Applying Psychological Science, Benefiting Society

Tag: prevention

Why Philadelphia’s Mental Health Successes Should Spur Capitol Hill to Action

The American Psychological Association was pleased to have Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, as a witness March 25, 2014 at a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Below is a shortened version of Dr. Evans’ full testimony, with full video of the hearing on the Committee’s… Read More ›

Let’s Get Everyone Brushing…Their Minds!

By S. D. Shantinath, DDS, MPH, PhD (Associate Professor of Public Health, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences) What do you get when you mix a pediatric dentist with a clinical psychologist, and toss in a master’s degree in public health? Someone who wants to get the whole world brushing – brushing their teeth, and… Read More ›

Federal Juvenile Justice Policy – Alignment with Science

By Micah Haskell-Hoehl (Senior Policy Associate, APA Public Interest Directorate – Government Relations Office)  To punish or to rehabilitate? That question frames the essence of the debate over criminal and juvenile justice, and it plays out in practice, with new policies always falling somewhere between these two poles. With the 1974 establishment of the Juvenile Justice… Read More ›

Depressed teenage boy

7 Essential Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Suicide

In this blog post, APA President-elect Nadine Kaslow and her colleagues offer parents advice on how to prevent teen suicide. By Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, Polina Kitsis, Mili Anne Thomas, MA, and Dorian A. Lamis, PhD Parents Can Make a Difference Every day, about 12 youth die by suicide. For every adolescent death by suicide you hear about,… Read More ›

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5 Reasons to Act Now on Juvenile Justice Reform

By Kerry Bolger, PhD (Public Interest Government Relations Office) Did you know that the U.S. incarcerates more of its kids per capita than any other developed nation—and that we spend about $5 billion a year of taxpayers’ money to keep them locked up? Is that because a lot more kids in America are committing violent… Read More ›

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Moving from Awareness to Action in Children’s Mental Health

By Ileana Arias, PhD (Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Last week I was pleased to present a keynote address on children’s mental health as a public health issue at a National Summit developed by APA’s Interdivisional Task Force on Children’s Mental Health. Did you know as many as 1 in 5… Read More ›

Depressed youth

What Everybody Ought to Know About Suicide

By Lauren Fasig, JD, PhD (Director, APA Children, Youth, and Families Office) Suicide touches everyone. Adults, teens, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, popular people, loners, geeks, jocks, scientists, artists, plumbers, doctors, farmworkers, soldiers, lawyers, teachers, minsters, police officers, dishwashers…everyone. Did you know suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in young people between the ages… Read More ›

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What a Child Learns About Violence

By Jeffrey Segal, PsyD (APA Member and Licensed Psychologist) “What a child learns about violence, a child learns for life….teach carefully.” Little did I know that when I first heard these words 12 years ago as one of the early facilitators trained in APA’s Adults and Children Together Against Violence (ACT) Raising Safe Kids Program,… Read More ›


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