Clinical Health Psychology

Books in APA Books’ Clinical Health Psychology Series offer comprehensive but concise overviews of practice in specific areas of clinical health psychology, such as integrated primary care, women’s reproductive health, cardiology, oncology, and pain management. Each book in the series is intended specifically for mental and behavioral health professionals who are new to that field.  Here are the currently available books in the series:

Psychological Treatment of Patients With Cancer (September 2017)

Ellen A. Dornelas

This volume describes a range of psychological interventions aimed at helping patients cope with cancer treatment. Chapters describe assessment and treatment of common problems including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and cover broader themes in cancer care including the impact on families.

 

 

 

Psychological Treatment of Medical Patients in Integrated Primary Care (September 2017)

Anne C. Dobmeyer

This book provides an overview of integrated primary care for mental health professionals. It describes the benefits and key components of integrated care, with a special emphasis on the Primary Care Behavioral Health model of service delivery. Guided by competencies developed by the American Psychological Association and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, clinicians learn to work within a larger team to effectively treat a wide range of chronic medical conditions, behavioral health disorders, and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that commonly present in primary care patients.

 

Psychological Treatment of Cardiac Patients (December 2017)

Matthew M. Burg

This volume introduces mental health practitioners to cardiovascular behavioral medicine. Matthew Burg reviews fundamental information about the etiology and medical treatment of chronic heart disease, providing a foundation from which readers can learn to assess and treat cardiac patients. In addition to surveying methods and strategies for addressing comorbid psychological disorders, Burg describes how psychologists can help clients adjust to their conditions, change unhealthy behaviors, cope with invasive medical procedures, build social support networks, and face end-of-life issues.

September Releases From APA Books!

The Dynamics of Infidelity 

Applying Relationship Science to Psychotherapy Practice 

By Lawrence Josephs 

In this groundbreaking book, Lawrence Josephs argues for a new understanding of the psychological foundations of “cheating.” Drawing on research in social, personality, and evolutionary psychology, Josephs offers a complex but intuitive model that explains how and when intimate relationships work, and don’t work. His integrative and compassionate approach to treatment is grounded in psychodynamic principles, yet uses interventions from a variety of approaches, including mentalization based therapies, emotion focused therapy, marital communication skills training, and mindfulness/acceptance techniques. 

 

 Critical Thinking About Research 

Psychology and Related Fields 

SECOND EDITION 

By Julian Meltzoff and Harris Cooper 

This second edition of a classic text gives students what they need to apply critical reasoning when reading behavioral science research. It begins with a thorough overview of the research process, focusing on how to assess whether the conclusions drawn in a behavioral science report are warranted by the methods used in the research. The book then provides fictional research articles with built-in flaws so readers can practice their critical thinking skills. 

 

Psychological Treatment of Medical Patients in Integrated Primary Care 

By Anne C. Dobmeyer 

This concise volume provides an overview of integrated primary care for mental health professionals. In clear, straightforward language, it describes the benefits and key components of integrated care, with a special emphasis on the Primary Care Behavioral Health model of service delivery.  Guided by competencies developed by the American Psychological Association and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, clinicians learn to use standard resources to work within a larger team to effectively treat a wide range of chronic medical conditions, behavioral health disorders, and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that commonly present in primary care patients. 

 

Psychological Treatment of Patients With Cancer
By Ellen A. Dornelas 

This volume describes a range of psychological interventions aimed at helping patients cope with cancer treatment. Chapters describe assessment and treatment of common problems including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and cover broader themes in cancer care including the impact on families. Brief, easy to digest, and highly approachable, this is a must-have resource for practitioners and advanced graduate students in or interested in the field of psycho-oncology. 

 

Disaster Psychology

Weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and East Texas. Today, Hurricane Irma marches up the Florida coast after wreaking havoc in the Caribbean.  When the storm passes, media attention will soon shift to recovery efforts.  First responders will undertake search and rescue operations.  More slowly, infrastructure—including housing, transportation needs, and communications—will be rebuilt.  But for many people, recovery requires more than just material needs.  Rebuilding is not possible without attending to the psychosocial needs of disaster-affected individuals, families, and communities.

Hurricane Irma; NASA

Disasters have an enormous impact on mental health and psychosocial well-being. Velasquez et al, writing in the APA Handbook of Community Psychology, explain how the alteration of life plans, weakening of social networks, loss of social support, and fragmentation of relationships between individuals and larger institutions combine with the fear and anxiety produced by the disaster itself to cause significant strain on mental health.  The toll can be especially heavy for those already living in poverty.  Patricia Watson and Jessica Hamblen, in the APA Handbook of Trauma Psychology, emphasize that disasters and disaster recovery cannot be understood in isolation from preexisting living conditions such as absence of information, lack of adequate risk management, inequality, and weak institutions and social organization.  As a prominent NIH study showed, the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 caused the incidence of serious mental illness to double, and nearly half of the subjects—all of whom were low-income parents of young children—exhibited symptoms of probable PTSD.

Although vulnerable people have a wide range of cognitive, emotional, and social capacities to cope with and recover from disaster, mental health remains a critically important but widely under-recognized aspect of disaster recovery. Fortunately, attention is increasing, thanks in part to the emergence of the field of disaster psychology.  According to the APA Dictionary of Psychology, disaster psychology is a specialized domain of training, research, and service provision applied to individuals, communities, and nations exposed to a disaster. A key aim of practitioners in this area is to reduce initial distress, and foster short and long-term adaptive functioning following a disaster.  Public awareness is growing, too, thanks to the efforts of journalists, as well as organizations like Kaiser Permanente, which recently donated $500,000 to Mental Health America of Greater Houston, which helps provide mental health and emotional support to victims of Hurricane Harvey in east Texas.

Individuals can help as well. Mental health professionals can volunteer now with the Red Cross to help individuals in affected areas.  To donate to MHA of Greater Houston, click here.  Florida mental health organizations will be very active post-Irma; local MHA chapters and many other relief organizations will need resources in the weeks and months ahead, as the millions affected by these disasters begin the long road to recovery.

 

REFERENCES

Vandenbos, G. R. (Ed.). (2015). APA dictionary of psychology (2nd ed.).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Velasquez, T., Rivera-Holguin, M., and Morote, R. In M.A. Bond, I. Serrano-Garcia, & C.B. Keys (Eds-in-Chief), Shinn, M. (Assoc. Ed.). (2017). APA handbook of community psychology (Vol. 2). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Watson, P. & Hamblen, J. (2017). Assisting individuals and communities after natural disasters and community traumas. In S.N. Gold (Ed.-in-Chief). (2017). APA handbook of trauma psychology (Vol. 1).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.