How to Integrate Mindfulness Practices into the Classroom

How may college students benefit if mindfulness practices are introduced into their classes?

Why Education still (and always) Matters

What role should education be playing in American culture today?

Oscars Dipped in White

As one of the largest U.S. exports, the influence of the film industry far surpasses the whitewashed walls of Hollywood awards season. What does the lack of diversity in the 2015 Oscar race say about the state of the union today?

The Other 'F' Word: The Feminist Backlash

Feminism doesn't have to be a bad word. Here is why I use the term feminist to describe myself, and you can, too.

What Bill Cosby's Crimes can Teach us About Sexual Predators

Why are so many accusers coming forward at the same time against Bill Cosby? Could it be that a path is finally clear for victims of sexual assault to be heard and for their stories to empower others to do the same?

Mad as Hell: Documentary Must See

What can be learned from Cenk Uygur and The Young Turks?

U.S. Education: The Bad, Part II

Systemic racism continues to persist in educational institutions, to the detriment of minorities, and black Americans in particular.

Men, Women & Children (& Technology)

In what ways is the digital world changing what it means to be human? This question, and many other provocative ones, are raised by Reitman's new film, Men, Women & Children

Death Becomes Her: Social Media Ettiquette

Is social media the proper medium to facilitate the process of mourning? Is there an explicit social norm regarding how to discuss death and loss on social media?

What Happens When There Is No Video?

The recently leaked footage of a violent altercation between NFL player Ray Rice and his then-fiance once again puts the NFL on a collision course with criminal behavior, and violence against women, in particular. What values do male-dominated sports institutions convey, and in what ways does this most recent incident betray the true values of the NFL?

Education in the U.S.: The Good (Part I)

Part I of a three-part series on education in America. How does this country rate internationally, what are we doing well, what needs improvement, and what aspects of our system is just downright ugly?

Is Our Diet Sexist?

In what ways do constructions of masculinity and femininity impact the food choices we make?

The State of Cancer Research Across the Globe

What is the mortality rate for cancer worldwide, and what roles do lifestyle, behavior, and geography play regarding the state of cancer today?

Is There Such a Thing as Too Politically Correct?

What are the consequences of a politically correct culture when superficialities distract from deeper and more meaningful dialogue?

The Beauty Myth in the 21st Century

When will the vicious cycle of the relentless pursuit of physical perfection be broken for women?

The Company U.S. Keeps: Case of Death Penalty

The recent botched execution in Oklahoma brings back a spotlight to the death penalty in the U.S. and whether or not it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

Access to Education for Prisoners Key to Reform

Skyrocketing incarceration rates and high recidivism could be tackled by giving inmates access to education, but politicians resistant to such policy, despite substantial research to support the effectiveness of such reform.

A Long Way to Achieve the “Post-Racial” Dream

In what areas of our society do racial disparities continue to persist, and what does this say about the "post-racial" America of our dreams?

5 Things I Learned From My Yoga Retreat

What lessons can be learned when a social psychologist participates in a 5 day yoga retreat, unplugging from the digital world and becoming immersed in contemplative practices?

When Mass Shooters Cry Wolf

Is there a standard profile of a school shooter?

Why Can’t College Students Write Anymore?

What other skills are being lost among students who demonstrate poor writing skills?

Is the Psychiatric System Broken?

Dire facts regarding the state of the psychiatric system in the U.S. today.

5 Books to Nourish the Mind & Spirit

Consider these books for your list of what to read in 2014.

Fat Denial: When Self-Help Mantras Can Backfire

Self-help mantras may be backfiring in instances when they deny the real health risks that come with weight gain/obesity. We need to confront the realities of what it means to be fat to effectively battle the bulge, as they say. Read on.

When Bullying is Dismissed as “Joking” Everybody Loses

The NFL is embroiled in another scandal that seriously puts to question the values being promoted, particularly regarding constructions of masculinity, within this institution. Is structural violence being condoned and promoted within this wildly popular and influential league?

Being a Role Model Isn’t Always a Choice

Why are celebrities denying their elevated status in the culture?

Twerk Heard ‘Round the World: Miley Cyrus VMA Goes Too Far

Girl power or classic objectification of the female body? What does 20-year old Miley Cyrus' VMA performance say about the status of women in our culture today?

Zimmerman Trial: Why Race Matters in America

What role did race play in the Trayvon Martin shooting and subsequent not guilty verdict?

Is Kangan Water the Cure for What Ails You?

How safe is the water you regularly consume? Is there a toxin free alternative to the regular bottled or tap waters we consume? Is Kangan water all hype, or is there substance behind the claims being made regarding this product?

The Irresistible Lure of the Celebrity Meltdown

What accounts for the public fascination when celebrities start to unravel in public?