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Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M.
A study explores the effects of parental alienation across generations.
From trauma to transformation, research maps the ways recovery can unfold.
Knowing the signs and stages can help keep kids safe.
Clients have a lot of feelings about our current political landscape. How do therapists manage this hot topic in their work?
Research identifies the ways that the ancient practice of yoga can decrease trauma symptoms and help healing.
Do you feel anxious or avoidant in your relationships? A study identifies how people can become more secure and satisfied.
Increasingly, people are seeking "memorial tattoos" as remembrances of deceased loved ones. Can body art help them better cope with their grief?
What happens when one parent tries to undermine the other parent's relationship with their child? For many, it's an unimaginable loss that they endlessly struggle to undo.
When maltreated children become adults, how do they channel the resources they need to live life to the fullest? Research examines how they can go from surviving to thriving.
What your favorite beverage is, and where you prefer to drink it, may say something about your personality.
Research shows in what ways pet bereavement is the same and different from losing a beloved human—and how it can spur positive growth.
How do children who experienced parental alienation fare as adults? Research shows that the consequences are deep are wide-ranging.
Research finds that effects of parental mental illness extends far beyond the home.
What is it like to be the child of a mentally unwell parent?
How do negative experiences change us?
Family estrangements are painful and isolating. What is most helpful (and unhelpful) for those who face this challenge?
Being ghosted can be devastating. Researchers identifiy what's most helpful and unhelpful in the aftermath.
Researchers find that body art can help survivors cope with trauma.
A recent study reveals what children find most difficult about parental mental illness.
Being estranged from your parents can have both positive and negative effects.
How does growing up with a mentally ill parent affect a person over the course of their life? A new study investigates this widespread but often invisible phenomenon.
What do we need to get through troubled times?
COVID-19 has, for many, caused immeasurable pain—but can we transform the resulting trauma into something positive?
Parsing a larger-than-expected and passionate following.
In an analysis of over 11 million tweets, research shows how liberals and conservatives communicate differently.
For those who dispute the importance of the BLM movement, copious studies demonstrate that Black people face systematic, wide-ranging, and horrific biases.
Is our political divide overwhelming you? Recent research helps explain our current partisan animus, and how we can improve the situation.
A new paper offers a path to radical hope when the fight for justice gets tough.
New research helps explain why conservatives and liberals see the threat of the COVID-19 so differently.
A recent study homes in on the causes of activist burnout, and how to address them.
Vinita Mehta, Ph.D., Ed.M., is a clinical psychologist and journalist. She was formerly the Development Producer and Science Editor of PBS's This Emotional Life.