24 Feb 2017

Adventures in Integrated Care Collection Booklet

Adventures in Integrated Care Collection Booklet

Improving the health of people requires that they have access to effective and efficient psychological services for the prevention and treatment of a wide range of emotional and behavioral conditions. Psychologists are actively involved in clinical treatment, health system design, and the implementation of innovative approaches to health care.

To illustrate this important connection and promote the valuable role psychology plays in health care, the Monitor on Psychology published Adventures in Integrated Care, a yearlong series of articles that showcase psychology practitioners who work on a variety of medical teams, reporting on what these practitioners do and how they got the education and training to do it.

We have placed all these articles into a collection booklet for you to read in one convenient place. Please enjoy.

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06 Feb 2017

APA’s Response to Presidential Executive Orders and Statements

APA’s Response to Presidential Executive Orders and Statements

APA is a nonpartisan, scientific and educational organization with a mission to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare. When appropriate, APA takes positions on policy issues that are relevant to this mission.

Before adopting any positions or publishing any statements, APA staff, in consultation with association officers, carefully screen the issue to ensure that APA’s engagement is consistent with our mission and association policies, that psychology has something meaningful to contribute to the discussion, and that there is benefit to the organization in getting involved, among other factors considered.

APA has issued public responses to four of the President’s executive orders and public statements. Here are the official executive orders from the White House and a news story regarding a statement by the president, along with APA's responses:

Foreign Entry

Hiring Freeze

'Enhanced' Interrogation

Dakota Access Pipeline

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30 Jan 2017

How Did You Get That Job? A Q&A with Health Policy Consultant Dr. Le Ondra Clark Harvey

Want to use your psychological background and training to inform and guide lawmaking? If so, you should consider a job in policy consulting.

APA member Dr. Le Ondra Clark Harvey, PhD, leveraged her skills into a chief consultant job for the California State Legislature. Find out how you too can use your own psychological expertise to land a similar job.


Dr. Le Ondra Clark Harvey is the Chief Policy Consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Business and Professions. She and her staff analyze legislation that impacts hundreds of thousands of licensed professionals throughout California and makes policy recommendations to legislators. Prior to her promotion to Chief Consultant, she worked as a principal consultant to the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development and as a health policy consultant to the office of Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. 



Dr. Garth A. Fowler 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.

This webinar series is based on, and borrows its name, How Did You Get That Job?, from the popular column in APA’s monthly member-magazine, The Monitor on Psychology.  You can read Dr. Clark Harvey's interview from the January 2017 issue here. The magazine is a benefit of membership with APA.

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30 Jan 2017

Game: Blockman Maze

Blockman needs your help to escape the maze where he is trapped. Guide him through the maze, picking up hammers, keys, and maps along the way to make it possible for you to get out of the maze. Blockman only has 70 seconds to get out of the maze, but you can pick up clocks to add to your escape time along the way.


- Press the enter key to begin your journey through the maze.
- Use arrow keys to direct Blockman.
- Walking over clocks will add to your escape time.
- Walking over a map book will show you the entire maze from above; press enter key to return to main screen.
- Walking over a hammer allows you to use it to break walls; press enter key to use each hammer once.
- Walking over a key allows you to open locked red doors; if you have a key and touch a locked door, it will open.
- Find the maze’s locked escape door in less than 70 seconds and you win!

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25 Jan 2017

Growing and Sustaining a Private Practice: Opportunities Are Where You Find Them and Where You Make Them

There are forces that impinge on the ability to develop a successful independent practice. These include lack of training in the business of practice, cognitive distortions on the part of clinicians regarding how a practice “has to be” and a lack of recognition of possible practice opportunities that utilize the doctoral-level clinician’s entire skill set. This presentation focuses on the process of creativity, and how entrepreneurial thinking can shape a thriving private practice. Numerous examples are presented on how mental health professionals may consider expanding their current practice patterns beyond providing traditional psychotherapy services in their offices.

Learning Objective 1
Discuss three concepts from entrepreneurship that relate to the expansion of a clinical practice.

Learning Objective 2
List three potential practice areas based on data-based research.

