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American Psychologist
Journal Prestige (SJR): 1.594
Citation Impact (citeScore): 4
Number of Followers: 264  
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ISSN (Print) 0003-066X - ISSN (Online) 1935-990X
Published by APA Homepage  [86 journals]
  • Gold medal award for life achievement in the practice of psychology:
           Lillian Comas-Díaz.
    • Abstract: From teaching public school in Puerto Rico, to community mental health services in Massachusetts and Connecticut, to Yale faculty and clinic director, to cofounding Division 45 and subsequently bringing the journal Cultural Diversity and Mental Health to American Psychological Association to promote ethnocultural psychology academic research and practice, Lillian Comas-Díaz exemplifies improving mental health through ideas and action. Her pioneering theoretical and practical contributions inspire both our and future generations to a higher standard of psychology: They encompass multiple and diverse psychotherapies, feminism and gender studies, diversity, social justice, spirituality, substance abuse, humanism, liberation psychology, cultural competence/cross-cultural interactions, and multiculturalism. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Gold medal award for life achievement in psychology in the public
           interest: Janet E. Helms.
    • Abstract: Janet E. Helms has made extraordinary contributions in the public interest as a scholar, mentor, and leader. Her scholarship has defined and reframed discourse on race, identity development, psychological assessment, social advocacy, and intergroup communications. Her groundbreaking work on racial identity transformed understandings of identity and culture. She has invited students to challenge their perspectives and has mentored over 50 doctoral students who now seek to advance her legacy. As the Augustus Long Professor and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) at Boston College, Dr. Helms has convened the internationally impactful Annual Diversity Challenge Conference. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Gold medal award for life achievement in the science of psychology: Alan
           E. Kazdin.
    • Abstract: Alan E. Kazdin is recognized for his extensive and influential contributions to psychological science through exemplary research, influential clinical applications, and inspiring professional leadership. His research has brought innovation and rigor to the study of intervention for children’s conduct problems. His Yale Parenting Center has put those interventions into action, demonstrating their realworld relevance. His leadership in founding and editing the major journals of clinical science, and his service as president of our major professional organizations, has spread his scientific and humane values throughout our discipline. The legendary Kazdin eloquence and wit, packed into every presentation, have inspired generations of psychologists, underscoring a legacy that is profound and enduring (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Gold medal award for life achievement in the application of psychology:
           Bruce E. Wampold.
    • Abstract: For achievements in documenting the benefits of psychotherapy and understanding how psychotherapy works, Bruce E. Wampold has examined psychotherapy from the perspectives of psychology, history, anthropology, evolution, and placebo studies to develop a model of how psychotherapy produces beneficial outcomes. His scholarship has documented how humans have evolved to use social means to heal and that psychotherapy makes use of the therapy relationship to promote change. His contextual model of psychotherapy, which is an integration of common factors and specific ingredients and which applies to all forms of psychotherapy, provides a means to improve the quality of mental health services through therapist skill acquisition. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Charles L. Brewer Award for distinguished teaching of psychology: R. Eric
    • Abstract: R. Eric Landrum is an inspiring, passionate teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless crusader for education. A skilled orator, he works hard to further the craft of teaching, inspiring his colleagues to be the best teachers they can be and motivating his students to learn. Eric is an authority on careers for psychology majors and his know-how on this topic is sought after around the country. His interests in skill development, assessment, and the importance of preparing students for the workforce and arming them with psychological science have resulted in significant changes to the lives of students and educators worldwide. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Summary of the clinical practice guideline for the treatment of
           posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults.
    • Abstract: The American Psychological Association (APA) developed a clinical practice guideline (CPG) to provide recommendations on psychological and pharmacological treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults. This paper is a summary of the CPG, including the development process. Members of the guideline development panel (GDP) used a comprehensive systematic review conducted by the Research Triangle Institute-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center (RTI-UNC EPC) as its primary evidence base (Jonas et al., 2013). The GDP consisted of health professionals from psychology, psychiatry, social work, and family medicine as well as community members who self-identified as having had PTSD. PTSD symptom reduction and serious harms were selected by the GDP as critical outcomes for making recommendations. The GDP strongly recommends use of the following psychotherapies/interventions (in alphabetical order) for adults with PTSD: cognitive–behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, cognitive therapy, and prolonged exposure therapy. The GDP conditionally recommends the use of brief eclectic psychotherapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and narrative exposure therapy (NET). For medications, the GDP conditionally recommends the following (in alphabetical order): fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, and venlafaxine. There is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against offering Seeking Safety, relaxation, risperidone, and topiramate. A subgroup of the GDP reviewed studies published after the systematic review for those treatments that received substantive recommendations; the GDP concluded that future systematic reviews that incorporated those new studies could change the recommendations for EMDR and NET from conditional to strong. For all other treatments, results of the update indicated that recommendations were unlikely to change or that there were no new trials for comparison. The target audience for this CPG includes clinicians, researchers, patients, and policymakers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral and Postdoctoral
           Levels in Consulting Psychology/Organizational Consulting Psychology:
           Executive summary of the 2017 revision.
