What Extracurriculars Will Help Me Get into Grad School?

What are the best ways to spend your time outside of class to beef up your grad school applications? The Data Doctor responds.

Read Any Good Psychology Books Lately?

The Data Doctor gets asked about reading recommendations from a former student.

Psychologist vs Psychiatrist & More—What's the Difference?

The Data Doctor answers a question about the differences between the alphabet soup of all the psychology degrees--Ph.D., M.D., PsyD, Ed.D., DSW, DPH, etc.

What Differences Do Bystanders Make?

A study in Psychology of Violence found that a witness was present in nearly 2 out of 3 instances of victimization, and that helpful bystanders had long-lasting impacts on the victims.

Where Are The Helpful Bystanders?

A new study in the Journal of Community Psychology finds that social environments—friends, family, and neighbors—all affect how likely a bystander is to step in and help and to stay safe in the process.

Are You a Chronic Journal Ditcher?

Higher emotional clarity and better self-understanding? Sounds great, right? Here are some tips to help you stop ditching that journal and stick to a writing routine.

How to Be a Natural Helper

There are easy ways to make a positive impact on the lives of people who are experiencing adversity, and you don't need a professional license or degree to do so.

Should You Take a Gap Year Before Grad School?

The Data Doctor answers a question about the pros and cons of a "gap" year between undergrad and grad school.

The "2-minute Miracle"?

Even very short amounts of time engaged in expressive writing are healing. Both psychological and physical benefits have been found. Here are a few tips if you want to get the benefits of expressive writing for yourself.

Why Can Domestic Violence Get Passed From Parent to Child?

It can be hard to understand why a child who is exposed to domestic violence might go on to experience violence in later adult relationships.

Could Women Be as Violent as Men?

The Data Doctor answers a question about gender patterns in domestic violence and whether women could really be as violent as men.I also briefly comment on the Hoffman report regarding APA collusion in waterboarding and other torture post 9/11.

Are Gay & Lesbian Couples as Violent as Straight Couples?

As we achieve marriage equality for LGBTQ and heterosexual couples, the Data Doctor answers a question about the dark side of relationships.

Why Are People with Disabilities the Targets of Violence?

Why do offenders target people with disabilities? Are there links between types of disability and type of victimization? The Data Doctor answers a question from the aunt of a former student.

The Data Doctor on Researcher-Practice Communication

A researcher asks the Data Doctor about the best ways to make share her work with practitioners, who live in a rather different universe despite some overlapping training in graduate school. Poor communication between researchers and practitioners is one of the biggest problems in the field today (and, I think, mostly the fault of researchers).

Data Doctor: How to Discuss Charleston Shooting With Clients

A counselor seeks resources and guidance for discussing the Charleston shooting in a support group and the Data Doctor makes a plea to the media to stop reinforcing shooters with publicity for themselves and their disturbed ideas. The Data Doctor column addresses questions about research, practice, and policy related to violence, adversity, and resilience.

10 Gun Safety Practices That Do Not Limit Gun Ownership

As we mourn more senseless deaths, it is good to remember that a vast majority of the U.S. population are in favor of simple, proven safety practices that save lives.

Ask the Data Doctor

Sorting through science have you feeling achy and blue? Let the Data Doctor decipher the data for you. I help researchers, practitioners, students, and policy makers make sense of science on violence, victimization, resilience, and related psychological topics.

Lessons from Appalachia

How stereotypes and lack of knowledge obscure the true image of one of America’s most distinct cultures.

Do You Know Your Own Strength?

What is your goal in life? To be happy? Successful? Resilient? How about “psychologically regulated"? That last one might not be a popular response to the question I posed, but it should be. And I will tell you why.

Is College Still Worth the Money?

Getting an education is still a good path to well-being.

Pride and Prejudice and Compassion

How does gender affect the relationship between compassion and mental health? Revisit a classic love story in this blog as we look at how compassion could drive you crazy.

3 Surprising Facts About Money and Happiness

Money is a major part of everyone's life but learning to deal with financial challenges may actually turn out to be good for us.

The Wisdom of Confucius: 6 Sayings for Modern Times

Confucius was one of the first great thinkers. He identified many eternal values that can still inspire us today.

How Do You Feel About Mondays? 4 Upsides to Work

Popular culture often talks about the downside of work, but workplaces are where many of us find important sources of self-esteem, validation, and support.

How Caring for Community Helps the Caregivers Too

It is a little-known secret that caregivers, volunteers & activists benefit as much, if not more, than the people they are helping.

Making Space for Grieving

Thoughts about how to create some time and space for grieving after the loss of a loved one.

Caring for Traumatized Children

Parents, foster parents, teachers and therapists: You can help children overcome their experiences of violence and other adversity.

Finding Your Own Path to Healing From Child Abuse

Four Suggestions To Help You Acknowledge Past Abuse Without Letting It Define You

Finding Your Own Path to Healing From Child Abuse

Child abuse remains a common problem that is experienced by millions of Americans. Approximately 1 in 10 children report some form of maltreatment by a caregiver, which translates into more than 30 million victims of child abuse in the country.

Guess How Many Domestic Violence Offenders Go to Jail

The surprising truth about calling the police when domestic violence occurs.