)usual Punishment: The Treatment of Transgender Prisoners

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By Sabrina Cox, MA, LMSW Zahara Green is a 25-year-old transgender woman who was placed in an all-male prison in May 2012. According to Green, she was targeted by another inmate, Darryl Ricard, immediately upon entering general population at Rogers State Prison in Georgia. Ricard was serving a life sentence for aggravated child molestation, rape,… Read More ›

Criminal and Juvenile Justice »

Cruel and (Un)usual Punishment: The Treatment of Transgender Prisoners

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By Sabrina Cox, MA, LMSW Zahara Green is a 25-year-old transgender woman who was placed in an all-male prison in May 2012. According to Green, she was targeted by another inmate, Darryl Ricard, immediately upon entering general population at Rogers State Prison in Georgia. Ricard was serving a life sentence for aggravated child molestation, rape,… Read More ›

Poverty and Socioeconomic Status »

Ebola, Thomas Duncan’s Death, and the Biopolitics of Disposability

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By Akhenaten B.S. Tankwanchi, PhD Although the word Ebola percolated into the American public consciousness over two decades ago owing to an Ebola outbreak in a Washington, DC suburb, it was not until Liberian citizen Thomas Eric Duncan, died from the disease, on October 8, 2014 in Dallas, Texas, that concerns about the spread of… Read More ›

Violence »

How Can We Prevent Bullying? Involve Parents and Start Early

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By Michele Knox, PhD and Kimberly Burkhart, PhD Did you know that nationwide, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school? Does it make you wonder what we’re doing wrong? What are we missing? Maybe we’re missing parents. Research has shown that youth violence prevention and intervention are most effective… Read More ›

Human Rights and Social Justice »

Speak Up and Speak Out: Why Psychologists Should Take Up John Lewis’ Call for Immigration Reform

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By Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP (2011 Past-President of the American Psychological Association) “You must speak up, you must speak out, you must get in the way.” These were the impassioned words spoken by Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) after receiving a Presidential Citation from APA President Nadine Kaslow, PhD, urging psychologists to become involved in… Read More ›

Aging »

Memory and Aging: Fears, Fallacies and Facts

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By Deborah DiGilio, MPH (Director, APA Office on Aging) Everyone has had the experience of losing their keys, misplacing their wallets, or forgetting someone’s name.  For people nearing or over age 65, such common memory lapses can be frightening. They wonder if they have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or another type of dementia. Developing Alzheimer’s disease… Read More ›

Culture, Ethnicity and Race »

Toxic Exposure: The Impact of Racial Inequality on the Brain

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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 April D. Thames, PhD (Assistant Professor, University of California Los Angeles) National media coverage of various troubling incidents have sparked outrage and forced the conversation of race relations and biases within the justice system against individuals of… Read More ›

Health Disparities »

How Can Psychologists Help Men and Boys?

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Originally posted on 2014 APA Annual Convention:
Five people were wounded overnight in shootings on Chicago’s West and South sides, according to a report in this morning’s Chicago Tribune. It’s a headline that appears almost daily in my city, and the victims, all men age 16 to 32, are among the most disadvantaged in the city –…

GradPsych Blog »

#StopSkippingClass! The Need for Social Class Stories in Psychology Education

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Our fellow APA blog for graduate psychology students, GradPsych Blog, has a great post up about the need for socioeconomic status to be incorporated into psychology training. We have cross-posted it below: By Kipp Pietrantonio, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status) This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty” yet inequality is… 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 »

How the Mental Drain of Poverty Undermines Economic Opportunity

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  This post continues our new blog series on poverty. As our nation reflects on its progress in fighting poverty over the last 50 years, this blog series will highlight how psychology can contribute further to this discussion. By Lisa A. Gennetian, PhD (Senior Researcher at National Bureau of Economic Research & Associate Research Scientist at NYU’s… Read More ›

Children and Youth »

It Takes a Village to Support the American Dream

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This post launches our new blog series on poverty. As our nation reflects on its progress in fighting poverty over the last 50 years, this blog series will highlight how psychology can contribute further to this discussion. By Erin Currier (Director, Financial Security and Mobility) and Sarah Sattelmeyer (Senior Associate, Financial Security and Mobility), The Pew Charitable… Read More ›

LGBT Issues »

When Policy Gets Under the Skin (In a Good Way): The Case of LGBT Health

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By Caroline Fitz, MPhil (Graduate Student Intern, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office) In what percentage of states do you think it’s legal to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the workforce: 20%, 40%, 60%? If you guessed 60%, you’re right. In 29 and 33 states, respectively, employers can fire you for… Read More ›

AIDS »

The Malaysian Airlines MH17 Tragedy and the Fight Against AIDS

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By David Martin, PhD, ABPP (Senior Director, APA Office on AIDS)  APA joins the World AIDS Community in mourning the tragic loss of six leaders in the fight against AIDS in the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Joep Lange: HIV Netherlands Australia Research Collaboration (HIV-NAT); Professor of Infectious Disease, University of Amsterdam. One of the… Read More ›

Disability Issues »

People with Disabilities Aren’t Heroes – They’re People

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By Dana S. Dunn, PhD (Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean for Special Projects, Moravian College) One of my former students has muscular dystrophy. He uses a power wheelchair to get around. He tells me that it is not unusual for him to attract the interest of strangers when he is out and about with friends—in… Read More ›

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