Psychology and treating mental illness

It was a pleasure to see the recent article by my friend and colleague, Arnold Lazarus, in the National Psychologist (Lazarus, 2001). In addition to his many other contributions to the field of psychology, Dr. Lazarus has repeatedly spoken out on issues related to ethics (e.g., Lazarus, 1998), even at the risk of misperceptions by […]

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  • It’s a new world where ‘multiculturalism’ speaks volumes

    The 2000 Census clearly tells the story. No longer are white Europeans, descendants of 18th and 19th century immigrants, the dominant culture in the United States. They have given way to Hispanics, Latinos, African-Americans, Asians, American Indians, Native Hawaiian, people from Somalia and other war-ravaged countries. Their influx during the past decade has transformed the […]

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  • The plight of recent graduates

    ‘Have Ph.D.’ but cannot practice psychology Washington–It’s the morning after graduation. The owner of a shiny new Ph.D. degree in psychology starts the day with strong coffee and a skimpy plan to go job hunting. She faces a problem. She is a Ph.D. sans a license to practice. What to do? Pursue a job that […]

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  • Surgeon General unveils far-reaching mental health report

    From all appearances, the presentation of a new report on mental illness by Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., at the APA convention in San Francisco in late August was a smashing success, reminding America about its neglected masses craving for help. But now come the details. Satcher’s tenure as surgeon general will soon end–in […]

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  • APA picks African-American as CEO, first in its 110-year history

    Norman H. Anderson, 6-2, a sprightly, lean, athletic 46-year-old psychologist with a science and administrative background, has become the first African-American to be elected APA’s chief executive officer in its 110-year history. He replaces Raymond B. Fowler, Ph.D. about Jan. 1. Fowler has been the longest serving APA CEO. Robert Sternberg, Ph.D., who co-chaired the […]

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  • APA projects surplus in 2003, deficit in ‘04

    Washington– With many fewer employees and a culture that reflects reduced expectations, The American Psychological Association (APA) will enjoy its first surplus budget in many years in 2003, but faces a potential $4 million deficit in 2004. How to pare that potential deficit will be an ongoing discussion item for the APA Council of Representatives, […]

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  • Two sides of managed care debated at Atlanta conference

    Atlanta–It’s surprising and refreshing that a managed care organization such as the National Mental Health Care Congress (NMHCC) would invite a keynote speaker to its annual convention, whose biases run afoul of the hand that feeds the honoraria. Take David Himmelstein, M.D., chief of the Division of Social and Community Medicine at Cambridge (Mass.) Health […]

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  • ‘Dr. Laura’ debacle won’t go away as vetoed article dispute reveals

    The “Dr.Laura” controversy that caused the American Psychological Association (APA) serious embarrassment two years ago, is turning into an on-going soap opera that has lately threatened to divide the association into warring camps. The latest chapter was being written this spring when a once-accepted, then rejected, and finally re-accepted article by Scott Lilienfeld, Ph.D., an […]

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  • 2004 convention in Honolulu appears back on track after close call

    Despite fears that holding a convention in Honolulu will be a money loser, the American Psychological Association (APA) appears to have decided to meet in Hawaii in 2004 as planned anyway. Concerned about losing money and citing post-Sept. 11 concerns, the APA Board of Directors had directed the Bureau of Convention Affairs (BCA) to investigate […]

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  • Making psychology a household word

    From my vantage point as both a dean of a graduate school of psychology and an officer of the American Psychological Association, I have unique opportunities to reflect on the applicability of psychology to everyday life. Over the past few decades, psychology has, commendably, gained a higher profile in our society. But I envision a […]

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