May Releases from APA Books!

Toward a More Perfect Psychology 

Improving Trust, Accuracy, and Transparency in Research

Edited by Matthew C. Makel, PhD, and Jonathan A. Plucker, PhD

At its foundational level, the heart of science is that its methods allow for others to believe its results. This foundation is served by trust, accuracy, and transparency. Toward a More Perfect Psychology presents strategies to help strengthen the field by improving research quality. This includes strategies for not just maximizing the quality and impact of one’s own work, but also evaluating and responding to the research of others. Toward a More Perfect Psychology is a vital step in making psychology a stronger, more rigorous science.

 

How and Why Are Some Therapists Better Than Others?

Understanding Therapist Effects

Edited by Louis G. Castonguay and Clara E. Hill

Some therapists are more effective than others, that much is clear; why they are more effective is less clear. To answer this question, Louis Castonguay and Clara Hill compiled this comprehensive guide that brings together expert scholars and clinicians from a variety of theoretical backgrounds. They explore the empirical foundations of therapist effects as a broad concept and propose practical strategies to help mental health practitioners become more effective. Chapters also closely examine specific therapist characteristics, skills, and attitudes that are relevant to all clinical contexts, including therapeutic presence, technical interventions, cultural competence, reactions to negative emotions, and humor.

 

Practical Ethics for Psychologists 

A Positive Approach

THIRD EDITION

Samuel J. Knapp, Leon D. VandeCreek, and Randy Fingerhut

Guided by the American Psychological Association’s “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct,” this book illustrates how psychologists can actualize their ethical acumen in their daily work. The authors discuss a variety of ethically tricky areas for psychologists, including patient confidentiality and inappropriate relationships, and provide risk-reduction strategies as well as a five-step decision-making model for difficult ethical quandaries. This third edition of Practical Ethics for Psychologists includes new findings on the science of morality and on working with morally diverse clients, and ethical issues regarding the use of social media and other online communications.

 

Treating Infants and Young Children Impacted by Trauma 

Interventions That Promote Healthy Development

Joy D. Osofsky, Phillip T. Stepka, and Lucy S. King

Infants and young children exposed to trauma can suffer with developmental, emotional, behavioral, and social problems across the lifespan. Continuing research dispels the myth that children simply “grow out of it,” by demonstrating how trauma impacts neurobiological development and emphasizing the need for early intervention. The authors of this book distill the literature in this concise volume that explores the effects of trauma on infants and young children along with the treatments that are best suited for addressing these effects.

APA Author Discusses Solitary Confinement

In “Last Days of Solitary,” a Frontline documentary that aired last month on PBS, professor and APA author Craig Haney talks about the history of solitary confinement in America, and efforts to decrease its use in the prison system.

Dr. Haney, who teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has spent decades studying the psychological effects of imprisonment and other aspects of crime and punishment.  As a graduate student, he was one of the researchers on the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment.  More recently, he testified before a Senate subcommittee during a hearing on solitary conferment.

He is the author of the APA book Reforming Punishment: Psychological Limits to the Pains of Imprisonment, and has contributed to APA journals, including Law and Human Behavior. 

In Reforming Punishment, Dr. Haney argues that the United States has pursued fundamentally flawed prison policies that don’t just impose punishment, but cause real and lasting harm. He uses modern psychological theory to challenge current prison practices and point to ways psychologists, policymakers, and others can help create a more effective and humane justice system.

Currently, Dr. Haney is working on a new book with APA about the nature of criminality. For more information about Dr. Haney and his work, click here.