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A War on Children: The Consequences of Poverty on Child Development

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This post continues our new blog series on poverty. As our nation reflects on its progress in fighting poverty over the last 50 years, this blog series will highlight how psychology can contribute further to this discussion. By Roseanne L. Flores, PhD – (Member, APA Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education) In 2012, over 16 million children –… Read More ›

Criminal and Juvenile Justice »

Close to Home: A Psychologist Reflects on Providing Crisis Counseling in Ferguson

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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 Jameca Falconer, PhD (Counseling Psychologist, Logan University) After watching the horrors in Ferguson, Missouri, unfold only a few miles away from where I live, I began looking closely at social justice strategies as a way to heal… Read More ›

Aging »

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 ›

Human Rights and Social Justice »

Race, Racism and Law Enforcement in Communities of Color: A Call to Action

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By Gwendolyn P. Keita, PhD (Executive Director, APA Public Interest Directorate)  The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, at the hands of a police officer has led to outrage and continuing civil unrest in Ferguson, MO. These events are emblematic of the fraught and often problematic interactions that communities of color have… 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 »

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 ›

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 »

A War on Children: The Consequences of Poverty on Child Development

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This post continues our new blog series on poverty. As our nation reflects on its progress in fighting poverty over the last 50 years, this blog series will highlight how psychology can contribute further to this discussion. By Roseanne L. Flores, PhD – (Member, APA Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education) In 2012, over 16 million children –… Read More ›

Children and Youth »

It Takes a Village to Support the American Dream

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This post launches our new blog series on poverty. As our nation reflects on its progress in fighting poverty over the last 50 years, this blog series will highlight how psychology can contribute further to this discussion. By Erin Currier (Director, Financial Security and Mobility) and Sarah Sattelmeyer (Senior Associate, Financial Security and Mobility), The Pew Charitable… Read More ›

Poverty and Socioeconomic Status »

What Can Behavioral Economics Tell Us About Depletion and Decision Making?

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This post continues our new blog series on poverty. As our nation reflects on its progress in fighting poverty over the last 50 years, this blog series will highlight how psychology can contribute further to this discussion. By Ramani Durvasula, PhD, (Member, APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status)  The 2013 HBO film Paycheck to Paycheck features the story… 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 »

People with Disabilities Aren’t Heroes – They’re People

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By Dana S. Dunn, PhD (Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean for Special Projects, Moravian College) One of my former students has muscular dystrophy. He uses a power wheelchair to get around. He tells me that it is not unusual for him to attract the interest of strangers when he is out and about with friends—in… Read More ›

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