17 Jan 2018

Transforming APA: New Structures for a New Era

This video is a recording of a webinar presentation given to Council Members by APA Past President Tony Puente, APA CEO Arthur Evans, APA General Council Deanne Ottaviano and APA Executive Director of Membership Ian King.

The recording, which is about an hour in length, offers an overview of the initiative to realign APA that will come before Council in March of 2018.

After you have reviewed the webinar, please feel to post a comment below, or visit the Public Comment Page to provide APA with your feedback.

12 Jan 2018

Technology is Revolutionizing Practice

Technology is Revolutionizing Practice

Apps and virtual help agents are forever changing the way psychological services are delivered

Once mainly the domain of rural practitioners, telepsychology is expanding significantly, thanks to technological innovations, research that shows its effectiveness and policy changes that are enabling psychologists to practice across state lines.

"Telehealth just makes life so much easier," says psychologist Mary Alvord, PhD, who uses HIPAA-secure video conferencing technology to see clients, conduct staff meetings and trainings, and supervise trainees as part of her practice in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. "It helps us overcome so much in terms of treatment barriers," which include stigma, access to specialists and commute times in urban areas, where "it can take 45 minutes to go just a few miles for an appointment," she says.

Now, new forms of telehealth are taking therapy beyond video conferencing. Among the latest creations is Woebot, the world's first chatbot designed to help improve mental health. Created by a team of former Stanford University psychologists and artificial intelligence experts, Woebot uses Facebook Messenger to deliver a form of cognitive behavioral therapy, asking users how they're feeling and what is going on in their lives through brief daily conversations. The bot also sends videos and mental health advice, depending on a user's mood and needs at the time.

Research shows it works. A peer-reviewed randomized controlled trial with a group of college students found that Woebot decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety after just two weeks (JMIR Mental Health, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2017).

While Woebot is certainly not intended to replace traditional psychological care, the hope is that this technology may provide a more accessible option, particularly for those with less severe mental health issues, says psychologist Alison Darcy, PhD, CEO and founder of Woebot Labs Inc. "Barriers, like cost of treatment and social stigmas, have prevented people from getting the help that they need," Darcy says. "Woebot represents a new era in digital health."

In a similar vein, psychologists are exploring the use of "Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions," or JITAIs, delivered via smartphone. JITAIs seek to give people the support they need at the time they need it, such as smokers who are more likely to crave a cigarette when they are stressed or see someone else smoking.

"When it comes to unhealthy behaviors, you're more at risk of engaging in them at certain times," says psychologist Bonnie Spring, PhD, who directs the Center for Behavior and Health in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University. "But in the classic model, where you see your therapist once a week, the therapist isn't there in the moment when you need help to overcome the temptation."

Spring and her team are equipping smokers with sensors that pick up users' heart rates and respiration patterns, and determine when they are stressed and when they are smoking. The team studies participants for several days while they are still smoking, then coaches them to quit by helping them cope with the stress of nicotine withdrawal. When a participant's sensor detects that they are stressed, for example, a relaxation app automatically opens on their smartphones. The idea is to prompt them to calm down by doing a relaxation exercise rather than reaching for a cigarette.

The goal of these technologies is to intervene in rapidly changing conditions that occur outside standard treatment settings while minimizing disruptions to a person's daily life and routines. "It's important to keep in mind that we can't just provide reminders every time a person experiences stress because people can get habituated to repeated reminders, or get irritated or feel overwhelmed if reminders are provided too frequently or at inconvenient times," says Inbal (Billie) Nahum-Shani, PhD, a University of Michigan behavioral sciences professor who is also studying JITAIs. That's why JITAIs are designed to offer an intervention only when the person is receptive. "To effectively provide just-in-time interventions, we need to be able to assess not only when the person requires support, but also when the person can actually benefit from it."

Meanwhile, research continues to document the promise of technology in psychology practice. A review of more than 100 controlled trials published last year concluded that therapist-guided internet treatments are effective for a wide range of psychological conditions (Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 12, 2016). Evidence is particularly strong around the effectiveness of treating anxiety, stress and depression online (Journal of Technology in Human Services, Vol. 26, Issue 2–4, 2008). And new services such as BetterHelp, Therapy. Live, LARKR, 7 Cups and others tout on-demand talk, text or video therapy to provide consumers with greater flexibility (see "A Growing Wave of Online Therapy," February 2017 Monitor).

