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“Hate Being Sober”: Lessons from Rap Music to Address Substance Use among African American Teens

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By Cendrine Robinson, MS (Doctoral Candidate in Medical and Clinical Psychology) Chicago native, rapper Chief Keef’s song Hate Being Sober (Cozart, Jackson, Thomaz & Pittman, 2012) has over 10 million views on YouTube. While some may not be familiar with the rapper, his YouTube views suggest that his music resonates with many of today’s youth. At… Read More ›

Aging »

Aging with HIV: New Research Sheds Light on a Growing Population

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By David Martin, PhD, ABPP (Senior Director, APA Office on AIDS)  The Office on AIDS is pleased to have played a small supporting role in the publication of the just-released special issue of Behavioral Medicine, in which six articles on HIV and aging were published this month. These articles represent an important extension of existing knowledge… Read More ›

Human Rights and Social Justice »

Teachable Moments About Policing from Ferguson, Missouri

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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 Tom Tyler, PhD (Professor of Law and Psychology, Yale Law School) Ferguson represents another step in the escalating failure of the “broken windows” view of crime that has gained ascendancy during the past generation.  Under this approach, the… 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 »

Stronger Together: How to Build Resilience to Community Violence

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Originally posted on 2014 APA Annual Convention:
What strengths-based solutions can psychologists develop in response to community violence? A panel of psychologists who work with widely disparate groups tackled this question for the Public Interest collaborative program — “Risk and Resilience – Overcoming Exposure to Community Violence.” What common thread united each of the panelists’ work?…

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 –…

Culture, Ethnicity and Race »

Do Diversity & Intersecting Identities Matter in Mentoring Relationships?

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Originally posted on 2014 APA Annual Convention:
I had the privilege today to be involved in a conversation hour sponsored by APAGS CARED (Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity) titled “Intersecting Identities in Academic and Clinical Settings.” The program was focused on engaging in conversations around mentoring approaches across diversity dimensions (e.g., age,…

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 »

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 ›

Children and Youth »

“Hate Being Sober”: Lessons from Rap Music to Address Substance Use among African American Teens

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By Cendrine Robinson, MS (Doctoral Candidate in Medical and Clinical Psychology) Chicago native, rapper Chief Keef’s song Hate Being Sober (Cozart, Jackson, Thomaz & Pittman, 2012) has over 10 million views on YouTube. While some may not be familiar with the rapper, his YouTube views suggest that his music resonates with many of today’s youth. At… 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 »

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 »

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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