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…

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Aloha! Beannachd Leat,* APA Division 46 2016! Slàinte,** APA Division 46 2026!

Mary Gregerson, PhD Independent Practice, Leavenworth, KS mary.gregerson@aol.com For Auld Lang Syne*** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acxnmaVTlZA “Aloha!” means “Goodbye” and “Hello” in Hawai’i. Following their double meaning, first, a brief “Goodbye’ to Division 46 in my final President’s Column, before an energetic “Hello” to Division 46 2026, the future. “Aloha!” as Good-Bye: Yesteryear Once upon a time, long ago…

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President Elect’s Column: What’s Up for 2017

Joanne Broder Sumerson, PhD joannebrodersumerson@gmail.com I am excited and honored to serve as the forthcoming president of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology. I served as the Division’s Membership Chair for almost a decade, so my overall goal as your incoming President is to implement opportunities to help meet various membership needs.  My favorite…

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President’s Column: Primum non nocere, First, Do No Harm

Mary Gregerson, PhD mary.gregerson@aol.com Primum non nocere, Latin for “first, do no harm,” is one half of the bioethics of the Hippocratic Oath, the other part being “to do good.” “Doing good” has been a recent theme for APA Division 46 The Society for Media Psychology & Technology (see Amplifier Spring/Summer 2015). What, though, of…

President-Elect Column: Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World Daily

Mary Gregerson, PhD mary.gregerson@aol.com In ancient Judaism tikkun olam meant repairing the world every day.  In this column, I describe three APA Division 46 2016 initiatives to make our world better daily in many ways: (a) The Media First Responder Corps, (b) Environmental Health Psychology, and (c) Entertainment Psychology. Media First Response follows the modern…

Past President’s Column: A 12-Step Program for Building a Successful Consulting Practice

Bernard Luskin, EdD, LMFT Bernie@LuskinInternational.com I have operated a visible successful consulting company for over 25 years.  Interestingly, during these years, I needed to attend to the development of my company and my clients only intermittently because many of the consulting jobs became totally consuming; they literally occupied me for years and because my clientele…

From the Associate Editor: Leaving Underserved Teens Behind

Kathryn Stamoulis, PhD kestamoulis@hotmail.com The US Preventive Services Task Force (2015) strongly recommended that adolescents, ages 12 to 18, should be screened for depression.  One of their recommended screening tools, The Beck Depression Inventory, could easily be taken online or at a pediatric appointment to quickly identify at-risk teens. This is a significant recommendation as…

APA Council of Representatives Report: August 2015 Meeting

Elizabeth Carll, PhD ecarll@optonline.net It should be noted that prior to the APA Council meeting, there was much discussion and exchange of emails among Council members as well as heated discussion among APA members on various listservs as a result of the Hoffman Report being obtained and published by the media.  Council members were responsible…

APA Council of Representatives Report: February 2015 Meeting

Elizabeth Carll, PhD drcarll@optonline.net A full day was allotted to Council’s new responsibility focusing on strategic mega issues relating to psychology. The topic agreed upon was Translating Science into Policy. In addition to the usual 600 page agenda, Council also received reading assignments to prepare for the discussions so that all members would have a…

Past-President’s Column: Forensic Media Psychology: A Growing Professional Specialty

Bernard Luskin, EdD bernieluskin@gmail.com In a previously published analysis in my Psychology Today column, The Media Psychology Effect, I outlined the emergence of Forensic Media Psychology (FMP) as a professional specialty in psychology. In this essay, I highlight the importance of this emerging specialty and the ensuing professional opportunities increasingly available as the field grows…