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President’s Column: 2020 What a Year!

V. Krishna Kumar, PhD kkumar@wcupa.edu 2020 can be thought of as the year of multiple crises: worldwide genocide by COVID-19, police shootings of black individuals and consequent worldwide protests, and wildfires and hurricanes.  The Zoom invasion that began in March 2020 turned our lives into virtual reality.  Life without Zoom has become unthinkable.  For the…

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Past President Column: The Pain of 2020: How Did We Get Here?

Kathryn Stamoulis, PhD Kestamoulis@hotmail.com 2020 has been a terrible year for many Americans. The relentless spread of COVID-19. Distrust of science. Extreme political polarization. A contentious presidential race. A rise in conspiracy theories. Heightened depression, anxiety, and loneliness, less sex, and on and on. All this negativity begs the question, how did we get here?…

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Council Corner: Summary of August 5 & 6, 2020 Council Meeting

Danny Wedding, PhD danny.wedding@gmail.com APA’s Council of Representatives met virtually August 5-6, 2020, during which it adopted a policy/position regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and agreed to forward to the Membership for a vote bylaws changes that would offer voting seats on the Council of Representatives to members of the ethnic minority psychology associations and voting…

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Student Committee Column: 2020 Reflections

Stephanie Miodus, MA, MEdstephanie.miodus@temple.edu Stephanie Joseph, MA, MEdStephanie.joseph08@gmail.com As 2020 draws to a close and we reflect on this past year as Student Committee co-chairs, we want to thank all the students who have been involved in our initiatives. We started the year with the primary goal of increasing opportunities for students within the Division,…

Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Children

Mary Karapetian Alvord, PhD Resilience Across Borders, Inc. resilienceacrossborders@gmail.com Mental health needs far exceed the availability and affordability of services for many individuals and families.  Approximately 25% of youth meet the criteria for a mental health disorder, and only 1 in 5 children and teens receive the care they need.  It is particularly challenging for…