    • Abstract: This article provides an executive summary of the American Psychological Association (APA)-approved 2017 revision of the Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral and Postdoctoral Levels in Consulting Psychology/Organizational Consulting Psychology. The guidelines were developed by the Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP), Division 13 of the American Psychological Association, to provide updated guidance and recommendations for education and training of doctoral-level consulting psychologists. This article provides an overview of the complete guidelines, reviews the process by which the guidelines were generated, and identifies some of the important contextual factors involved in this work, including overarching principles; the concept of individual, group, and organizational levels; and specific consulting psychology competencies. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Summary report of journal operations for 2018.
    • Abstract: These summaries report Journal Operations for 2018 and Division Journal Operations for 2018. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Integration of movement competency training to optimize behavioral
           interventions for child obesity: Comment on Wilfley et al. (2018).
    • Abstract: Wilfley, Hayes, Balantekin, Van Buren, and Epstein (2018) provided an important review of behavioral interventions for obesity in children and adults. Although behavioral change interventions are effective in increasing the frequency of exercise behaviors, behavioral treatment providers may not be experts regarding how fundamental movement/motor skills (FMS) deficits (e.g., ability to run, skip, balance, leap, kick, throw, catch, bounce) may hinder obese children from achieving physical activity goals. Prerequisite knowledge and skills are necessary to perform new target behaviors such as increasing physical activity, and exercise physiologists are best positioned to provide individualized exercise prescriptions to improve movement competence. Similar to psychologists and other behavioral treatment providers, exercise physiologists conduct their exercise interventions using an individualized, skills-building approach; by working collaboratively, behavioral health providers and exercise physiologists can develop integrative behavioral treatment plans to improve skills (both cognitive–behavioral and FMS) that may increase physical activity and improve health outcomes in children with obesity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Fundamental movement skills training in childhood obesity treatments:
           Reply to Hyman (2019).
    • Abstract: Hyman (2019) provides a commentary on our recent review of behavioral interventions for obesity that highlights an opportunity to intervene with children with obesity to build fundamental movement skills. This suggestion is relatively novel for the childhood obesity intervention field and is deserving of additional research. Future studies should assess the efficacy of fundamental movement skills training to contribute to weight and/or weight-related outcomes in children with obesity as well as consider whether it is best to include fundamental movement skills training as part of, or complementary to, current treatment interventions. If efficacy is demonstrated, it is also prudent to understand how fundamental movement skills training may be implemented into current care models. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • The potential role of anxiety sensitivity in the risk for and recovery
           from heart attacks: Comment on Edmondson et al. (2018).
    • Abstract: Edmondson et al. (2018) provided a compelling account of the causes and consequences of patients’ perceptions of enduring somatic threat following a heart attack or related cardiac event. The purpose of the current article is to place some of these observations in the context of research on anxiety sensitivity and its role as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, posttraumatic stress disorder, and negative health behaviors. By doing so, we hope to encourage attention to anxiety sensitivity and associated prevention–intervention strategies for at-risk cardiac patients. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Harold Mosak (1921–2018).
    • Abstract: This article memorializes Harold Mosak (1921–2018), one of more important interpreters of Adlerian psychology, who died June 1, 2018, at the age of 96. Mosak cofounded the Alfred Adler Institute, now Adler University, in Chicago in 1952. He worked with clients and mentored students until his retirement from clinical practice and the classroom in 2015. He was a prolific writer, authoring nearly 200 articles and books about Adlerian psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Daniel N. Robinson (1937–2018).
    • Abstract: This article memorializes Daniel N. Robinson who passed away in Frederick, Maryland, on September 17, 2018, at the age of 81. An estimable scholar, Robinson authored 18 books, including not only scientifically oriented volumes such as The Enlightened Machine: An Analytical Introduction to Neuropsychology (1980) but also highly praised volumes such as An Intellectual History of Psychology (3rd ed., 1995); Systems of Modern Psychology (1979); and Toward a Science of Human Nature: Essays on the Psychologies of Hegel, Mill, Wundt, and James (1982). Robinson received many honors during his career, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from Division 26. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Fred J. Frese III (1940–2018).
    • Abstract: Fred J. Frese III, called a “national treasure” by Mike Hogan, Chair of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, died July 16, 2018, at his home in Hudson, Ohio, surrounded by his family. Fred was an extraordinary human being who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and rose to become an influential and accomplished psychologist who inspired all he met. Fred presented Congressional testimony to both Houses of Congress, appeared on several national TV and radio broadcasts, and spoke worldwide. Fred was a fellow of the APA and received the Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1987 and a Presidential Citation in 2005. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Mary Brown Parlee (1943–2018).