Learning Objective 3
Identify one Standard from the APA Ethics Code that relates to the developing new practice areas.

Presenter: Steven Walfish, PhD (deceased)

Dr. Walfish was a private practice psychologist in Atlanta and a partner at The Practice Institute and Clinical Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. He was the editor of Earning a Living Outside of Managed Care: Fifty Ways to Expand Your Practice, co-editor of Translating Psychological Research into Practice, co-author of Financial Success in Mental Health Practice: Practical Strategies and Ethical Practice and Billing and Collecting for Your Mental Health Practice: Effective Strategies and Ethical Practice and co-author of The Ethics of Private Practice: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Clinicians. In 2012, he served as President of APA Division 42. In 2016, he was awarded a Presidential Citation for his excellence in synthesizing practice and scholarship in all of his professional endeavors and his dedication mentoring countless others in relation to his forward looking view of what psychology is and psychologists can become. Learn more

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25 Jan 2017

The New Age of Aging: Contemporary Advances in Geroscience

Revolutionary advances in aging research have underscored the imminent promise of substantial increases in the human healthspan, the period of time that we remain healthy.  This webinar brings leading researchers into a discussion of the findings and implications associated with substantial increases in the length of healthy human life.  Through concerted interdisciplinary effort, international research is advancing the frontiers of science in efforts to treat aging as a disease, delaying or preventing the onset of a wide range of debilitating diseases.

Learning Objective 1
Identify three technological, pharmaceutical or other advances associated with substantial increases in the Healthspan

Learning Objective 2
Articulate the implications associated with longer healthy human lifespan

Learning Objective 3
Discuss the implications associated with treating aging as a disease

Presenters: Nir Barzilai, M.D. and Steven N. Austad, Ph.D

Dr. Mir Barzilai is the Director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging Research and of the National Institutes of Health’s Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging.  He also serves on numerous editorial boards and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Beeson Fellow for Aging Research, the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging Award, the Paul F. Glenn Foundation Award, the NIA Nathan Shock Award, and the Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction in Aging Research.

Dr. Steven Austad is a distinguished professor and department chair in the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  From 1986 to 1993 Dr. Austad served as assistant and then associate professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolution Biology at Harvard University, before going to the University of Idaho and becoming full professor. His teaching and research interests include the Biology of Aging, Evolution, Ecology of Infectious Diseases, and Scientific Communication. He is the author of more than 150 scientific articles. His book, “Why we Age: What Science is Discovering about the Body’s Journey Through Life,” has been translated into 8 languages.

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28 Dec 2016

Congressional Briefing Explores Issue of Police–Community Relations

Aggressive policing tactics are associated with racial trauma and poor mental health outcomes, and communities and police need to work together to coproduce public safety. Those were two of the main takeaways of a November 15, 2016 APA congressional briefing, Improving Police–Community Relations: Psychological Perspectives, where the audience heard from two expert psychologists and a member of Congress.  

The year 2016 was marred by tragic violence between law enforcement and communities of color. In just one week during the month prior to the APA Convention in Denver, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling lost their lives in police shootings, and an assassin gunned down five Dallas law enforcement officers. It was hardly surprising, then, that the APA Convention included a Black Lives Matter protest and a listening session with prominent police psychologists.

This diversity within the field of psychology situates it perfectly to serve the cause of improving police–community relations. Psychologists work with parties on all sides of these issues, and the lenses of psychological science and practice can help unravel the mutual mistrust and skepticism that have led to the tragic and too-frequent officer-involved shootings and attacks on law enforcement. Psychology’s contributions in the areas of implicit bias, police–community relations, and law enforcement training are critical to implementing legislative and programmatic solutions.

From this framework, APA engaged federal policymakers on the issue and held a briefing for congressional staff on November 15, 2016 (YouTube recording). Three House sponsors of the event, Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Robin Kelly (D-IL) serve on the bipartisan Working Group on Policing Strategies, and the fourth House sponsor, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) has worked extensively on issues related to deaths in custody and other civil and human rights issues.

