September 2004 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 35 No. 8

September 2004 Monitor cover

50 Years Post-Brown

Two people holding hands


Buddy system eases stress, study suggests

Japanese study highlights health value of company, even in the face of literal shock.


From toilet to tap

Psychologists lend their expertise to overcoming the public's aversion to reclaimed water.

Fighting fire with psychology

In 9/11's wake, researchers across fields are drawing on behavioral science to better understand people's reactions during fire-emergency evacuations--an effort they hope will lead to safer buildings.

Curbing risk-taking, protecting the public

Psychologists and government agencies are pursuing a new tack in promoting public health and safety: Stop preaching and provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.

The baggage screener's brain scan

The emerging field of neuroergonomics seeks to improve work safety and make everyday tasks, like driving, safer.

The question of marriage and community well-being

Through research, some psychologists are informing an administration effort to foster marriage among low-income couples.

Marriage promotion: a simplistic 'fix'?

Some argue the agenda does not adequately address the stressors of poverty and racism.

Reconceptualizing custody

APA's Practice Directorate is co-piloting a pioneering program to ease litigious divorce's impact on children.

Back to her roots

Psychologist Tawa Witko advocates for the American Indian community and seeks to give urban American Indians a stronger sense of their heritage.

Cross-cultural training: 30 years and going strong

A Boston University internship promotes cross-cultural sensitivity through collegiality.

Never too late to heal

A congressional briefing co-sponsored by APA explored positive aging and the aftermath of trauma.

Studying ways to improve education

A two-year program has selected 13 fellows to conduct school-based research with leaders in the field.

New book examines Kenneth B. Clark's legacy

Book contributors explore how Clark's "social action research" broke new ground in American race relations.

Developmental needs missing from desegregation

Desegregation planners lacked the educational and developmental tools to help heal rifts, said the Comer Process founder.

Boosting diversity on campus

A panel of psychologists highlighted research on promoting diversity in higher education and K-12 schools.

Overcoming invisibility

Psychologists' latest research shows that racism is more subtle--yet as pervasive and harmful as ever.

An early look at giftedness

APF Rosen grant winner is testing preschoolers' executive brain functioning to gauge their future giftedness.

A Closer Look


Consulting across state lines

Div. 13 has launched an effort to ease licensure restrictions on the work of consulting psychologists.

US Senate building


Bringing federal advocacy home

Through an APA Public Policy Office campaign, psychologists share research findings on aging, AIDS, suicide, same-sex families and other hot legislative topics with their hometown U.S. Senate offices.




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