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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bridging Research and Practice

APA The disconnect between research and practice has been part of an ongoing national dialogue. In his review of Weisz and Black's book Programs to Reduce Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault: Perspectives on What Works, Clifton R. Emery writes, "This gap between research and practice, in part engendered by the failure of psychology and social work professions to adequately mandate evidence-based practice, will surely result in the retention of less-than-optimal and potentially harmful practices." He further writes that "this situation can be improved … via making evidence-based practice a paradigmatic component of social work education."

Do you agree with Emery's recommendation? What role does practice-based evidence play in this dialogue?

Read the Review
ReviewOn the Ground With Prevention Educators: Reducing Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault
      By Clifton R. Emery
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(48)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Who Will Help Psychology Majors Save the World?

APA APA has issued a major report, Undergraduate Education in Psychology: A Blueprint for the Future of the Discipline, edited by Diane Halpern. This report is intended to have an impact on hundreds of departments and an estimated one million students. That will happen only if the report is read and acted on by those in responsible positions. It has been several months since the report was issued (although the official publication date is 2010), but I have seen little in APA publications indicating that it created much of a stir. PsycCRITIQUES has a large and diverse readership, including many psychologists who could at least initiate discussions and perhaps take action on the recommendations in this report, for example, requiring graduate students who teach to have formal training for teaching. Given the number of students and faculty involved, this should be a high priority issue. Are there any readers who are optimistic about prospects for action?

Read the Review
ReviewCould Psychology Majors Save the World?
By James H. Korn
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(1)

Monday, January 04, 2010

Differential Diagnosis

APA In Jillon Vander Wal's review of Depression: Causes and Treatment (2nd ed.) by Aaron T. Beck and Brad A. Alford, she notes that the authors identify differential diagnosis as an area in need of investigation. Specific diagnoses discussed were unipolar depression vs. bipolar II disorder, schizoaffective disorder, "considerations for the differentiation of mood from schizophrenic disorders, and the novel idea of looking at these disorders in terms of a spectrum of disorders ranging from the manic-depressive with good prognosis to the purely schizophrenic with poor prognosis." Vander Wal highlights the specific suggestion that "differential diagnosis of psychiatric disorders could be sharpened by consideration of the cognitive content and degree of impairment." Is consideration of these issues sufficient to produce diagnostic clarity or reliability among mood disorders?

Read the Review
ReviewDepression: A Synthesis of Experience and Perspective
By Jillon Vander Wal
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(49)

Editor of PsycCRITIQUES

Danny Wedding, PhD

Chair of Behavioral Sciences,
College of Medicine,
American University of Antigua

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