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Challenges Facing Transgender Inmates, Suicide and Race, Parenting with Disabilities – In Case You Missed It – August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015 • In Case You Missed It

Welcome back to In Case You Missed It (our weekly roundup of articles touching on psychology, health, mental health and social justice issues from multiple news and commentary websites). This week, we address the challenges transgender inmates face, disturbing new data on suicide rates in Black youth, the rights of parents with disabilities and more. Life as a… Read More ›

Criminal and Juvenile Justice »

“Death by Legal Intervention” by the Numbers

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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 Suzanne Lea, PhD (Fellow, Interactivity Foundation, and Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County) News of a citizen being killed or assaulted by police, or a citizen who dies in police custody, seems to be nearly a… Read More ›

Children and Youth »

Parental Rights Include Disability Equality: A Call to Action for Psychology

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By Alette Coble-Temple, PsyD (Ms. Wheelchair California 2015 and Professor, John F. Kennedy University) Becoming a parent is considered a basic human right in our country. However, people with disabilities are often denied this right. It’s 2015, yet people with disabilities continue to encounter legal, medical, and social resistance to becoming parents (Preston, 2012; Coleman,… Read More ›

Health Disparities »

Joining with SAMHSA to Support Mental and Behavioral Health in All American Communities

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By Norman. B. Anderson, PhD (CEO, American Psychological Association) Mental and behavioral health matter for all Americans.  Do all Americans have equal access to mental health care? In 2001, then U. S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, released his report, Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity.  The report found profound differences in access to and… 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 ›

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 »

Press Release and Recommended Actions: Independent Review Cites Collusion Among APA Individuals and Defense Department Officials in Policy on Interrogation Techniques


Please find below APA’s July 10th press release regarding the findings of the Hoffman report. APA Apologizes for “Deeply Disturbing” Findings and Organizational Failures; Announces Initial Policy and Procedural Actions to Correct Shortcomings WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association (APA) today announced an initial series of policy and procedural steps in response to findings of individual… Read More ›

Disability Issues »

How 25 Years of the “Americans with Disabilities Act” Has Benefited All of Us

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By Dana S. Dunn, PhD (Professor of Psychology, Moravian College) Three cheers for the ADA at 25 years of age! The signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law in July 1990 dramatically changed the social and political landscape of the United States for the better. It greatly advanced civil rights for people… 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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