Executive Director for APA’s Public Interest Directorate, Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, opened the briefing by calling attention to the need for understanding on all sides. “APA is committed to policies that ensure all Americans are treated fairly under the law,” she said, “and psychological research can provide direction for law enforcement efforts to reduce crime and increase community trust.”

Despite the far-reaching implications of research in the realm of police psychology on federal policy, Congress too infrequently uses scientific literature to inform criminal justice legislation. In his opening remarks, Rep. Scott praised psychology and APA for holding a briefing to highlight an academic approach to these issues. “I want to thank you for having this discussion. We look forward to your findings, but most of all, I want to thank you for having a research, evidence-based approach to a criminal justice issue,” said Scott.

From left: Earl Turner, PhD, Ellen Scrivner, PhD, and Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, with Congressman Bobby Scott.

Providing that perspective were psychologists Ellen Scrivner, PhD, and Earl Turner, PhD.

Turner, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown, discussed the psychological implications of policies that may disproportionately target people of color, such stop-and-frisk. “One of the possible results of aggressive policies such as stop-and-frisk is what scholars and psychologists refer to as racial trauma or race-based stress,” Dr. Turner explained. “Racial trauma may result from racial harassment, witnessing racial violence, or experiencing institutional racism. The trauma may result in experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, feelings of humiliation, poor concentration, and irritability.” In the process of analyzing police–community relations, Turner explained, public policy is a key component of implementing fair practices and avoiding abusive ones

Scrivner, a psychologist consultant who specializes in public safety innovations and transformative police reform, spoke from her experience as a senior administrator in the Chicago Police Department and Director of the Justice Department’s Offices of Community Oriented Policing (COPS Office). From that perspective, she described the historical context of police violence and stressed the importance of allowing communities affected by police misconduct to express their frustration and coproduce public safety with law enforcement.

“We need to find ways that will create a national dialogue on race and policing that will include all who are involved in collaborative community–police partnerships--so that this dialogue will be much more than talk,” stated Scrivner. “It is within that context that the groundwork will be laid for establishing new strategies that are based on learning from our past - and now recent history - and that will strengthen efforts to ensure that constitutional policing prevails.”

Addressing psychology’s unique role in redressing conflicts between law enforcement and the community, she said, “It is here that professional psychology can be very helpful. In fact, APA leadership met with representatives of police and public safety psychology at the most recent APA convention in Denver to discuss just what it is that psychology can do. That’s a very positive step.”

APA and partners will continue their work on police–community relations into 2017 and beyond. This includes working with Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division (CRD) and COPS Office, to ensure gains made through consent decrees and other mechanisms are sustained. Additionally, APA will urge Congress to use its critical oversight role, should it appear that recent reforms are faltering.

-- By Micah Haskell-Hoehl and Sarah Gioia of the APA Public Interest Directorate

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12 Dec 2016

Game: Copy That!

Challenge your sense of hearing and sense of sight, as you'll need to memorize the pattern of lights and sounds that will be presented to you. You have at most 20 seconds to replicate the whole sequence. Try your best not to be mistaken when you start repeating the whole arrangement, so that you won't be given another pattern to memorize all over again. As the game level progresses, the whole thing gets longer and more complicated.


- Click on play with your cursor in order to begin your game.
- Memorize the pattern of sound and lights that is played.
- Using your cursor, click on buttons to repeat the pattern in twenty seconds or less.
- If you miss a pattern, a new one will be given to you.
- The patterns get longer as the levels get more advanced.
- Three strikes and you're out!

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07 Dec 2016

When Funding Dries Up

In an era of tightening budgets, grad students are increasingly at risk for losing university support.

Nicole Strange can almost see the finish line. Her dissertation committee just approved her proposal, and she's applying for internships. She's just a year or two from completing her doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky. But for the first time in her academic career, she's thinking about dropping out. Why? She has exhausted all sources of funding.

She managed to find a practicum position that pays $15,000 a year, but it doesn't offer tuition or insurance benefits. She applied for three dissertation grants and two tuition fellowships. One of the grants came through, but paid only $360. Strange already spends 50 to 60 hours a week on her practicum, classes, dissertation and internship applications, so another part-time job is out of the question. So is taking on more debt. Her credit cards are maxed out, her student loans total $148,000 and she has run out of options to borrow more.

