Special Interest Group Reports

Media First Response Consultation to Offset Psychological Risks for Communities during Crises: An Update Mary Gregerson, PhD mary.gregerson@aol.com, oltowne@aol.com Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD cjfergus@stetson.edu Rodney L. Lowman, PhD rllowman@gmail.com June Wilson, PhD, RN june.wilson@dominican.edu The Fall/Winter 2014  Amplifier Magazine had the first report on the training called Media First Response (MFR; https://div46amplifier.com/2014/12/11/make-a-difference-media-first-response-is-crisis-media-consultation-for-community-leaders-and-journalists/) being sponsored by…

Committee Reports

APA Toronto Convention Program Committee Report Program Highlights: Media Psychology For Good Chair: Pamela Rutledge, PhD Pamelarutledge@gmail.com The Division 46 theme for the upcoming 2015 Convention in Toronto is “Media Psychology For Good.” In keeping with this focus, Division 46 has a rich line-up of symposia that explore the positive impact, use, and potential of…

Member News

Dr. Frank Farley has been honored by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) with its highest award for public contributors to psychology, the “Psychology in the Media Award.” His contributions as a public intellectual cover all forms of media including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, blogs and Internet sites. Recent contributions, with the average usually over 100…

All the Lonely People: Music on Life’s Discordant Journey

Don Baird The Chicago School of Professional Psychology dbaird3k@gmail.com A review of Living is easy with eyes closed (2013) (Original title: Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados) Director: David Trueba; Producer: Christina Huete; Strand Releasing When psychologist Abraham Maslow began his studies of self-actualization, he sought to include the importance of the arts in…

Detoxing Negative Thoughts

Kathryn Stamoulis, PhD Associate Editor Review of Book O’Gorman, P. A. (2014). The Girly Thoughts 10-Day Detox. Health Communications Inc., $12.95. Many people are weighed down with negative thinking, “the shoulds,” “the oughts,” and “the musts.” For women there is much noise out there that contributes to their having many “shoulds,” “oughts,” and “musts” thoughts.…

Student Spotlight: Boontarika “Boonie” Sripom

Shayne Aquino, PsyD Student The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Aquino.shayne@gmail.com Boontarika “Boonie” Sripom has actively engaged in disseminating psychology since graduating from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2013. On her website Organized Messes, Boonie describes herself as an “artist, geek, and gamer interested in reducing stigmas…

Brands Harnessing Digital Marketing to Maintain Superiority Over Consumer Reviews

Heidi West, MA Student Fielding Graduate University hwest@email.fielding.edu For decades, businesses have studied consumer behavior, tracked spending trends, and developed products for the consumers. With the onset of the digital age, consumers might have assumed that the Internet provided an opportunity to level the playing field. The democracy of the Internet allowed consumers to study…