Book Review: MMPI-2 Book is Excellent Reference Text

Using the MMPI-2 in Forensic Assessment by James N. Butcher, Ph.D., Giselle A. Hass, Psy.D., Roger L. Greene, Ph.D., and Linda D. Nelson, Ph.D., ABPN. (2015) APA Books. Washington, D.C. Hardcover: $79.95; member price: $54.95. During the past several decades the practice of forensic psychology has greatly expanded and has undergone continuous development in the […]

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  • Psychologists Best to Assess Concussions, Gender Effects

    Sports-related concussions get tremendous attention from the media and the research community, provoking more debate than all other sports injuries combined. Historically, research efforts focused primarily on injury prevention, incidence, diagnosis and management in male athletes, but research has begun to shed light on the consequences of concussion and recovery course in female athletes. Studies […]

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  • Risk Management: Investigation Notice for Psychologists Not Cause for Panic

    Every state regulates the practice of psychology. The simplest regulation is that state licensing is required to call oneself a psychologist. A person may have a Ph.D. or a Psy.D., but unless the person has a license or works for an educational institution, he or she is not a psychologist. With a state license comes […]

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  • Proponent of Internet Tests Contends They Eliminate Bias

    There is a nationwide inadequacy of current pre-employment and promotion tests for public safety officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. In Chicago clinical psychologists use paper and pencil tests like PAI, Millon, Bender and ability tests without any empirical basis that these are related to the job of a public safety officer, firefighter or emergency […]

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  • PTSD Treatment Restricted by Cost-Containment

    An Ohio psychologist who served as an Army psychologist in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan contends United Healthcare (UHC) is denying needed treatment for a PTSD client formerly seen on a weekly basis by limiting reimbursement to cover no more than one session every two weeks. Kathy Platoni, Psy.D., said she was notified in […]

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  • Brain Hacking: Tech Companies Hijack Your Attention

    Recently I was filmed for a 60 Minutes segment called “Brain Hacking” where Anderson Cooper interviewed four experts who deal with how technology captures your attention. The piece was interesting and is, of course, available online for your viewing pleasure. SPOILER ALERT: The piece will leave you feeling a bit leery of how tech companies […]

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  • Ethics for psychologists: Duty to Warn & Not Getting Distracted by Legal Cases

    Some years ago a psychologist in Wausau, Wisc., found himself worrying about the increasingly angry talk by a client. He was distracted as he tried to remember the “duty to warn” standard, which is a specific case and not a statute in Wisconsin. Suddenly he found himself fighting for his life. He survived the 37 […]

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  • Hoffman Report Triggers Defamation Suit Against APA

    A report contracted by and issued to the American Psychological Association (APA) that alleged staff and the military supported the torture of prisoners at terrorist detention centers after 9/11 is the focus of a defamation lawsuit. The suit was filed in Ohio in February and centers around the Hoffman Report that drew national attention in […]

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  • Advocates in Field of Aging Hear Strong Call to Action

    Chicago – “Become a national voice but engage in local action” was the call to arms for political activism professionals in the field of aging heard throughout public policy sessions at the American Society on Aging (ASA) Conference in March. On the day Congress had been slated to vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, speakers […]

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