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For reporters covering aspects of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, these psychologists are available to discuss issues associated with gun violence, domestic terrorism, radicalization, hate crimes and coping with trauma after a mass shooting.
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which focuses on the mental health challenges experienced by underrepresented groups. Minorities face additional hurdles due to lack of adequate, culturally competent care and cultural stigma. The month was established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 to improve access to mental health treatment and services and promote public awareness of mental illness. For reporters covering minority mental health, the American Psychological Association has experts available who can speak on the health and mental health issues minorities face.
For reporters covering the recent suicides of two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and the father of a Sandy Hook victim, these psychologists are available to discuss issues associated with suicide, including underlying causes (such as trauma or suicide contagion), risk factors and assessment and treatment of at -risk individuals.
For reporters covering the Justice Department’s recent decision to separate immigrant children from their parents, these psychologists are available to discuss psychological issues associated with immigration, including discrimination, trauma and commonly held myths about immigrants – both legal and illegal.
As you report on the ongoing allegations and reports of high-profile workplace sexual harassment and assaults, resources are available for companies that are evaluating their own sexual harassment prevention policies and training programs. Psychologists with expertise in organizational behaviors and sexual harassment are available to be interviewed on issues such as the ineffectiveness of many workplace sexual harassment training programs and what companies can do to eliminate negative behaviors within their own organizations.
As you are reporting on various aspects of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, psychologists are available to discuss how white supremacy, racism and prejudice can lead to extremism, how police should handle potentially violent demonstrations and how to help children and adults deal with trauma and grief.
With the growing disagreement between the White House and the media over what constitutes fact, the American Psychological Association has made available psychology experts who can comment on the issue of deception, including why some people (politicians and private individuals alike) choose to dissemble, how to identify when someone is attempting to deceive and what individuals can do to protect themselves from falling victim to falsehoods in the public sphere.
With discussion in the presidential campaign of servicemembers and military veterans who experience post-traumatic stress disorder, psychologists are available to talk about the research behind the latest understanding and treatment of PTSD.
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Media advisory on Oregon school shooting.
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Q&A on materialism.
Child development expert Dorothy Espelage, PhD, discusses recent research
As people continue to live longer, more Americans are caring for someone with a chronic condition, disability or old age. According to the Caregiver Action Network, there are approximately 90 million family caregivers in the U.S. today and two out of every five adults care for a family member. As the baby boomer generation ages, caregiving will continue to be a crucial issue among Americans.
In the aftermath of the shooting at the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, psychologists are available to discuss shooting violence and military mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
An estimated 1,640 children died from abuse or neglect in the United States in 2012, while another 686,000 were victims of abuse, according to the most recent federal statistics. Psychologists who work with children and parents can explain why abuse occurs, its immediate and long-term effects on children and ways to prevent it. The following American Psychological Association members are available for interviews:
President Barack Obama’s choice of openly gay and lesbian athletes to represent the U.S. government at the Sochi Winter Olympics gives psychologists an opportunity to educate a global audience about how interaction between heterosexual and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people effectively reduces prejudice. Research has shown that individuals who get to know LGBT people are less likely to discriminate against them and more likely to support LGBT social and political equality. The following American Psychological Association staff and members are available to discuss the significance of gay and lesbian athletes leading the U.S. delegation in Sochi:
Rather than Valentine’s Day treats from a romantic partner, many teens face a serious threat of violence in their dating relationships. Every year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Psychologists who work with teens, parents and communities can explain how and why teen dating violence occurs, the signs to look for and ways to prevent it. The following American Psychological Association members are available to discuss teen dating violence:
It’s been 50 years since the U.S. surgeon general’s report on smoking and health spurred one of the largest public health behavior changes success stories of the 20th century. Before and since this groundbreaking report’s release, psychology has been at the forefront of smoking cessation efforts. Research into the biological and behavioral mechanisms of addiction has led to many successful treatments for nicotine addicts. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Sherry McKee, a researcher whose work has focused on gender differences and smoking. She discusses why women have a harder time kicking the habit and what science can do to help them quit.
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health prompted one of the largest public health behavior change success stories of the 20th century. Before and since this groundbreaking report’s release, psychology has been at the forefront of smoking cessation efforts.
Functional foods. Fortified foods. They sound good for you, but they may actually be sabotaging your healthy diet. In this episode, we talk with one psychologist who studies how companies market foods to health-conscious consumers and why we should all by wary of what they tell us about their products.
Media advisory on bullying in professional sports.
Psychologists with expertise on body image, gender roles and the negative impact of the sexualization of girls can talk about the importance of age-appropriate Halloween costumes for young children and teenagers. These members of the 2005-2007 APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls offer information and insight primarily regarding girls, but can discuss how these issues also affect boys.
Media advisory on government shutdown
Media advisory on immigration.
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Media advisory on child abuse and prevention month.
Q&A on seasonal affective disorder.
It’s back to school time, which means homework, after-school activities and, many parents hope, more regular bedtime routines. APA asked child sleep expert Joseph A. Buckhalt, PhD, five questions about sleep.
Q&A with Glenn E. Smith, PhD.
Q&A on recognizing and dealing with anger.
Reports of post-traumatic stress disorder among members of the U.S. military are raising questions about how this psychological disorder is diagnosed and treated. Psychologists can help explain how someone is diagnosed with PTSD and how service members are particularly affected by combat. They can also discuss how PTSD can pose serious mental health issues for service members, veterans and their families. The following experts are available for interviews on this topic.
Q & A on teen dating violence.
Question and answer release on psychological benefits of nostalgia during the holidays.
Millions of people viewed close-up video footage of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s bloody, dead body surrounded by cheering Libyan fighters as his death made headlines. What is the psychological impact of seeing such images? How might this situation compare to the killing of Osama bin Laden, when no pictures were made available?
Joel Dvoskin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist based in Tucson, Ariz. He is author of numerous articles and chapters in professional journals and texts, including a number of articles that deal with treatment of people with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.
The American Psychological Association is supporting World Suicide Prevention Day, Friday, Sept. 10, by making available psychologists for interviews. These psychologists will also be blogging about various aspects of suicide for www.YourMindYourBody.org, the official blog of APA’s public education campaign on Mind/Body Health.
Miners in Chile will be facing numerous mental challenges as a result of being trapped 2,300 feet below the earth for weeks, possibly months. Psychologists and mine safety researchers can help explain how those underground and on the surface are coping. The following experts are available for interviews on topics such as leadership, resilience, stress management and mine safety during and after the mine collapse.
Childhood obesity has quadrupled in the last 40 years, which may mean today's children become the first generation to have a shorter lifespan than their parents, a leading obesity expert told the American Psychological Association on Saturday.
For Father's Day: Five Questions for Daniel Kruger, PhD - Daniel Kruger, PhD, is a social psychologist at the University of Michigan who focuses on evolutionary psychology. His work explores the balance between the social and natural sciences and how that contributes to a broader understanding of human behavior, including natural selection. To mark Father's Day, the American Psychological Association spoke with Dr. Kruger about how evolutionary psychological research and other psychology disciplines are helping to better understand men and their roles in an ever changing society.
Chris E. Stout, a clinical psychologist and professor at the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has studied the impact of globalization on people's lives. Throughout a 20-year career, Dr. Stout has focused on the interconnectedness of global matters, such as conflict, war, global health and poverty. As the challenges of globalization become more pressing, Dr. Stout addresses how psychology can help combat poverty and create a more sustainable world.
With the economy in freefall and people worried about their dwindling assets, clinical psychologist Mary Gresham says parents can turn the holidays into a non-materialistic, joyous celebration by working to change their "“ and their children's "“ buying habits.