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Attracting WEIRD Samples

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on October 28, 2017 in Thinking About Kids
Even the titles we use to recruit participants can turn some people off. We need to do better or we'll continue to have WEIRD samples.

Want to Be a Therapist? 5 Signs You’d Be Great at It

Do you have these five personality traits?

How to Start Strong at College

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in Head of the Class
Adjusting to college requires developing helpful routines. These routines aren't rocket science, but many are ignored to the detriment of students, especially first-year students

Trends in the Treatment of Psychiatric Illnesses

The delivery of mental health care is changing in response to increased recognition of mental illness together with a decrease in the number of practicing psychiatrists.

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Why Psychology Is Essential in a Future Dominated by AI

By Cami Rosso on November 16, 2017 in The Future Brain
In a future where artificial intelligence (AI) is ubiquitous, psychology will help people cope with the uncertainty and change.

Training Our Vets to Treat Our Vets

By Robert Dingman Ed.D. on November 09, 2017 in Mind Matters
Veterans are not damaged goods but rather individuals with a capacity to become exceptional healers

College Student Confidential

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Head of the Class
Advice that should be shared with college students everywhere on what to do as the semester or quarter winds down.

Geriatric Psychology and Its Role in Alzheimer’s Treatment

Diseases prevalent in the elderly often affect psychological and physical health. Geriatric psychology helps to address both for an integrative treatment approach.

Real Data in Real News About Fake Science

How do we know that some journals are fake? One way to provide evidence would be to gather empirical data and that's just what several researchers did.

Two Quick Principles for Dealing With Students

Now is the time to bolster motivation by reminding myself of some important virtues.

Psychology Isn't Immune From a Harvey Weinstein Problem

The recent Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal has highlighted how powerful and influential men can egregiously exploit young women in any field, even psychology.

Should You Major in Psychology?

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in Head of the Class
Choosing any college major, including psychology, is a big step. What do you need to know or think about before making your choice?

Is Direct Care Work in Mental Health Right for You?

Direct care work is not necessarily easy, but they payoff is large.

3 Essential Secrets to Writing & Selling a Popular Book

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Feeling It
Everyone has a book in them - but not everyone knows how to get it out. We have misconceptions about what it takes. Here are 3 essential secrets to making it happen.

On a High Wire: Helping Professionals, Trauma and Resilience

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 30, 2017 in Intersections
Her energy and enthusiasm for her work, and life, was palpable, and contagious. In a way, she embodied the essence of the concept I was there to speak on: vicarious resilience.

Real News About Fake Science

The emails started a number of years ago, and have been appearing in my inbox more and more frequently. What's going on? Fake science.

Collaboration in Psychological Science, Part II

When it comes to collaboration, there are now some clear (or at least tentative) guidelines for students, faculty, and institutions of higher learning.

Collaboration in Psychological Science, Part I

Over the past four or five decades, major changes have taken place in the ways that psychologists do research.

A Website For Psychology-Related Careers

Are you trying to figure out what to do with your psychology degree? We have a site for you.

Advice for Grad Students (and Senior Faculty)

By Elliot T Berkman Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in The Motivated Brain
Starting a graduate program? Here is some advice about succeeding that you might not have heard.

Power, Paternalism, and Psychiatry

By on September 02, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Some psychiatrists value the freedom and autonomy of their patients. Others see them merely as objects for control.

Bad Justifications for Bad Behavior

Let's say a professional engages in unethical behavior. Here are six possible excuses (assuming the behavior did happen) that may not work so well: 1. Everybody does it....

Beyond Charlottesville

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Head of the Class
The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, were disturbing. Enclosed are some anti-Hate resources for teachers and interested others to use in their classrooms in the coming weeks.

Making the Most out of Your Summer Internship

Here are ten steps to a successful internship, but they can also be the keys to career success.
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I'm a Police Psychologist: What was I Doing at San Quentin?

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Cop Doc
I work with cops. Spending a day with prisoners was a new experience.

Rely Just on Word of Mouth?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in How To Do Life
The case for self-employed people doing little or no marketing.

The Role of Psychologists in Integrated Primary Care

By Amber A. Hewitt Ph.D. on July 31, 2017 in You, Empowered
Hear from a pediatric health psychologist on what it's like working in a primary care setting

The 2017 APA Summit on High School Education

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Head of the Class
Question: When should students learn about the science of psychology? Answer: High School!

Human or Psychologist?

I have been exploring ways to help students think more critically about what they see and hear in the media, and to recognize flaws in their thinking about their own writing.

Understanding and Conducting Peer Review

A description for consumers of psychological science and a few tips for new reviewers.

My Crooked Path to Becoming a Police Psychologist

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Cop Doc
Looking for a career in psychology? Start with the real world.
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Where Do Gerontologists Fit on Interdisciplinary Teams?

Gains in longevity have introduced clinical complexities that require diverse skills and perspectives. Where do gerontologists sit at the table?

Choosing a College Major

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Head of the Class
Many recent high school graduates are thinking about what they want to study in college. What should they be thinking about when deciding on a college major?

Answering the Call to Service

By Career Crusaders on June 02, 2017 in Degrees of Success
The Career Crusaders talks to Teresa Chapa of California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University