December 2004 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 35 No. 11
COVER: Mental health help for children
Children's mental health problems seen as 'epidemic'
Psychologists advocate a systems-wide change with the child at the center.
Should our children be taking psychotropics?
An APA group is reviewing children's use of psychoactive medications and will examine psychologists' current and future roles in the area.
What's new in children's mental health
Creative ways of reaching children and using resources distinguish some fresh interventions.
Effective education for autism
Psychologists are working to help struggling schools--faced with limited budgets and increasing enrollment--educate children with autism.
A dilemma of definition
Refined understanding of disorders within the autism spectrum may aid research and treatment, some researchers claim.
Emotional memory may linger longer than factual memory--a finding that may lead to improved dementia tests and therapies.
- Knowledge, perspective can lessen terrorism-anxiety
- Positive reinforcement helps children avoid junk food
- Women like women more than men like men
- Four-year-olds use eye-gaze cues to detect deception
- Two psychologists win Presidential Early Career Award
- APA launches campaign to support psychological science
- Survey reveals employment trends for medical school psychologists
- Family circumstances, not children's misbehavior, spur abuse
- Personality disorders may change over time
- Chen named new SPSSI Scholar
- APA honors champion for student wellness
The Ethics Code seeks to avoid harm and protect autonomy, informed by solid clinical thinking and good research.
Research using a computer model aims to unify dueling theories on how people read.
A group of social scientists hunts down unpublished studies and aims to inform policy through thorough meta-analysis.
A community college professor has created a successful student research program--providing an example for other two-year colleges.
APA recognizes 10 companies for best practices in promoting psychologically healthy workplaces.
Rhode Island psychologists recently made major inroads with a health insurance giant.
An APA-sponsored program garners $1.6 million to continue shepherding ethnic minorities into the biomedical sciences.
Community psychologist Ken Miller is coordinating a team effort to measure mental health distress and resilience among Afghans in the impoverished, war-torn country.
The new editor will emphasize healthy development across the life span.
Cross-disciplinary communication tops the incoming editor's agenda
The new editor of APA's Journal of Abnormal Psychology will consider the impact of culture and position the journal to influence the forthcoming DSM-V.
Two new research databases will help psychologists locate gray literature and book chapters.
Early-career concerns gain increased prominence in APA through a newly established group.
A CLOSER LOOK
The Society for Consumer Psychology annual winter conference will fuse ethnicity and cultural identity with consumer psychology.
PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
Psychologists made the federal case for science, education and public interest policies this year.