Join us to celebrate the power of diversity!

 

The American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention starts this week! This year, APA is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Since its centennial, the amount of psychological scholarship that focuses on different races, genders, orientations, ages, disabilities, and more, has grown tremendously. APA Publications welcomes all APA attendees to join us in celebration of the growth of diversity in psychological scholarship over the last 25 years.

APA Books®, APA Journals®, and Magination Press® authors and editors will be available for informal meet-and-greets during APA Convention this week in Booth 128 in Exhibitions Hall E!

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 2–3 p.m.
  • Friday, August 4, 2017 2–3 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

*Subject to change without notice. Visit APA Booth 128 for a complete list of featured guest authors and editors.

Please also visit the APA Journals Facebook page for a Q&A panel with a selection of these featured guests to be broadcasted on Facebook Live on each days of this event! The panels will begin at 2 PM.

If you would like more information about this event, follow #APADiversity17 and tell us what diversity in psychology means to you! You can also find more information here on.apa.org/apadiversity17 or visit the Office of Publications and Databases Booth #128 at Convention.

 

Confessions of an APA Books Intern

Stevie Davall has a Masters of Professional Studies in Publishing from the George Washington University.  She earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from SUNY Potsdam, where she also worked as a marketing intern. 

by Stevie Davall

If you told me a year ago that I would end up as an editorial intern at APA Books, I would have laughed. First because scholarly publishing didn’t have the same exciting appeal to me as trade book publishing. But I have always had an interest in psychology (ever since watching Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island). I’ll even admit to registering as a psychology major at one point in undergrad; I wanted to be a prison psychologist. And second, I wasn’t very interested in editing.  I had assumed all editing was copyediting, with no creative expression—but I was wrong.

APA’s Office of Publications and Databases is big. Alongside APA Books, there is APA Journals, which publishes the latest research in the field of psychology; the PsycINFO suite of online databases; APA Videos, which provides educational training sessions for students and professionals interested in specific topics within psychology; a full Marketing and Sales team, and Magination Press, APA’s children’s book imprint. While I have spent most of my time here working with scholarly books, I have enjoyed sitting in on meetings and getting to know what other types of content the organization produces.

Gaining knowledge of the field through hands-on experience has been invaluable. I must admit, I have learned more in the last few months working at APA Books than I did in the classroom. It became abundantly clear when I first arrived that I would be given a great deal of responsibility.  Despite only being an intern, I was immediately entrusted with formatting manuscripts for development, which impressed upon me that I played a vital role in the editorial process. Once a manuscript is received, the goal of formatting is to make it look as clean as possible, minimalizing any extra white space, to get the page count as accurate as possible. This is especially important for manuscripts that are close to, or over the contracted length. I also notify the production department of any potential design issues.

One of the many perks of an internship is skill-building for my resume. In addition to applying old skill sets to a new professional setting, various assignments have provided me the opportunity to observe, develop, and practice new ones. I have created inventory spreadsheets, sent translation copies to authors, and handled the peer review process.  As a scholarly publisher, we rely on professors, clinicians, researchers, and other professionals to provide feedback on the manuscripts we publish.

I have also worked closely with development editors at APA Books. When a book is transmitted from acquisitions to development, development editors write an editorial review of the manuscript. Rather than focusing on grammar, like a copyeditor would do, DEs focus on broader questions relating to the conception and execution of the work. In other words, they ask, “what are the identifiable issues, and what are their solutions?”

I work with the best, most supportive team of professionals here at APA, and they have provided me with a remarkably memorable experience. I am grateful for the networking opportunities that my supervisors have allowed me to have across the publications department, including meeting and working with other marketing, and production team members, and with other directorates within APA. This internship has provided me with an expansive view of the inner-workings of a scientific publisher.

In the future, I hope APA Books is inspired to continue accepting interns. This is an invaluable opportunity for publishing students in the Washington D.C. area.

Streaming APA Videos

In recent years, APA Video has received numerous requests from customers for previews of our videos.  Customers have also asked for streaming versions of the videos.  More clinicians and students today are watching online video on mobile devices, and professors and librarians want to ensure that students are able to continue their studies even outside of the classroom.  We realize that offering streaming video is important to clinical students’ academic success. Although it’s been a long time coming, we’re happy to announce that the APA Psychotherapy Video Series is now available via streaming. In addition, viewers can preview clips from some of the videos on YouTube.

