5 psychologists returned to Congress

For the second straight time, five psychologists will sit in Congress when the body convenes in January. Tim Murphy, Ph.D., a Republican, of suburban Pittsburgh, was elected to a second term in a bowtie-shaped district in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Murphy, who started the Mental Health Caucus during his first term in office, handily defeated Democratic challenger […]

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  • Arizona psychologists offer to help end mental health crisis

    The Arizona Psychological Association has intervened in a two-decades-old court case in an attempt to help solve the mental health crisis in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous and home to Phoenix. In a letter to the judge overseeing the case, known as Arnold v. Sarn, Ellen W. Williams, Ph.D., president of the association, said […]

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  • Nebraska psychologist goes to Florida police academy at 67

    Moved by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, a University of Nebraska at Omaha professor and an activist in the Florida Psychological Association enrolled in and graduated from a police training program in Tallahassee at the age of 67. Robert H. Woody, Ph.D., J.D., said that he “needed to do something” to deal with the […]

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  • APA approves same-sex marriage and parenting rights

    HONOLULU – The American Psychological Association approved the most sweeping endorsement of gay rights by any mental health organization to date in a pair of resolutions opposing any legal restriction on the rights of gays, lesbians or bisexuals to marry or rear children. The politics of a presidential election year propelled news reports of the […]

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  • PSYCHOLOGISTS AND THE PATRIOT ACT

    As a clinical psychologist in private practice I spend much of my time listening to others express their problems, fears and concerns about their personal lives. Occasionally those concerns and fears include the larger world problems of war and terrorism. But, until recently, I did not know that terrorism and legal acts to confront it […]

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  • Disability protection is essential

    Most people have life and health insurance to protect them in the event of illness or accident. That means that their medical expenses are covered and their families are protected. But what happens in the event of a serious illness or accident that results in long-term disability? Who would pay for everyday living expenses? How […]

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  • Louisiana Medical Psychologists Gain Prescriptive Authority

    After 10 days of consideration, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco on May 6 signed House Bill 1426 into law, granting Louisiana medical psychologists the authority to prescribe psychotropic medications. Her signature was the culmination of a decade of hard and persistent work by a core of dedicated psychologists. The bill was strongly supported by the […]

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  • Psychology PAC appeal nets 500 new givers

    Around 1,300 practicing psychologists responded generously to a plea from the APA Practice Organization to get involved in the political process by writing checks to psychology’s only political action committee. Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., executive director for the Association for the Advancement of Psychology (AAP), said the mailing sent out by the Practice Organization earlier […]

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  • “One Year in Primary Care”

    As a newly licensed psychologist specializing in child psychology and psychopharmacology, I was happy to accept an invitation to work part-time in the office of a family practice doctor in rural California. Looking back on my first day in October of 2002, I now realize the enormity of information that I had to learn and […]

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  • HIPAA’s portability lost in privacy overkill

    Eight years after insurance portability was guaranteed by federal law it remains uncertain — even unlikely — that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) achieved its primary goal. Not only is the effectiveness of the act unknown, but no one seems very interested in finding out. In 1996, Congress approved HIPAA virtually unanimously. […]

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