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Articles from the 2021 Spring Issue of The National Psychologist

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Kahler v. Kansas
Insanity Defense

 

Kahler v. Kansas: So what else is new?

By David Shapiro, Ph.D.
April 13, 2021

On March 23, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Kahler v. Kansas. To understand the importance of this case, we need to put it in historical context and examine the misunderstandings through the years of the defense of not guilty by reason of insanity. For many years, most states embraced the so-called […]

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FAA will skip latest version of MMPI

By Chuck Nelson, Associate Editor

April 13, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will continue to use the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) test to evaluate pilots and other aerospace personnel, forgoing the latest variants of the test, including the newest one released late last year. That decision has renewed a debate in psychology circles documented in earlier editions of The National Psychologist […]

Gardening

Contact with nature buffers effects of COVID lockdown

By Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D.

April 13, 2021

The year 2020 brought about not only a staggering death toll across the world due to COVID-19, but also “a year of accelerated unraveling” for fragile older adults living with dementia, according to a Feb. 21 report in the New York Times Sunday Review. Quarantine restrictions limiting family visits except through windows, social distancing prohibiting […]

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Should therapist locator systems offer a BAA?

By Michael G. Conner, Psy.D.

April 13, 2021

As the developer of a website functionally equivalent to Psychology Today’s therapist locator, I understand the technology of these systems, intranet text communication and referral technology. I also know the vulnerabilities of that technology. A therapist locator site touches significant information provided by the public. Information collected through interactions with a therapist locator system can […]

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Life during wartime: the coronavirus psychology

By Katrina Wood, Ph.D.

April 12, 2021

We are engaged in a war. Not a typical war where an enemy is clearly identifiable. We’re up against an invisible enemy – the COVID-19 virus. The conflict requires something unique and brutally wrenching from its civilians: isolation and physical disconnection. The collective life force has been stopped dead in its tracks now for more […]

Black Mask

Psychotherapists should find empathy when rural ideas about COVID-19 safety vary

By S. Jean Caraway, Ph.D.

April 12, 2021

As psychologists, many of us are natural people watchers in public. As such, while stopped for gas and coffee at a local convenience store, I pass the time by counting the number of people exiting the store wearing masks. How many would you guess in my home state of South Dakota? I counted two out […]

Street Portrait

Imposter syndrome can limit experiences

By Rita M. Rivera, M.S.
April 12, 2021

Imposter syndrome is described as the internal experience of thinking that one is not as competent as others and that one’s success is due to luck rather than qualifications. Some of the signs of imposter syndrome include self-doubt, attributing one’s success to external factors, criticizing one’s performance and fear of not living up to expectations. […]

HEALTH

Mental health stigma-inducing barriers must be removed for law students

By Bree Buchanan, JD, MSF
April 12, 2021

While many individuals have a less than positive impression of lawyers as a whole, the importance of our legal system and the rule of law are integral to a healthy and just society. Likewise, hale, hearty and high functioning lawyers are critical to achieving these ideals. Unfortunately, the legal profession is facing a crisis of […]

PICTURE

Congress throws a wrench in Medicare telehealth rules

By Chuck Nelson, Associate Editor
April 12, 2021

A change in Medicare telehealth rules has come under fire from healthcare analysts following passage of the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act in late December. The provision – which requires periodic in-person visits with clients before telehealth visits will be covered – has been widely panned even as other parts of the bill were designed to […]

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