Contributions

What Is the Havening Technique and Does It Treat Trauma and Fear?
January 30, 2019


For those who don’t know, I have a YouTube channel. It focuses primarily on talks I’ve given or on videos that my students produce as assignments in my various courses. I’m very proud of the hard work my students have done, particularly in trying to get more evidence-based psychology onto YouTube in the form of …

Preying on the Predatory Journals: A Case Study
December 19, 2018


The primary means of communication in many fields of study—whether you’re talking science, the humanities, or other broad fields—is through publishing articles in academic journals. While I won’t go into the entire history of them, suffice it to say that academic journals have existed for over 300 years, with peer-reviewed journals existing for over two …

Energy Psychology: An APA-Endorsed Pseudoscience
November 14, 2018


As I wrote about in my last column on the best approach for evidence-based practice, when it comes to psychological interventions (and assessment methods), the best option to use are what we call evidence-based practices (EBPs). These are those medications and therapies that have been demonstrated to be effective via well-controlled clinical trials, reducing a …

The Best Approach for Evidence Based Practice
September 12, 2018


Even as a professor of psychology, I sometimes find all the different terms in mental health confusing. Just in terms of licensed professionals, there are psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, therapists, social workers, and a dozen other lesser used terms that could all describe a person engaging in helping someone to improve their mental health. The acronyms …

Do Antidepressants Actually Work?
August 3, 2018


The use of antidepressant medications, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac and Zoloft, have skyrocketed in the past thirty years. If you’re reading this column, then there is an excellent chance that you have either taken an antidepressant medication or know someone who has. The latest data shows that in the U.S., …