Past President Column: Living a Life of Meaning in a Mediated World

Mary Gregerson, PhD mary.gregerson@aol.com Clad in a golden skating skirt and glittery top, award-winning figure skater Gracie Gold flew past, shirring ice in our direction as she triple looped. An overhead jumbo-tron broadcast such skaters’ gliding images at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships where our family celebration spread out members in rink-side seats. Comparing…

APA Council of Representatives: A Report

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD cjfergus@stetson.edu I attended my first Council of Representatives meeting in February 2017 with the honor of representing Division 46. What follows are some highlights from the February Council meeting.  I’ll focus on some of the “big ticket items” I suspect are of most interest to members. For those that may not…

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From the Editor: The Art of Protesting

V. Krishna Kumar, PhD kkumar@wcupa.edu Gandhi was clear about how to protest; unfortunately his message of non-violence is not currently heeded even in his own country. On January 21, 2017, the Women’s March on Washington mobilized people around the world to protest peacefully after Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States of America. …

From the Associate Editor: On Bringing Psychology to People

Kathryn Stamoulis, PhD kestamoulis@hotmail.com On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the March for Science in Washington, DC, and over 600 satellite locations around the globe. The main goals of these rallies were to emphasize the societal good science upholds, support scientists, and call for nonpartisan evidence-based governmental policy that…

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APA Council of Representatives Report: August 2016 Meeting

Elizabeth Carll, PhD ecarll@optonline.net Revision of APA Ethics Code Council approved revision of Ethics code 3.04 (Avoiding Harm) prohibiting psychologists from torture to define the term in 3.04(b) as “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person, or in any other cruel, inhuman, or degrading…

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Past President’s Column: Star Trek, Parasocial Psychology, and Understanding the Ethics of New Media

Jerri Lynn Hogg, PhD hoggjl@aol.com Actress Marina Sirtis took to Twitter one Sunday in mid-October to discuss eating disorders. Sirtis, who is probably best known for her role as “ship’s counselor” (or psychologist) Deanna Troi in the 1990’s television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, has been quoted in the popular press as acknowledging episodes…