October 2006 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 37 No. 9
COVER: Lending a hand: New Orleans 2006
Celebrating a city’s rebirth
The opening session of APA's 2006 Annual Convention honored the rebirth of New Orleans and paid tribute to a child psychology pioneer.
The hard work of healing
Psychologists described efforts to help, services needed and lessons to be learned from Katrina, at APA's 2006 Annual Convention.
Katrina’s cultural lessons
A psychologist recounts how cultural misunderstanding intensified the tragedy of Katrina.
Beyond first aid
Experts shared postdisaster resources and stories of Katrina trauma and resilience.
Schools: A post-Katrina anchor for children
How school constancy and camaraderie help children navigate the stress of uprooted lives.
A hand in rebuilding New Orleans
APA volunteers helped build houses in the upper Ninth Ward.
In search of home
Convention volunteers helped prepare Katrina's lost animals for new homes—and supported their caregivers.
- Psychologist calls for more research on adolescents’ brains
- Workshop focused on resolving conflict among minority groups
- Cognitive therapy shows promise for suicide prevention
- Cyberbullies increasingly target peers online
- Reducing stress helps both brain and body
- Violence in the home takes many forms
- Heterosexual mock jurors prove most punitive in hate crimes against gays
- Drug abstinence rises with awarding of prizes; value plays role
- Restaurants serve social sustenance
- Ethics workshop focuses on self-care
- Video game magazines may harm boys’ body image
- Drug may accelerate phobia therapy
- APA survey illuminates teacher needs
- A psychologist investigates potential origins of false memories
Collaborating with psychologists around the world can inform and sharpen APA's approach to ethics.
APA's Council of Representatives reaffirmed APA's position on torture and adopted reports on zero tolerance programs, use of psychotropics to treat children and socioeconomic status.
Some convention presenters spoke out against psychologist involvement in military interrogations.
A psychologist finds that what we see often differs from what we think we see.
Attractive faces take less work to process than unattractive ones. The phenomenon may explain why we associate positive attributes with beauty.
Studies hint at possible ways to get off the hedonic treadmill and find lasting happiness.
Brain research indicates putting problems into words eases emotional distress.
Try to meet the community where it is rather than waiting for it to come to you, panelists advised.
Speakers discussed evidence-based treatment of serious mental illness.
Communications technology will open the field of ‘telepsychology,' posing new challenges and questions, said APA's president.
Three generations of mentors and protégés discussed their insights on good mentoring.
Television's Phil McGraw talked about his goal of bringing psychology into the nation's living rooms.
APA honors ‘Brokeback Mountain' screenwriter Diana Ossana for bringing the story to the big screen.
A former APA policy officer summarized psychology's contributions to policy-making that aids children.