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So You're Starting Grad School This Fall?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on August 24, 2016 in Psy-curious
Graduate school is not simply the older sibling to undergrad. Embracing some of the differences sooner rather than later can help set you up for success.

Is It Offensive to Declare a Psychological Claim Wrong?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
You might think that scientists just let the data speak. Instead, if what the data say is, "Your pet theory or claim is wrong," many scientists get very defensive and hostile.

Who Are Psychology's Geniuses? Part 2

I offer a few more nominations for psychologists whose contributions deserve to be called ingenious, and some analysis of what makes them stand out. See if you agree.

9 Steps to a Career in Mental Health with a Bachelor's

Want to obtain a career in mental health with only a bachelor's degree? Follow these 9 steps!

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Making the Transition From High School and Home to College

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in Head of the Class
First time college students and their parents both have to deal with big changes—what are some suggestions that can help make the transition a smooth one?

Psychology of Scientific Integrity: Graduate Syllabus

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Scientific fields from biomedicine to psychology are a mess. How bad? No one really knows. Maybe it is not that bad. Maybe it is awful.
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Neurofeedback: A Remarkable Counseling Tool

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Brain Waves
Needs a more regulated brain? Neurofeedback may be the answer.

Am I Ready to Teach?

It’s the night before classes, and all through my brain all I could think of was the emotional strain…

An Honest Letter to Your Therapist or Counselor

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
Thoughts for clients and practitioners

Bridging the Research to Practice Gap

By APA Division 15 on August 15, 2016 in PsychEd
While the fields of education and psychology are active members of the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement, there still exists a research to practice gap that must be addressed.

Study Abroad!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on August 01, 2016 in Head of the Class
Study abroad is a mind-expanding opportunity. Why don't more psychology majors seek international experiences? How can faculty or families help?

Older, No Degree, No Job

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 31, 2016 in How To Do Life
Advice for a 65-year-old, tech-light person with depression and no degree.

Military Psychology Then and Now

Since 1980, psychology has evolved into the key science for determining military success. Psychologists of all types contribute to this effort.

The Anti-Psychologists

By Stanton Peele on July 13, 2016 in Addiction in Society
Psychology has been engaged in a decades-long battle for its soul—is it really a field independent of brain psychology? I sometimes view myself one of psychology's last advocates.

The Scholar

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
A short, short story about change.

Small Changes in Teaching

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on July 05, 2016 in Head of the Class
You don't have to completely change the way you teach a course—small adjustments can pay large dividends for you and your students.

Standing Out in a Crowd by Marketing Yourself

How do you make sure that you stand out from everyone else? The answer often comes down to marketing.

Is There a Replication Crisis in Experimental Psychology?

Recent worries about the failure to replicate the findings of important studies in experimental psychology may well be unfounded.

Is Your Therapist a Narcissist?

By Donna Barstow on June 28, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Here's why doctors think they're all that.

Drug Shills Dispensing Pills

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 23, 2016 in Culture Shrink
As a psychiatrist-in-training and then a young attending in the 2000s, I saw the undue influence drug companies had over our academic field.
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Why Every Psychotherapist Needs to Understand Sociology

Psychology on its own presents too skewed of a perspective to truly understand the entirety of human behavior. It must be counterbalanced by other disciplines, such as sociology.

2 Reasons Growth Rate Numbers Can Mislead Us

Using incorrect measures & ignoring the base size can lead to wrong conclusions.

Have a Productive Summer Writing

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in Head of the Class
Lots of people, particularly academics and students, want to use the lazy, hazy days of summer to be productive writers—but they don't know how to get started. Here are some tips.

Masters vs. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Thinking of a career related to clinical psychology. If you plan to go to graduate school, you will need to decide whether to pursue a Masters or a Doctorate degree.

Donald Trump, the University, and Meanings of Fairness

Celebrities help me teach. Not deliberately, but their actions and words often help me make important points to my students. Now, it’s Donald Trump’s turn.

Dilemmas of Cash-Based Practice

There is a growing movement for primary-care doctors to avoid insurance and only accept cash. Psychiatrists have been there first. What lessons can we pass along?

An Alert for Psychology Majors

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on May 24, 2016 in Head of the Class
Given students concern about admission to grad school or gainful employment, is pursuing a minor a good idea?

9 Ways Volunteering Helps You Get Ahead

Volunteering in the community provides huge payback in terms of reaching your career goals.

Globalizing Positive Psychology

Instead of researching well-being through culturally skewed self-reporting tools, let's focus on how our brain chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphin) work in animals.

How Lucrative Is a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?

Think you are on the road to financial nowhere because you majored in psychology? The most common career paths for those with a bachelor's in psychology may have you think again.

De-Mystifying the GRE: Part 3

Taking the GRE is not as simple as you may think.

Depressed Psychologists

A noble profession with few rewards

A Bright Future for Teaching: Views From the Heartland

Yeah, this is anecdotal evidence. But it’s enough to reinforce my optimism about the future of college teaching.

The Making of Practitioner - Scholars

By Career Crusaders on April 22, 2016 in Degrees of Success
The Career Crusaders talk to Argosy University.