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Time Management 101

Helping College Students Manage Their Time More Effectively

5 Reasons This Isn't Your Grandfather's Psychoanalysis

Times change. And so has psychoanalysis.

6 Insider Tips for New Ph.D. Students

Insider tips for success in the Ph.D. “business.”

Can We Trust Psychological Studies?

Making sense of the replication crisis in psychology

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Replication Crisis?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 The Big Questions
Psychology studies are finding difficult to replicate. Is it time to panic, or due we just need greater appreciation for the complexity of human psychology?

Time Management 101

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Head of the Class
College students, especially those in their first year, often struggle with time management. How can they learn to use their time wisely while still reserving some for recreation and socializing? Documenting where and how they spend (and often lose) their time is a good first step.

Best Ethics Ever?

I’m puttin’ out the call. No money needed (I make a lot of money as a college professor….). Just stories. Reply to this blog with stories of professors (or others) who went above and beyond in a way that exemplified competence, respect, justice, prudence, integrity, beneficence, or some other ethical principle or virtue.

The Coming Boom in Mental Health

How much will we need mental health services? A lot more than we do now.

Which Area of Psychology Are You Best Suited For?

Here are descriptions of some of the specialty areas within Psychology, along with some questions to help you decide which career might suit you best.

How to Help Women With Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

These strategies are essential to treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders such as PPD effectively. They work so well, I'm no longer surprised when a recovering woman prepares to leave treatment and shares that one of them made the biggest difference on her road to wellness.

Therapy Classics

This piece acknowledges some of the leading therapy innovators of the last century and their influential books that, sadly, are now gathering dust.

How Can You Make the Best Grad School Choices?

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on September 08, 2015 The Web of Violence
How can you find a graduate program that best suits your interests? The Data Doctor responds to a question on applying for graduate school.

A Quick Guide to the Replication Crisis In Psychology

Studying psychology? A lot of what you're taught probably isn't true.

5 Reasons This Isn't Your Grandfather's Psychoanalysis

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on September 03, 2015 Meaningful You
The image that many people have of psychoanalysis is from the 1950's or even earlier. Times change. And so has psychoanalysis.

6 Insider Tips for New Ph.D. Students

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 Caveman Politics
Welcome to the Ph.D. “business”! It’s peculiar and you’re probably entering it at a huge information disadvantage. Profit from these insider tips.

What Extracurriculars Will Help Me Get into Grad School?

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 The Web of Violence
What are the best ways to spend your time outside of class to beef up your grad school applications? The Data Doctor responds.

Ten Academic Commandments for College Students

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 Head of the Class
What are some straightforward strategies for academic success that any student can try? Here is a list of ten basic ones that are a great place to start, whether you are a new or a veteran student.

How Counselors and Coaches Can Stand Out From the Crowd

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 How To Do Life
With a counselor and coach under every rock, providers must stand out without being cheesy

Can We Trust Psychological Studies?

Failure to replicate many psychological experiments offers gloomy picture of our field. Yet it is not as bad as it looks and there are ways out of the replication "crisis."

Student Questions: The Good, the Bad, and the Interesting

Lots of professors love it when students ask questions. At best, questions reflect activity and engagement. As a way to encourage students to ask questions, professors might say something like, “There’s no such thing as stupid questions.” I agree. But I would consider some questions to be “bad.”

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.

Advice for Applying to Graduate School in Psychology

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 Curious?
Over 10 concrete suggestions for getting into graduate school in psychology. Perfect for professors to send to students. And for students, this is a resource to help you with the "insider knowledge" I wish I had when I applied.

The Crucial First Week of College Classes: Get a Good Start

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 Head of the Class
Freshmen or first-year college students can adjust to college and university life by developing good habits and routines for going to class and preparing for class. Such advice is obvious and helpful, but often ignored. If you are a freshmen or know one, read this advice. Why not give it try?

The ICD-10 Transition: You’re Probably Doing it Wrong

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 07, 2015 Women Who Stray
On October 1, 2015, healthcare providers in the US go through a major change to billing and diagnosing. This change has huge implications, and frankly, many providers aren't ready. This blog is intended to share some of my lessons learned, in hopes of helping others to minimize impacts on their agencies and patients.

Treating Sad Counselor Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 06, 2015 How To Do Life
It's not easy being a therapist, counselor, or coach. These ideas may help.

Art Therapy: It’s Not Just an Art Project

Are there circumstances where art itself is the proverbial therapist? This is a question that continues to rankle the profession called “art therapist” as well as those who are trying to establish a clearly defined scope of practice for the field.

5 Steps To Choosing Torture: Psychologists Breaking Bad

If you think the leaders in the American Psychological Association would interpret "Do no harm" broadly enough to mean: "Do not torture people," you are wrong.

The Meaning of the APA's Dealing With the Torture Scandal

After years of deception, and opposing strong and clear dissent from within its very ranks, the APA finds itself in a particularly awkward position. What does a professional organization which has lost its moral compass do when the news breaks? What does its reaction to the current controversy tell us about the APA’s organizational character?

5 Positive Lessons from Negative Comments

The media have been going wild this week covering Donald Trump's extreme and negative comments, focusing on how negative the comments were. My advice: Look at the substance of Trump's remarks--see what you can learn from them! Today I'm going to follow my own advice--not with Trump's comments, but with some negative comments I've received.

Deals, Divorce, Direction: Off-Label Uses for Psychoanalysis

The future of psychoanalysis and talk therapy might look like this....

Some Advice for First-Time College Students and Parents

It's normal for first time college students and their parents to be a little jittery about this exciting transition and there are things to think about and to do that can make it a good one.

Psychology Can Explain Why Psychologists Failed Their Ethics

It is the theories, research and findings of psychology itself, which can help us to both understand, and heal the wounds created by the ethical failings of the American Psychological Association's role in torture.

Training Reinvented

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 05, 2015 How To Do Life
A radically different approach to training mental health professionals.