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Change Direction

APA Joins Coalition to Change Conversation About Mental Health Nationwide

March 5, 2015 • Health and Wellness

APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, joined first lady Michelle Obama and other leaders from the mental health community and other groups in Washington, D.C., March 4 to launch The Campaign to Change Direction, aimed at altering Americans’ attitudes toward mental health and wellness. APA is a founding member of the campaign, joining partners that… 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 ›

Poverty and Socioeconomic Status »

The Working Sick

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By Roberta Downing, PhD (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Directorate – Government Relations Office) Have you ever had to work even though you had a cold or the flu because you couldn’t afford to lose a day’s pay? Or have you ever missed work to care for a sick child and then… Read More ›

Aging »

9 Things You Should Know About HIV and Aging

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By Maggie Chartier, PsyD and Monica Rivera Mindt, PhD (Members, APA Committee on Psychology and AIDS)  By 2015, an estimated one out of every two people living with HIV in the United States will be over 50. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2012) estimated that the number of people living with HIV… 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 »

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 ›

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 »

When Will We Face the Facts about Suicide in Older Men?

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By Amy Fiske, PhD (Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, West Virginia University) Missing the Group Most at Risk This is National Suicide Prevention Week. Much will be said and written this week about suicide and how to prevent it. Most of it will not even mention the group at greatest risk of suicide: older men…. 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 ›

Children and Youth »

Can Preschool Expulsion Be Prevented? A Growing Body of Research Says Yes!

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By Deborah F. Perry, PhD (Associate Professor, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development) When Dr. Walter Gilliam published his landmark study documenting that preschool children were getting expelled at 3 times the rate of kids in K-12 settings, a small but important finding was included. Rates of preschool expulsion were consistently lower when… Read More ›

LGBT Issues »

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 ›


4 Tips for Preventing and Coping with HIV-Related Short-Term Memory Loss

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By Julie Ann Zuniga, PhD, RN (Protégé, APA Cyber Mentors Program) Have you ever forgotten where you put your keys? Or looked around for your glasses when they were on top of your head? Everyone knows what it’s like to forget the little things. However, some people living with HIV may be particularly affected by… Read More ›


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