And in more good news for telepsychology practice, 31 states plus Washington, D.C., now have parity laws requiring insurers to cover telehealth services if they cover in-person care (although Medicare still reimburses for telehealth only outside metropolitan areas or in "health professional shortage areas").

Progress is also continuing on enacting the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), which allows licensed psychologists to offer telepsychology services in participating states without having to get licensed in those additional states, says Alex Siegel, JD, PhD, director of professional affairs at the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, the organization that developed PSYPACT.

Three states have enacted PSYPACT legislation and several more have introduced legislation to adopt it, but PSYPACT will only become operational once it is enacted in seven states.

Siegel says he expects that will happen in 2018. "It's no longer a question as to if PSYPACT will happen—just when."

Psychologists who engage in telepsychology must consider legal requirements, ethical standards, telecommunication technologies, intra- and interagency policies, as well as several other external constraints. To help psychologists interested in this realm of practice, in 2016 APA released its Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology. Read them at www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/telepsychology.aspx.

By Amy Novotney

This article was originally published in the November 2017 Monitor on Psychology

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08 Jan 2018

Practicing Telehealth: The Ethical and Legal Ways to Treat your Patients From Afar

How can psychologists navigate the telehealth arena in a world where consumer options for electronic type health services are increasing? What factors must psychologists consider when providing telepsychological services to patients and supervisees?

Legal and psychology experts discuss the ins and outs of telepsychology. Presenters review:

· Legal and ethical aspects of providing telehealth services
· Obstacles and solutions of interjurisdictional telepsychology practice
· APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology
· ASPPB's Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) Initiative


Alex Siegel, JD, PhD
Director of Professional Affairs
Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)

Deborah C. Baker, JD
Director, Legal & Regulatory Policy American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO)

This webinar was produced by the Practice Organization, advocating for psychologists on reimbursement issues. The Practice Organization is a legally separate companion organization to APA.

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27 Dec 2017

Academic Career Education Series (ACES)

Academic Career Education Series (ACES)

FREE live webcast with CE credit for APA Members!

If you’re a graduate student, an intern, a postdoctoral student or an early career academic, be sure to join us for ACES on Friday, January 26. This new live webcast series will provide you with practical tips and skills from experts in the field to support your career development and advancement.

Each webcast offers 1.5 CE credits, but space is limited.

Interviewing for Faculty Jobs: The 'Campus Visit'

Learn dos and don’ts for your next job talk and how best to maximize your success at your campus visit.

Date and Time: Friday, January 26 | 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., ET

Host: Greg J. Neimeyer, PhD, APA

How to Increase Your Writing Productivity

Learn how to become a more effective writer of peer-reviewed research, improve the rate and efficiency of your output and increase your impact on the field.

Date and Time: Friday, January 26 | 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., ET

Host: Andres De Los Reyes, PhD
University of Maryland at College Park

Lessons Learned in Academic Psychology: Tales of an Early Career Academic

Learn about common challenges faced by early career academics—and how to address them now.

Date and Time: Friday, January 26 | 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m., ET

Host: Jennifer M. Taylor, PhD
University of Utah

14 Dec 2017

Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD

Are you familiar with APA’s Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adults? Released earlier this year, the PTSD guideline recommends evidence-based treatments for PTSD and is supported by a comprehensive website of resources. Learn more about the guideline and consider how to apply it to their clinical work.

APA staff psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD reviews various website features including:

• Information for clinicians on recommended interventions,
• PTSD assessment instruments used in the studies that informed the clinical practice guideline,
• Case examples of treatment interventions, and
• Resources for patients and families to help them understand PTSD, its causes, and its effects and treatment options.

*This webinar does NOT offer CE credit.

Speaker bio:
Lynn Bufka, PhD, is Associate Executive Director, Practice Research and Policy, at the American Psychological Association. Dr. Bufka oversees programs and projects related to expanding opportunities for professional psychology including integration of psychology in the health care delivery system, diagnostic and functional classification, clinical practice guideline development and outcomes measurement. She frequently serves as a media spokesperson for APA on these topics and other policy matters relevant to professional practice. Additionally, Dr. Bufka is a Maryland licensed psychologist and continues to provide treatment and clinical consultation on a limited basis.

