July/August 2005 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 36 No. 7
COVER: Fighting phobias
When health fears hurt health
Some people neglect their health because of phobias about dentists, needles, diseases and germs. But psychological interventions show promise in treating such fears.
A virtual cure
Psychologists are using virtual reality in combination with cognitive-behavioral therapy as a tool to help people overcome phobias.
Fighting children's fears, fast
Researchers at Virginia Tech are helping children tackle their phobias in a single action-packed session.
Stemming social phobia
Psychologist Richard Heimberg seeks to improve the staying power of social phobia treatments by combining therapy with medication.
Figuring out phobia
Researchers are using neuroimaging techniques to delve into the neurobiological underpinnings of phobias, with a view to improving treatments.
Hamster research raises new questions about whether the commonly abused drugs may be addictive.
- Rational life choices guide people's religiousness over time
- Parenthood could buffer people against existential dread
- Gut feelings drive fairness perceptions during layoffs
- Hill briefings publicize youth mental health crisis
- Psychologists publicize behavioral treatments' effectiveness
- APA's Keita promotes postpartum depression legislation
- Effective training includes allowing mistakes
- Researchers and regulators hammer out guidelines for research risk
- Torney-Purta honored with Decade of Behavior research award
- Child sex abuse policy recommendations published in Science magazine
Being mindful of the values that inform our clinical work, even--and especially--when those values compete with one another, represents an approach to the ethical practice of psychology.
APA's Congressional Fellowship Program is helping five psychologists learn the ropes of Capitol Hill.
Presenters explored the possibilities--and limitations--of new assessment technology at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology conference.
Psychologists Jana Martin, Nancy Molitor and others are working hard to 'make psychology a household word.'
A recent conference focused on funding and quality-assurance for half-time internships.
Psychology faculty and undergraduates reach out to minority high school students.
As incoming president of the American Diabetes Association, Richard Rubin plans to emphasize diabetes' emotional side.
As both a university-based researcher and a National Institutes of Health official, psychologist Mark Goldman seeks to stem alcohol abuse.
Two psychologists bring their behavioral background to public health policy issues at the IOM.
Clinical psychologist Lisa Kaneshiro helps fellow Hawaiians lead healthier lives.
Psychologist O'Neal Walker brings military and government experience to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Through his work promoting public health, the CDC's David Sleet emphasizes psychologists' contributions to injury prevention.
Psychologists participated with the Red Cross in a large-scale terrorism drill.
Long-standing efforts to establish psychologists' right to oversee patient care in California state hospitals result in new regulations and patient benefits.
Training directors offer students tips on what to expect in internship evaluations.
Experts and students share advice on preparing for and adjusting to a new supervisor on practicum and internship.
Students and faculty members suggest strategies for avoiding potential practicum pitfalls.
Graduate student Tiago Maia's research challenges a popular decision-making theory.
A CLOSER LOOK
The conservation psychology arm of Div. 34 is calling for all psychologists to use their skills and training to protect the natural world.
PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
APA is heading a national coalition to address behavioral health concerns--and access to care--in public health.