Applying Psychological Science, Benefiting Society

National Adjunct Walkout Day protester

Adjunct Faculty: Highly Educated, Working Hard for Society, and Struggling To Survive

(9)

By Gretchen M. Reevy, PhD (Lecturer, Psychology Department, California State University, East Bay) When we think of people who live below the poverty line in the U.S., we often picture individuals who lack adequate medical care, who are homeless, who are unable to provide nutritious food for themselves and their families, and if young, people who… Read More ›

Criminal and Juvenile Justice »

Psychologists Address Police Interactions with Boys and Men of Color

(0) Long exposure to capture the full array of police car lights. 12MP camera.

Originally posted on 2015 APA Annual Convention:
Do you know that feeling when you hear something really meaningful? For me it often involves a pit in my stomach and the chills. It is not an entirely pleasant feeling, but it is a helpful reminder that something important is happening that I don’t want to miss. That’s…

Children and Youth »

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

(1) blog-alette-coble-temple-sq

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

(0) blog-samhsa-mmhm2015

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

(2) Hands holding a sign saying "give back"

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

(4) Japanese family in the park

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 »

Adjunct Faculty: Highly Educated, Working Hard for Society, and Struggling To Survive

(9) National Adjunct Walkout Day protester

By Gretchen M. Reevy, PhD (Lecturer, Psychology Department, California State University, East Bay) When we think of people who live below the poverty line in the U.S., we often picture individuals who lack adequate medical care, who are homeless, who are unable to provide nutritious food for themselves and their families, and if young, people who… Read More ›

Violence »

Early Childhood Parent Training: A Vital Tool for Psychologists

(9) blog-early-parent-training-ftrd

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

(0) APALOG

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

(2) blog-ada-25-sq

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?

(1) Jack O Lanterns

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 »

The Working Sick

(1) Mother feeling forehead of her daughter

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 ›

LGBT Issues »

How One Little Brother Became a HERO to His Transgender Sister

(0) Brother and sister

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 ›

AIDS »

Stop the Virus by Going Viral

(1) 1375449190teenagers_huddled_around_laptop_w432

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 ›

Contact

American Psychological Association
Public Interest Directorate
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-6056
Email: publicinterest@apa.org
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,471 other followers