Video titles are available from our third-party streaming video distributors, Alexander Street Press and Kanopy. To view them, you can go to the APA Videos website, find the video you are interested in, and click the link on the right-hand side of the page (note that not every title is available in this format yet). Titles that are available in streaming video format can be purchased for access of up to 1 year for $150, 3 years for $350 or in perpetuity for $499.

APA Video’s YouTube channel featuring APA Psychotherapy Video Series preview clips can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJCR1PYJyRk-iAkZ-ql4vrA

In the preview clips, viewers can see excerpts taken from full therapy demonstrations (in these cases, there is an actor portraying a client on the basis of a composite case) or excerpts taken from the discussion segment of the program, where guest therapists address questions pertaining to their approach, their interaction with and treatment of the client, and sometimes discuss what they might do differently in an actual clinical setting. We are pleased to be offering these demonstrations of our video products, and are excited to make them more widely accessible to students, clinicians, and researchers alike.

 

 

 

July Release From APA Books!

APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology  

Editor-in-Chief: Shane S. Bush, PhD, ABPP

Associate Editors: George J. Demakis, PhD and Martin L. Rohling, PhD

The application of clinical neuropsychology to forensic questions and issues is growing at a tremendous rate. The APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology (a) presents thetheoretical, statistical, and ethical foundations of forensic neuropsychology; (b) describes current assessment measures and procedures; (c) integrates recently published empirical literature on common disorders and special populations; (d) describes reporting, admissibility, and testimony issues; and (e) proposes future directions for clinical neuropsychology and legal matters.

 

Understanding Violent Men

In June, 2017, APA Books published a special, 25th Anniversary Edition of Violent Men: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Violence, by Hans Toch.  This book first grew out of pioneering studies Toch undertook with police offers, corrections officers and prisoners in the late 1960s.  Later editions arrived in 1992 and now 2017.  Each iteration of the book has coincided with eras in which acts of public violence were a matter of widespread concern and debate, from the urban riots in the ‘60s, to the Rodney King beating and aftermath in the early 1990s, to the recurrent shootings, captured and disseminated today thanks to cellphone videos, of unarmed black men and women by police.  Over the years, Toch’s work has helped illuminate and explain how these and similar violent encounters develop—what perpetrators and victims are thinking, why they are thinking it, and what can be done to stop the violence from occurring.

The impact of Toch’s original book cannot be overstated. It essentially invented criminology as a field of study, and endures today as the ultimate demonstration of how applied psychology can help improve people’s lives.

In his Foreword to this new edition, Series Editor Shadd Maruna explains:

The genius of the work obviously begins with its innovative methodology. In Violent Men, Toch pioneers a methodology that has now become known as “peer interviewing” but at the time of publication surely contradicted every known rule of research and common sense—with prisoners interviewing prisoners, parolees interviewing parolees, and policing veterans interviewing police officers. All of these groups were also involved in the analysis of the qualitative data as it emerged as well. (xiii)

In his Foreword to the 1992 edition—reprinted in the new 25th Anniversary Edition—Bertram Karon writes that Toch’s idea sprang from the recognition that

…both “scientific” investigators and violent individuals understand things, but not the same things, and have biased perceptions, but not the same biases. Furthermore, he knew that people talk openly to people like themselves, but that they do not talk openly to people whom they perceive as likely to look down on them. (xvi)

Toch’s method was useful in ways that went far beyond devising and conducting successful experiments. The book’s practical value is so widespread that it has been used and recommended not just by psychologists, but also social workers, parole and probation officers, juvenile workers, and ward staffs across the world.  Perhaps most importantly, according to Karon:

[Toch’s] technique of including violent individuals in the collaborative study of their own and others’ violence turned out to be a potent technique not only of gathering information and insight but also of enabling violent individuals to understand and master their [own] violence. (xvi)

The implications are profound. As Maruna says, Toch’s work enables

 …even the most disquieting acts of violence become intelligible, even understandable. The book achieves, then, what all great social psychology should strive to do: allow the reader to walk in the shoes of the other and experience the world from their vantage point.  With a title like Violent Men, one might expect (even hope for?) a salacious journey into the deranged mind and cold heart of the “other.” Toch’s readers instead leave the book with just the opposite experience, finding they might have learned more about themselves in the book than about mythological superpredators. (xiii)

To purchase this book or adopt it for a course, click here.

Resources

Toch, H. (2017). Violent Men: An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Violence, 25th Anniversary Edition.  Washington, DC: APA Books.