October 2000 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 31 No. 9

October 2000 Monitor cover

News from APA's Annual Convention

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Advocacy by APA members pays off

Advocates for federal support for psychology education and training celebrate this year's successes.

A historic meeting of the minds

The fathers of cognitive therapy and rational-emotive behavior therapy exchanged banter at APA's 2000 Annual Convention.

Diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder

Author Kay Redfield Jamison details what is known, and what psychologists are still learning, about bipolar illness.

Dispatches from the prescription privileges fronts

Advocates from the three states that have made prescription privileges a priority talk about lessons learned.

Human Genome Project director says psychologists will play a critical role in the initiative's success

Francis Collins outlined opportunities for behavioral scientists to step up their involvement in genomics and genetics.

Platform for a long-term push

Psychology intensifies its efforts to gain prescription privileges, reported speakers at the Presidential Miniconvention on Prescription Privileges.

Psychologists, police chiefs forge an alliance

Police chiefs want help in developing new assessment tools and seek research on how officers respond to fear on the job.

Scientific theory should drive school reform

Yet, current reform efforts are based on assumptions.

Thinking about learning, learning about teaching

At a preconvention institute, future faculty hone their teaching skills.

A taste expert sniffs out a long-standing measurement oversight

Research on taste perception highlights a scaling problem that may have widespread repercussions.

Psychology as a leader in Internet culture

APA's Newman said psychologists have the skills to deal with the problems and potential of the computer age.

Martin E.P. Seligman touts positive psychology at Smithsonian program

'To build qualities for human flourishing' is his vision for the science.

Biology and social environments jointly influence gender development

Direct socialization into gender roles by parents doesn't appear to be as singular an influence on children's sex-typed preferences and behaviors as once was thought, said Eleanor Maccoby.

Future-oriented thinking is a staple for infants and toddlers

Research with infants and young children reveals they begin forming expectations early for how things will be.

Strengthening the voices of women psychologists

A symposium and breakfast for women leaders at APA's convention highlighted women's accomplishments and provided a forum for discussing concerns.

Memory illusions wobble, but they don't fall down

False recollections are not easily dismantled, research shows.

Is there a better way to influence policy?

Psychologists often fail to connect with the political leaders who develop public policy. But there are ways to make sure psychology's voice is heard.


Psychologists and graduate students attending APA's 2000 Annual Convention volunteered at local organizations.

What makes a president great?

Psychologists' research identifies the secrets of success.

Internationalizing psychology's curriculum

Convention panel called for American psychologists to be more inclusive of other cultures when doing research, clinical work or teaching.

Future psychologists embrace novel careers

The possibilities for future psychologists are endless -- if students can look beyond the lessons of graduate school.

In their own words

Adolescents talk about their experiences with serious emotional disturbances.

APA represents psychology in several child mental health efforts

The association is involved in work on NIMH research, autism and changing the structure of child services.

Thinking systemically about supporting young children

Psychologists can create a stronger foundation for infants and toddlers by advocating for policies that encourage cooperation between parents, caregivers and support systems.

Men's mental health needs often misunderstood

The pressure men feel to live up to the macho image is literally making them sick, convention speakers said.

Council funds innovative academic programs, adopts new policy on raising dues

Membership recruitment and retention emerges as a theme of APA's Council of Representatives meeting.

Help is here for interpreting guidelines

APA's Council of Representatives approved a document that will help practitioners wade through the abundance of treatment guidelines.

Defining psychology's role in health care

At a brainstorming event, psychologists identify ways to expand their roles in meeting the nation's health-care challenges.

Convention Awards 2000

APA congratulates the following award winners who were honored at APA's 2000 Annual Convention