November 2001 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 32 No. 10

November 2001 Monitor cover

COVER:
Helping a nation heal

SCIENCE WATCH

New data shed light on anxiety and attention

Research indicates that during anxiety, people find it difficult to pull their attention away from threatening stimuli, challenging long-held assumptions about the link between anxiety and attention.

ETHICS ROUNDS

Ethics matters

A prize for graduate students

Hands holding a butterfly

FEATURES

A countrywide effort to help

State associations mobilized members after the Sept. 11 attacks.

An 'American psychologist'

Robert V. Guthrie, one of the most influential and multifaceted African-American scholars of the century, wants to be remembered only as 'an American psychologist.' In an interview with the Monitor, he recollects the barriers he overcame to claim that title.

Intervening with family

For every suicide, there are as many as six to 10 family members who are immediately affected by the death--about 186,000 new survivors each year, according to statistics. Working with the family members of a patient who is suicidal or has completed suicide is a role more psychologists are embracing.

Military psychologists respond to attacks

Military psychologists are educating troops about stress, developing new ways to train military personnel in the fight against terrorism and offering support to families.

'A particularly gifted therapist'

Norma Lang Steuerle, PhD, is remembered for her energy, zest for life and sense of humor.

A different kind of war zone

After the attacks, international trauma relief expert and New York City psychologist Nina Thomas put her skills to work in her hometown.

'I'd step in to help again in a second'

In the weeks after the attacks, APA psychologist Daniel Dodgen counseled rescuers, Department of Defense and airline workers, and families of victims at the Pentagon.

'A daunting, unbelievable experience'

Psychologist June Feder overcame clogged communication channels and mass confusion to respond to the disaster in New York.

Finding a sense of purpose after tragedy

In response to the tragedies, a New York psychologist expands the focus of her practice.

'I was proud to be a New Yorker, an American and a psychologist'

Laura Barbanel has seen mental health care emerge as a priority in ways it hasn't before.

Responding to the nation's sadness, anger and fear

APA President Norine G. Johnson discusses psychology's role in the aftermath of the attacks and shares some of her related clinical experiences.

Tapping their own resilience

Practitioners shouldn't consider themselves invulnerable at this time and are encouraged to address their own needs so they can help their clients.

Helping a nation heal

Psychologists across the country offer support in the wake of a national tragedy.

Helping the nation cope

APA develops public service announcements aimed at adults and children.

'It exposed America's vulnerability'

A former State Department and FAA psychologist talks frankly about America's response to the recent terrorist attacks.

Opposing terrorism by understanding the human capacity for evil

APA's president-elect on why the efforts to prevent future terrorist acts must begin with understanding the root causes of the hatred against America.

Amid the despair, there is hope

APA Past-president Martin E.P. Seligman talks about optimism in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Understanding and preventing hate crimes

Psychologists' research offers new insights on the emotions that lead to hate crimes and how to prevent them.

Surviving a patient's suicide

Support from other psychologists, especially for trainees, is an integral part of recovery for 'clinician-survivors.'

Unraveling the mystery of suicide

Questions remain on what motivates people to take their lives.

A primer of diversity

Psychology's introductory textbooks need to better integrate issues of aging, disability, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity, argue experts.

Curriculum overhaul gives behavioral medicine a higher profile

A new medical school curriculum, the first of its kind, will prepare physicians to take advantage of advances in the behavioral sciences.

Medicare will now cover some telehealth psychotherapy services

Under the new rule, payment for telehealth services will equal what Medicare would pay for the service without the use of a telecommunications system.

Furthering health promotion

'Creating a New Vision for Health Promotion' conference will be held Feb. 25-March 1 in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE

Psychology plays integral role in federal response to terrorism

APA's Public Policy Office is responding to the national tragedy through a range of policy initiatives involving psychological science, education and public interest.