Psychology and the National Institute of Mental Health: A Historical Analysis of Science, Practice, and Policy

Pages: 348
Item #: 4316039
ISBN: 978-1-59147-164-6
List Price: $19.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 2005
Format: Hardcover
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Psychology and the National Institute of Mental Health provides a historical analysis of the reciprocal relationship of psychology and the NIMH. As a history, the book reveals important insights into the remarkable expansion of psychology since World War II and illuminates the role of government in shaping the lives and practices of its citizens through its funding of psychological research, training, and service. The chapters in the book show the key roles that psychologists have played at the NIMH.

Authors discuss mental health policy, research supported through the extensive grant programs, training for research and practice, and the expanded support of mental health services by the federal government. Their analyses not only show how these topics shaped psychology as a discipline, but they also highlight psychology's important influence on government policies.

The volume serves as a resource for scholars interested in specialized histories about post-World War II psychology and government. It fills a significant gap in our understanding of the development of current psychological science and practice and links that development to the emergent relationship between psychology and government.

Table of Contents



I. Introduction and Historical Overview

  1. Science, Practice, and Policy: An Introduction to the History of Psychology and the National Institute of Mental Health
    —Wade E. Pickren
  2. Reflections on Psychology and National Institute of Mental Health
    —Stanley F. Schneider

II. NIMH Support of Psychological Science

  1. Comparative Psychology: A Case Study of Development of Support for Basic Research by a Federal Agency With an Applied Mission, 1948–1963
    —Donald A. Dewsbury
  2. The Research Grants Program of the National Institute of Mental Health and the Golden Age of American Academic Psychology
    —Charles E. Rice
  3. Psychotherapy Research and the National Institute of Mental Health, 1948–1980
    —Rachael I. Rosner

III. Training Psychologists for Science and Practice

  1. The Historical Context for National Institute of Mental Health Support of American Psychological Association® Training and Accreditation Efforts
    —Ingrid G. Farreras
  2. Creating a Profession: National Institute of Mental Health and the Training of Psychologists, 1946–1954
    —David B. Baker and Ludy T. Benjamin Jr.

IV. Psychologists on Site: Practice and Community

  1. Services at the National Institute of Mental Health's Mental Health Study Center of Prince George's County, Maryland
    —Milton F. Shore and F. Vincent Mannino
  2. The National Institute of Mental Health and the Founding of the Field of Community Psychology
    —James G. Kelly
  3. National Mental Health Policy and the Community Mental Health Centers, 1963–1981
    —James W. Stockdill
  4. Prevention of Mental Disorders
    —George W. Albee


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Reviews & Awards

A poignant and proud addition to the field of psychology, this is a book that we, as psychologists and clinicians, can feel proud of and reflect warmly upon.
—Doody Enterprises, Inc.

This book should be read by everyone who is in a position to evaluate and affect federal funding for mental health research. Highly recommended.
—CHOICE Magazine