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20 Nov 2017

Executive Function Across the Life Span

This presentation discusses the theory, assessment, and research relevance of tools that can be used for a comprehensive assessment of executive function (EF). It also examines assessing EF using measures of observable behaviors, cognitive processing, and academic performance. Research evidence is presented from a number of assessment tools and resources including:

• The Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory (Naglieri & Goldstein, 2013)
• The Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory—Adult (Naglieri & Goldstein, 2017)
• The PASS neurocognitive theory (Cognitive Assessment System, 2nd ed.; Naglieri, Das, & Goldstein, 2014)
• Social-emotional skills (Devereux Student Strength Assessment; LeBuffe, Shapiro, & Naglieri, 2010)
• Academic skills (Feifer Assessment of Reading and Math; Feifer, 2015, 2017)

Intervention methods are discussed throughout the presentation. Viewers will gain a broad view of EF that can be used to guide assessment and instruction to improve academic and life skills.

jack naglieriSpeaker: Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., is Research Professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, Senior Research Scientist at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. He is a Fellow of APA Divisions 15 and 16 and recipient of several awards for his contribution to the field of psychology. Dr. Naglieri is the author or co-author of more than 300 scholarly papers, books, and tests. His scholarly research includes investigations related to topics such as intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, giftedness, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

This webinar is sponsored by MHS Inc., a leading publisher of psychological assessments for over 30 years.

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20 Nov 2017

How Did You Get That Job? A Q&A with Professor Kimberly Kinzig

The knowledge, skills and experience gained through your psychology training can successfully transfer to a variety of jobs. Dr. Kimberly Kinzig, PhD, uses her training as an instructor and researcher at Purdue University. Learn how you can apply your psychology education to a similar career path.

Kimberly KinzigSpeaker: Dr. Kimberly Kinzig, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in behavioral neuroscience. Her research is aimed at understanding the roles of various neuroendocrine signaling pathways in the control of food intake and regulation of body weight, and how these signals and systems go awry in eating disorders and obesity. She has a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati, and did her postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Psychiatry and behavioral Sciences.

Garth Fowler, PhDHost: Garth A. Fowler, PhD, is an Associate Executive Director for Education, and the Director of the Office for Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training at APA. He leads the Directorate’s efforts to develop resources, guidelines, and policies that promote and enhance disciplinary education and training in psychology at the graduate and postdoctoral level.

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13 Nov 2017

MonitorLIVE: Exploring New Practice & Income Opportunities for Psychologists

Today, nearly 50% of licensed psychologists are in private practice. But as the roles of psychologists evolve, many practitioners are now asking, “How can I enhance my career, make it more rewarding, and earn a good living?”

APA and APAPO challenged practicing psychologists to think more broadly and explore innovative ways to use their skill set and training. On December 5, at APA’s headquarters in Washington, DC, members gathered for the latest monitorLIVE event to discover unique ways to grow their practice and supplement their income.

During the moderated discussion, eight panelists went over:

  • a diverse range of paths both in and outside of practice, including integrated health care, forensic consulting, parent coordination, niche population work, public office & lobbying, content, partnerships & media, adjunct teaching, and industry consulting
  • shared their favorite resources and tools to enhance a career
  • offered tips on how to get involved in a local community and professional associations
  • explored additional income opportunities
    and more!

monitorLIVE events connect psychology professionals and thought leaders to learn about and discuss issues that impact and elevate the discipline.

*Note: Audio has some distortion.

Topics & Speakers

Parenting Coordination

Giselle A. Hass, Psy.D., ABAP
Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Giselle Hass is a Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, and Board Diplomate in Assessment Psychology, who, for the past 25 years, has worked as a forensic expert in family law for local and national courts, specifically in custody and divorce, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, cross and multi-cultural mental health, attachment, and psychological assessment. She was an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Programs of Argosy University, Washington DC Campus from 1995 to 2010. Dr. Hass is a co-founder of the American Psychological Association Parenting Coordination Program in the DC Superior Court. This program was created to serve the needs of low-income, high conflict families involved in child custody disputes in the District of Columbia. Dr. Hass was the Clinical Director of this program from 2004 to 2009, and is currently a member of the Board of Advisors. She was a member of the APA Task Force to develop the APA Guidelines on Parenting Coordination.