"I didn't think money would derail my education," she says. "I don't know what to do."

Strange isn't alone. As schools across the country grapple with dwindling budgets, many grad students are losing their teaching assistantships and watching as other funding sources dry up. Given these harsh realities, even students who feel relatively secure in their funding may want to consider searching for outside support and trumpeting the value they bring to their departments, says Nabil Hassan El-Ghoroury, PhD, APAGS associate executive director.

"The recession definitely hit graduate students," El-Ghoroury adds. "But students can be proactive; there are preventive things to do."

The big picture

Today's financial woes are bad enough. But beginning in July, graduate students will no longer be eligible for subsidized Stafford loans, in which the government pays interest while the student is enrolled full time. This is a serious change — $10,000 borrowed in year one of graduate school, at 6.8 percent interest, could grow to nearly $14,000 after five years of graduate school.

Plus, several other federal funding sources for grad students will be slashed. For instance, the McNair Scholars program, which helps minority students to pursue doctoral degrees, lost $10 million of its $46.2 million budget last summer, and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program, which funds doctoral studies in psychology and other disciplines, was canceled.

But the news isn't all bad. Graduate students and other APA members worked with the APA Education Directorate to keep the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) program, the only source of federal funding exclusively for psychology training, safe from the federal budget ax. APAGS officers and others attending the 2012 Education Leadership Conference conducted hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill to ask for lawmakers' support. Thanks in part to their efforts, Congress maintained level funding for the GPE program at about $3 million.

In addition to the Education Leadership Conference, students also can learn more about advocacy at APA's State Leadership Conference, by getting involved with state psychological associations and by attending APAGS programming at the APA Annual Convention, says APAGS Chair-elect Jennifer Doran.

Doran, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the New School for Social Research, encourages graduate students to write, call or even visit their elected representatives to discuss funding issues. "They really do listen," Doran says. "Students have a really powerful voice."

Coping with cuts

When funding evaporates, students should consider non-traditional avenues, says El-Ghoroury. Options could include searching for jobs outside of your department and using social media. "Letting people know 'I lost my funding and I need a part-time job' is a real way to access resources you might otherwise not have thought of," he says.

You may not want to connect with supervisors on Facebook or other personal social networking sites, but be sure to connect on LinkedIn, El-Ghoroury says. "Because it's business-related, it's really appropriate," he says. "Sometimes funding opportunities come up that may not be publicized," so having that connection with a supervisor could give you an inside track.

It also helps to find your own funding sources, says El-Ghoroury. "Apply for national grants and training grants, and be on the lookout for adjunct positions with supplemental funding," he says. You might also want to search APA's website for grants, scholarships and other awards.

Third-year doctoral student Julia Kearney* knows that graduate funding is never guaranteed, but she didn't expect to find that out the hard way. When she lost her counseling psychology teaching assistantship earlier this year, school officials told her it was because dwindling enrollment had cut revenue. Now Kearney is weighing her options to make up the $12,000 in lost funding. She's thinking about cashing in retirement funds she saved before starting her doctoral degree. "I'll try to go as long as possible before I do that," she notes.

In the meantime, she has applied for adjunct teaching jobs at community colleges. But few are closer than an hour's drive away. "Then it would become a push, with how low adjunct pay rates are and the high price of gas," she says.

Sometimes, students can avoid getting hit by budget cuts by promoting themselves within their department, says Doran. "Advocate for why you're a good student and a good researcher," she says. "If one student gets funding in your program, you need to be able to make a case for yourself to be that student." Don't be hesitant to tell your advisor or mentor about financial difficulties. "They don't always realize your situation," Doran adds.

Finally, be aware of the funding climate at your school. If you're at a state university with severe budget problems, it's probably time to start lining up new funding sources. That's especially important for advanced grad students, because assistantships tend to go to students who are just beginning their graduate training.

"If you're a more advanced student, get those grants or get an adjunct position at a local college," he says. "At least have something in your back pocket."

*Name changed to protect privacy.

By Rebecca Voelker

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