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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 ›

Aging »

What You Should Know About Elder Abuse: Protecting Our Future Selves

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By Karen A. Roberto, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Aging) Mrs. A was in her early 70s and lived independently until she was severely injured in a car accident. Unable to live alone upon her release from the hospital she stayed with her daughter who settled her in an extra room in her cold basement…. Read More ›

Human Rights and Social Justice »

Beyond Stonewall: 6 Challenges Ahead in the Struggle for LGBT Rights

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By Efua Andoh (PI Communications Staff) and Ron Schlittler, MIPP (Program Coordinator, APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office) Forty five years ago on June 28, 1969, the gay community in Greenwich Village in New York City spontaneously protested against routine police harassment and intimidation in what became known as the Stonewall Uprising. Their… Read More ›

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 ›

Violence »

An Ode to ACT: A Mother’s Reflection on APA’s Parenting Program

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By Nichole Baker My full name is Nichole Marie Baker. I am 26 years old. I work full-time now, but plan to go back to school. I am from Morristown, New Jersey. I want to own a farm. I love kids, laughing, and meeting new people. I hate the news, social media, and violence. And…… Read More ›

Health Disparities »

When Our Sisters Are Hurting…

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This blog post is one of many being featured as part of APA’s Mental Health Month Blog Day. By Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center) Karyn Washington’s unfortunate and untimely passing offers an opportunity for us to reflect on African American women, depression and suicide. In early April 2014,… Read More ›

Culture, Ethnicity and Race »

“I Don’t Understand My Children”: Addressing Acculturation Stress in Latino Families

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By Carmen Valdez, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families) When many Latino immigrant parents say, “I don’t understand my children!” they are often using the statement literally and figuratively. Many Latino immigrant parents experience a break down in family communication because they only speak Spanish and their children only speak English.  The… Read More ›

Women and Girls »

Battling With Your Teen Over Sexy Clothes? Tips for Parents

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By Tomi-Ann Roberts, PhD (Professor of Psychology, Colorado College) Moms and Dads have to constantly confront issues that arise from their daughters’ bodies maturing in a society that seems to sexualize them more and more. One nearly daily battle is around clothes. Too sexy? Not appropriate? What can be done to help our girls dress… Read More ›

Public Policy »

Why We Still Need ENDA for Full Protection of LGBT Workers

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By Leo Rennie (Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office) On June 16, the White House announced that President Barack Obama intends to sign an executive order banning employment discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Center for American Progress offers a comprehensive… Read More ›

Children and Youth »

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A New Tool to Find Useful Early Childhood Resources

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By Roseanne Flores, PhD (Member, APA Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education) Stephanie is an early childhood educator who needs to implement the Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs) in her classroom. ELGs identify the developmental and learning outcomes and goals that children should achieve by the end of pre-school. Most states have adapted some form… Read More ›

Poverty and Socioeconomic Status »

Think Psychology is Missing from the Discussion of Poverty? Write for Our Blog

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Are you a psychologist, social scientist or mental health professional who works on issues related to poverty? Here’s an opportunity for you to be a contributor to our blog. The APA Office on Socioeconomic Status has issued an open call for poverty-related blog post submissions. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and… Read More ›

LGBT Issues »

Stop Saying “That’s So Gay!”: 6 Types of Microaggressions That Harm LGBTQ People

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By Kevin L. Nadal, PhD (Associate Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – City University of New York) When I was a little kid, I used to hear my brothers, cousins, and friends say things like “That’s so gay!” on a pretty regular basis. I would usually laugh along, hoping with all my might… 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 »

5 Social Justice-Themed Sessions We Loved at APA Convention

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By Efua Andoh (PI Communications Staff) The 2013 APA Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii wrapped up over the weekend. Our colleagues at the APA Convention blog were furiously documenting a wide swath of sessions and events on topics ranging from assisting the wrongfully incarcerated to why Americans are reluctant to discuss race. Here is a rundown of… Read More ›

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