Dr. Hass’ Top Parenting Coordination Resources

Adjunct Teaching

Eddy Ameen, Ph.D.
Director, APA Office on Early Career Psychologists

Dr. Eddy Ameen serves as the inaugural director of the Office on Early Career Psychologists at APA. He has been with APA since 2011, previously the Assistant Director of APAGS. He graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Boston College with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, and University of Miami with a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Outside of his work at APA, he is the board chair of StandUp For Kids, a national homeless youth organization which provides street outreach and other youth services in 17 cities across the US. He also leads a local LGBTQ youth advocacy coalition which has successfully advocated to ban conversion therapy, improve K-12 health education standards, require suicide prevention training of school personnel, and require LGBT cultural competency training of all healthcare providers, all within the District. Additionally, he is an third-year adjunct professor teaching family systems to clinical doctoral students, and he conducts asylum evaluations with Physicians for Human Rights.

Dr. Ameen’s Top Adjunct Teaching Resources

Integrated Health Care

Jessica Winkles, Ph.D.
Pediatric Psychologist

Dr. Winkles is the Pediatric Psychologist at Kenneth M. Klebanow, M.D. & Associates, P.A., a private pediatric primary care practice serving approximately 15,000 patients in Maryland. Dr. Winkles is dedicated to improving behavioral health care accessibility and promoting evidence-based interventions.  She established the practice’s fully integrated Behavioral Health Consultation Service, which delivers screening and brief psychosocial interventions to patients and their families. Her past work includes directing a SAMHSA-funded clinical research program focused on intergenerational stress and trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also supervised clinical psychology doctoral students in child assessment at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Winkles earned her doctorate in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology from the University of Denver and completed her predoctoral internship in clinical child and pediatric psychology from Children’s National Health System. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Winkles’ Top Integrated Health Care Resources

Content, Partnerships & Media

Mary K. Alvord, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Mary Karapetian Alvord, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Director of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC, a private practice in Maryland. With more than 35 years of clinical experience, she specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD and problems of self-regulation through individual and group therapy. Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine, she trains Psychiatry Fellows in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Dr. Alvord's focus has been on promoting resilience and stress management using strength-based approaches. Co-author of Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents, and two audio CD's: Relaxation and Self-Regulation Techniques for Children and Teens, and Relaxation and Wellness Techniques (adults), she has contributed to the American Psychological Association's (APA) public education guides. Past President of APA Division 46, Society for Media Psychology and Technology, she currently serves as APA's Public Education Coordinator for the Maryland Psychological Association. She frequently appears in the national media. In 2009, Dr. Alvord was honored with the APA's Presidential Innovative Practice Citation. Most recently, she co-authored Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back and authored an essay in NPR Health Shots.

Dr. Alvord’s Top Content & Media Resources

Organizational Consulting

David W. Ballard, Psy.D., MBA
Assistant Executive Director for Organizational Excellence at APA

Dr. David Ballard serves as Assistant Executive Director for Organizational Excellence at the American Psychological Association (APA). In that capacity, he is responsible for leadership, direction, evaluation, and management of all activities related to APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence, which includes the association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. Dr. Ballard has provided research, consultation, and training to government agencies, corporations, employer and industry groups, medical schools, and universities in the areas of workplace health and productivity, public health, prevention, and health care finance. He is currently on the Board of Directors of The Health Project / C. Everett Koop National Health Awards and co-chairs the Work, Stress and Health Conference, an international conference co-sponsored by APA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Health Enhancement Research Organization and the External Advisory Board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, as well as on workplace advisory bodies for the National Business Group on Health and Partnership for Prevention. Dr. Ballard received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and his MBA in Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University, where he completed concentrations in organizational and forensic psychology.

Dr. Ballard’s Top Organizational Consulting Resources

Government Relations & Advocacy

Craig D. Fisher, PsyD
Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer in the Science Government Relations Office at APA

Dr. Craig Fisher is a Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer in the APA Science Government Relations Office. He advocates for psychological science on Capitol Hill and at the federal science agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.  He is also the Director of APA's Executive Branch Science Fellowship. Before joining APA, Dr. Fisher was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs where he engaged key stakeholders about NSF-funded basic research, particularly in social and behavioral science. Previously, he worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in independent private practice in Northern Virginia and at George Mason University's Counseling and Psychological Services where he specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with anxiety disorders.

