The Google effect: Training our brains

A recent headline proclaimed, “Digital Universe to Smash ‘Zettabyte’ Barrier for the First Time” telling us that the amount of available digital content is equivalent to everyone in the world tweeting or blogging constantly for a century or, put another way, the same as a stack of CDs — each full of data — extending […]

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  • New system to predict fraud and abuse

    Due to increasing pressure to reduce fraud, abuse, and billing errors in its Medicare program, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on July 1 that Northrop Grumman Corporation, a global security firm known for its defense contract work, has been contracted to develop a predictive statistical modeling system to identify high-risk medical […]

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  • Treating Workers’ Compensation Patients

    The recognition of the efficacy of psychological evaluation and treatment of patients with medical conditions has increased over the years with the acknowledgment of the impact of the emotional state on the patient’s physical functioning and response to treatment. Actually, psychologists’ involvement in the treatment of patients with medical conditions has been a noted component […]

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  • Psychologists Integral to Relief in Joplin Disaster

    The more than 100 disasters the APA’s Disaster Response Network (DRN) has worked this year range from a small apartment fire to grass fires in Texas, flooding in North Dakota to tornadoes in Massachusetts and Minnesota and of course the disastrous tornado in Joplin, Mo. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the DRN has been busy since […]

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  • Building a full spectrum divorce services niche practice

    Lauren Behrman, Ph.D., says that the epidemic of divorce offers significant opportunities for psychologists looking to expand their practices. In addition to traditional roles of custody evaluator and therapist, new roles have evolved in the last two decades including parent coordinator, mediator, co-parent counselor and collaborative divorce neutral coach, divorce coach and child specialist. These […]

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  • Privatization and Prison Psychologists

    Should we privatize our prisons?” is a question more state governors are asking as the economy continues to bump along the bottom of recovery and they explore ways to trim state spending. Accounting for increasingly substantial costs, prison expenditures are an easy target for privatization consideration. When discussions around this question start, public sector employees, […]

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  • 22nd state recognizes differences in legal competency

    In July of 2011, when Ohio House Bill 86 was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, Ohio took a huge stride forward in defining what it means for a juvenile to be found “Incompetent to Stand Trial.” Ohio became the 22nd state to define juvenile competency by statute. Prior to the new […]

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  • UN Includes Mental Health in Major Declaration

    A historic Summit took place at the September 2011 meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) focusing on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The NCDs are defined by the UNGA as consisting of four main global chronic diseases: cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory illnesses. These diseases are expected to become […]

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  • Stand Down helps homeless veterans get their lives back

    A three-day annual program called Stand Down in Ventura County California that was co-founded by a psychologist serves a growing number of homeless veterans each year. Psychologist Jon Nachison, Ph.D., and Robert Van Keuren developed the camp-styled intervention in 1988 as an outgrowth of their work with the Vietnam Veterans of San Diego (VVSD). Nachison […]

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  • Small state associations to escape grant cuts

    Washington, D.C. – Smaller state psychological associations that depend on grants from the APA Practice Organization (APAPO) to survive will be spared from cuts despite a shrinking budget brought on by the growing number of practitioners who are not paying the annual assessment to support APAPO. Sanford M. Portnoy, Ph.D., chairman of the Committee for […]

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