    • Abstract: Mary Brown Parlee was a pioneer feminist scholar who made noteworthy and enduring contributions to the study of the menstrual cycle. Parlee died in Somerville, Massachusetts, on June 27, 2018, following a hemorrhagic stroke. Throughout her career, Parlee devoted considerable energy to educating the public about psychology and to correcting misapprehensions about women that the discipline had promulgated. In the late 1970s, she served as an associate editor for Psychology Today, which was then a well-regarded popular scientific publication. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Reuben J. Silver (1924−2018).
    • Abstract: Reuben J. Silver passed away on April 11, 2018, in Wilmington, North Carolina, his home for the last 18 years. He was born to Hyman Jonah Silver and Shaynah Volk Silver in Medway, Massachusetts, on September 12, 1924. Reuben was nationally recognized for his contributions to the professional practice of psychology. Many of his contributions were made when legal recognition for psychology was still in its infancy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Ellin L. Bloch (1940–2018).
    • Abstract: Ellin L. Bloch passed away after a brief illness on September 28, 2018. At her death, Ellin was a retired professor in the clinical PhD program at the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, having been on faculty there since 1995 as a professor, program director, and director of the office of field training. For her community service work, Ellin received an APA Presidential award. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Racialized violence in the lives of Black people: Illustrations from Haiti
           (Ayiti) and the United States.
    • Abstract: Notwithstanding the cessation of the transatlantic slave trade in the 19th century and the end of “classical” colonization in African and Caribbean nations in the last century, racialized violence persists and continues to adversely impact the lives of African-descended people throughout the world. In this article, racialized violence involving Black people refers to physical acts and structural processes that prove injurious or deadly to Black people as Black people. The structural manifestations of racialized violence include unjust laws and normative practices that constrain the fulfillment of Black people’s basic needs (like safety) and diminish their pursuit of liberation from persistent oppression. Using Nicolas’s systemic and long-standing work in Haiti (Ayiti) as an illustration, we describe how the objectives of ending Black racialized violence and achieving genuine liberation from racism are integral to Black psychological health. Highlighting how racialized violence “works” in maintaining societal racism over the course of history in 2 settings—Ayiti and the United States, we urge psychologists worldwide to improve their practices with Black people by (a) instituting (new) norms that unsilence Black voices in treatment and research, (b) (re)committing to a process of peace promotion that forcefully disrupt the systemic perpetuation of racism, and (c) advancing an agenda of every-day activism aimed at increasing the health and life chances of Black people within and across the diaspora. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 15 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
  • Who watches an ISIS beheading—And why.
    • Abstract: In the wake of collective traumas and acts of terrorism, media bring real graphic images and videos to TV, computer, and smartphone screens. Many people consume this coverage, but who they are and why they do so is poorly understood. Using a mixed-methods design, we examined predictors of and motivations for viewing graphic media among individuals who watched a beheading video created by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A representative national sample of U.S. residents (N = 3,294) reported whether they viewed a video and why (or why not) via an anonymous survey administered during a 3-year longitudinal study. Accounting for population weights, about 20% of the sample reported watching at least part of a beheading video, and about 5% reported watching an entire video. Increased likelihood of watching a video was associated with demographics (male, unemployed, and Christian), frequency of typical TV watching, and both prior lifetime exposure to violence and fear of future terrorism. Watching at least part of a beheading video was prospectively associated with fear of future negative events and global distress approximately 2 years after the beheading videos went viral. The most common reasons respondents reported for watching a beheading video were information seeking and curiosity. Results suggest attentional vigilance: Preexisting fear and history of violent victimization appear to draw individuals to graphic coverage of violence. However, viewing this coverage may contribute to subsequent fear and distress over time, likely assisting terrorists in achieving their goals. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 25 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT
  • “Forward flow”: A new measure to quantify free thought and
           predict creativity.
    • Abstract: When the human mind is free to roam, its subjective experience is characterized by a continuously evolving stream of thought. Although there is a technique that captures people’s streams of free thought—free association—its utility for scientific research is undermined by two open questions: (a) How can streams of thought be quantified' (b) Do such streams predict psychological phenomena' We resolve the first issue—quantification—by presenting a new metric, “forward flow,” that uses latent semantic analysis to capture the semantic evolution of thoughts over time (i.e., how much present thoughts diverge from past thoughts). We resolve the second issue—prediction—by examining whether forward flow predicts creativity in the lab and the real world. Our studies reveal that forward flow predicts creativity in college students (Study 1) and a representative sample of Americans (Study 2), even when controlling for intelligence. Studies also reveal that membership in real-world creative groups—performance majors (Study 3), professional actors (Study 4) and entrepreneurs (Study 5)—is predicted by forward flow, even when controlling for performance on divergent thinking tasks. Study 6 reveals that forward flow in celebrities’ social media posts (i.e., on Twitter) predicts their creative achievement. In addition to creativity, forward flow may also help predict mental illness, emotional experience, leadership ability, adaptability, neural dynamics, group productivity, and cultural success. We present open-access online tools for assessing and visualizing forward flow for both illustrative and large-scale data analytic purposes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
      PubDate: Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT
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