Dr. Fishers’s Top Government Relations & Advocacy Resources

Niche Population Practitioner

Michael L. Hendricks, Ph.D., ABPP
Clinical & Forensic Psychologist 

Dr. Michael L. Hendricks is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice at the Washington Psychological Center, P.C., in Washington, D.C., and is a Clinical Professor at the George Washington University. Dr. Hendricks is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Divisions 12 (Clinical), 42 (Independent Practice) and 44 (LGBT Issues), and a member of Divisions 9 (SPSSI) and 41 (American Psychology-Law Society). He is a past president of Section VII (Clinical Emergencies and Crises) of Division 12 and of Division 44. He was a member of the APA Task Force that developed the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People and currently represents Division 44 on the APA Council of Representatives. He has conducted research with gender diverse people and is the lead author on the seminal paper on the minority stress model for transgender individuals. In 2015, he was awarded an APA Presidential Citation for his work on minority stress and suicide risk among gender diverse individuals. A primary focus of his clinical practice involves work with LGB and gender diverse adolescents and adults.

Dr. Hendricks’ Top Niche Population Resources

Forensic Consulting

Pius Ojevwe, Psy.D., ABPP
Forensic Pscyhologist

Dr. Ojevwe is a Board Certified Forensic Psychologist and a Fellow with American Academy of Forensic Psychology. For the past 12 years, he has worked as a forensic psychologist at local forensic hospitals including Clifton T. Perkins Hospital and Saint Elizabeth Hospital where he conducts a variety of forensic assessments such as competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and violent risk assessments. Dr. Ojevwe is an owner of a forensic private practice, COMPASS Mental Health Consultants, LLC, where he provides forensic assessments for juvenile and adults involved in the criminal justice system. He also teaches graduate courses as an associate professor at various local universities including Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Ojevwe’s Top Forensic Consulting Resources

08 Nov 2017

Managing Student Loan Debt

This informative webinar covers strategies for loan repayment, financial fitness, and tools to manage your debt. The following topics are discussed:

• Loan repayment and forgiveness programs for all types of psychologists
• Time and money-saving tips for program eligibility
• Strategies for financial fitness and additional support
• Special demonstration of student loan management tool, IonTuition

This webinar is brought to by APA, the Georgia Psychological Association and IonTuition, a web-based service that helps you manage student loan repayment. IonTuition is a available at no charge to all APA members as part of your membership.

Eddy AmeenHost: Dr. Eddy Ameen serves as the inaugural director of the Office on Early Career Psychologists at APA. He has been with APA since 2011, previously the assistant director of APAGS. He graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Boston College with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, and University of Miami with a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Outside of his work at APA, he is the board chair of StandUp For Kids, a national homeless youth organization which provides street outreach and other youth services in 17 cities across the US. He also leads a local LGBTQ youth advocacy coalition which has successfully advocated to ban conversion therapy, improve K-12 health education standards, require suicide prevention training of school personnel, and require LGBT cultural competency training of all healthcare providers, all within the District. Additionally, he teaches a family systems course to doctoral students, and he conducts asylum evaluations with Physicians for Human Rights.

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07 Nov 2017

Special Report: 10 Trends to Watch in Psychology

Monitor on Psychology, November 2017
Monitor on Psychology, November 2017

More than ever before, there is a growing appreciation for psychologists’ expertise, including the research they do to illuminate human behavior and the treatment and insights they provide to improve health and well-being.

But of course the field’s capabilities go far beyond research and practice—psychology’s ever-multiplying subfields touch on every facet of life. Today’s psychologists are the innovators improving American products and services, from self-driving cars to the health-monitoring apps on our cellphones. They are the trailblazers steering efforts that improve health outcomes and enrich the performance of teams in workplaces nationwide. They are the thought leaders advocating for critical causes, from women’s rights to science-based public policy.

In this special APA Monitor report, “10 Trends to Watch in Psychology,” we explore how several far-reaching developments in psychology are transforming the field and society at large.

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