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It’s not every day that one gets to realize a childhood dream and at the same time contribute to science and represent one’s profession in a high profile role.
As a young boy growing up in the 1960s, I followed the space race and idolized the astronauts the way most boys worship major sports figures. I always dreamed of being an astronaut or being part of a space mission – and recently that opportunity materialized.
In 2012, the University of Hawaii announced that it had received a sizable grant from NASA to study various aspects of what it would take to establish a small outpost habitat on Mars. The study would involve a simulation in a very Mars-like environ here on Earth.
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- APA task force report: Gun violence can be reduced
- Mental Health Again is Issue in Gun Control Debate
- Medicare Payments to Psychologists Suddenly Reduced
- Expert Sees Value in DSM-5
As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]Colleague assistance programs growing
Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).APA sets health service psychologist standards
Honolulu – The American Psychological Association (APA) set a national standard for psychologists providing health services during its annual convention here July 31-Aug. 4. APA’s Council of Representatives passed a resolution on “Accreditation for Programs that Prepare Psychologists to Provide Health Services” requiring health service psychologists be trained in…Vague standards, guidelines, laws create telepsychology risks
As a psychologist who’s been researching/writing/practicing/consulting/training online for years, I’m often asked, “Where can psychologists get guidance and training for practicing online?” Just as frequently, I encounter well-intentioned, ethical colleagues who blithely undertake an online practice without considering their legal and ethical obligations or competencies. In hopes of helping readers avoid many potential landmines, I’ll […]
From the Latest Issue...Mentally ill offenders isolated arbitrarily
Stephen Ragusea’s recent article raised a number of issues about prison mental health care. As a correctional practitioner, I can’t disagree with his analysis, but I would hasten to say this is not a new problem. For decades, numerous authors as well as the federal courts have identified problems about sufficient access to care as well as the quality of correctional mental health services, but fixing the problem …Assessing juveniles’ competence to stand trial
In criminal proceedings, forensic psychologists must at times address the competency of juvenile defendants to stand trial.
As with adult defendants, an inquiry regarding competence to stand trial starts with the criteria set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in Dusky v. United States (1960). The core questions to be addressed involve (1) the defendant’s “present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of …Larger bonuses & penalties coming for Medicare
Medicare’s current emphasis on pay-for-reporting will likely shift to pay-for-performance in which providers could earn bonuses or penalties of 4 percent in 2018 and up to 12 percent in 2021 and beyond.
In order to abolish the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and avert a 23.7 percent rate reduction in Medicare reimbursement, bipartisan companion bills were introduced recently by the leadership of the House Ways and …Test security must be maintained
”So, here’s a scenario for you.
A lawyer refers a male patient to a psychologist for evaluation. The psychologist says to the patient, “Here, take this MMPI home with you, complete it and return it to me when you come in for your appointment tomorrow.”
See any ethical problems?
A few weeks later, the lawyer involved in the case calls me on the phone and asks, “Is that …Bariatric surgery patients need sex counseling
Obesity is associated with life-threatening co-morbid conditions including type-2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and certain cancers. Given the severe consequences of obesity and the short-term results with traditional diet programs, many American adults undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss.
Pre-operative psychosocial assessments are often required to determine appropriateness for surgery, as well as post-operative risk factors for weight loss and mental stability. However, the assessment of sexual …