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

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September 30, 2014 • Disability Issues

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 ›

Criminal and Juvenile Justice »

Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies

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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 Nazgol Ghandnoosh, PhD (Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project) “When you think about people who break into homes and businesses, approximately what percent would you say are black?” White Americans who responded to this survey question in 2010… 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 »

Want Justice? Stop Tolerating These Realities

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Originally posted on 2014 APA Annual Convention:
One in three black male children born in the United States is expected to go to jail or prison at some point in his lifetime, said public interest lawyer and Equal Justice Initiative Executive Director Bryan Stevenson, JD, at an APA convention session on Saturday. “That wasn’t true in…

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 »

Why We Still Need ENDA for Full Protection of LGBT Workers

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By Leo Rennie (Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office) On June 16, the White House announced that President Barack Obama intends to sign an executive order banning employment discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Center for American Progress offers a comprehensive… Read More ›

Children and Youth »

Redefining Race Relations: It Begins at Home

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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 Erlanger “Earl” Turner, PhD, (Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown) and students from his Multicultural Psychology course (Damaurriah Butler, Jonathan Otero, & Caroline Smith) In the United States, race relations has had its challenges… 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 »

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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