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Articles from the 2020 Spring Issue of The National Psychologist

Nation Largest

By Chuck Nelson, Associate Editor

April 18, 2020

Nation’s largest children’s behavioral health center opens



When to update to the newest revision of a test

By Daniella Maglione, Ed.S., MS, Gail Rodin, Ph.D., and Maggie Kjer, Ph.D.
April 18, 2020

In our work for a major psychological test publisher, one of the questions we’re asked most frequently is, “When do I need to transition to the latest revision of a test?” Our employer and – to the best of my knowledge – no other major test publisher makes any recommendation with regard to this question. […]


Ethics for Psychologists: Child porn poses ethical dilemma

By Karen A. Lawson, Ph.D.,

Teresa C. Tempelmeyer, Ph.D.,

and J. Ray Hays, Ph.D.
April 18, 2020

A new client tells you that he is concerned about the amount of time he is watching pornography on his computer. He says that he sometimes spends whole weekends surfing the web for sites that might contain images or videos of interest to him, ignoring his spouse and children.


Early Career Psychologists: Associations offer ECPs many advantages

By J. Allison He, Ph.D., and

Khashayar Farhadi Langroudi, Psy.D.
April 18, 2020 

Data from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) surveys on the demographics of our workforce show that there are approximately n= 94,048 actively licensed psychologists, unevenly distributed across the United States.


Some psychologists consider return on investment before opting into merit-based payment system

By Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D.
April 19, 2020

The first quality improvement system implemented by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) in 2007 was designed to improve healthcare quality and reward clinicians for their efforts. The newest iteration, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), has similar goals but focuses on value not volume while saving money for CMS by making it more difficult for clinicians to obtain bonuses while raising penalties.


The insurance war on psychodiagnostic testing

By Jerrold Pollak, Ph.D.
April 18, 2020 - 

A woman in her early 70s was recently referred to me for testing by a neurology practice. Their question was does she have a cognitive change referable to cerebral vascular disease. They also needed a baseline prior to a follow-up with a vascular surgeon to reassess the need for a possible carotid endarterectomy or stenting.

Judges Examining Document

Mitchell testifies in preliminary hearing

By Kathy Lynn Gray, Associate Editor
April 19, 2020

The controversial interrogation methods that two American psychologists designed for prisoners who were accused of atrocities on 9/11 once again have gained national prominence.

The methods, called torture by some and enhanced interrogation by others, were back in the news in January as the psychologists testified in preliminary court hearings at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

A Supportive Hug

Risk Management: Touching not always a violation

By Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
April 19, 2020

We have been told, “Don’t touch your clients!” “Minimize self-disclosure!” “Never venture outside the office with a client!” “Avoid bartering!” And, of course, “Avoid dual relationships at all costs!”

These “don’ts” and many others whisper to us as we emerge from most risk-management workshops and ethics-and-law seminars or while reading an attorney’s or (so-called) experts’ columns or blogs.


Psychologists adjust to the world with coronavirus

By Kathy Lynn Gray, Associate Editor
April 18, 2020 

As the coronavirus sweeps across the country, clinical psychologists are struggling with a very practical question: Should they continue to see patients face to face? Many, such as one neuropsychologist in Rock Hill, N.Y., are choosing to conduct all of their therapy online for the next few weeks rather than seeing patients in an office […]

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July 1 is target date for first PSYPACT applications

By Kathy Lynn Gray, Associate Editor
April 19, 2020 

The countdown for psychologists to practice under the Psychology Interjurisdicitional Compact (PSYPACT) is nearly over.

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) has set July 1, 2020, as the tentative date to apply for the program, which gives licensed psychologists the opportunity to practice telepsychology or temporary face-to-face work across state lines in states that have approved PSYPACT legislation.

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