While adopting a boy from Ethiopia, psychologist Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker realized that many other parents needed more guidance on such issues as how to talk about difficult birth histories. She started offering workshops for adoptive parents and now has a waiting list for her services. Read more about her work and the needs of adoptive families in this month’s Monitor.
While adopting a boy from Ethiopia psychologist Dr Chaitra WirtaLeiker realized that

Building families, one adoption at a time

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New research published in Behavioral Neuroscience® explores the science behind why fathers often treat boys and girls differently, and reveals that fathers' brains respond differently to daughters than sons. Read the full release about the findings here
New research published in Behavioral Neuroscience explores the science behind why fathers

Fathers' Brains Respond Differently to Daughters Than Sons

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Dianna Jimenez
Kenneth Wang, PhD, struggled to navigate two cultures growing up. Born and raised in Taiwan, he spent five years in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as a young boy. From his experience, Wang is convinced that leaving one culture behind to live in another, even temporarily, can shake a person's identity. "I've conceptualized crossing cultural borders as experiencing loss — the loss of relevant knowledge and a...
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Kenneth Wang PhD struggled to navigate two cultures growing up Born and

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More than 100,000 jobs in the United States are held by people with research doctorates in psychology, up from about 70,000 in 1993. Read more about employment trends for research doctorates here.
More than 100000 jobs in the United States are held by people

Which sectors employ the most psychology research doctorates?

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Krish Rao
Steve Kittrell
Our hearts go out to those affected by the tragedy in Manchester. Talking to young people about difficult news can be challenging; here are some tips to help guide conversations about this senseless act of mass violence.
Our hearts go out to those affected by the tragedy in Manchester

How to talk to children about difficult news

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Diego Caroli
Kyle Baker
There's still time to RSVP for Thursday's 125th anniversary speaker series event, Using Research to Prevent Bullying. Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and an international expert in bullying, youth aggression and teen dating violence, will discuss useful prevention strategies, including social-emotional learning approaches, and will emphasize...
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Philip Guillet
Paul Laville
"Live in the moment" is advice many of us find hard to follow, despite our best attempts. A recent article in the The New York Times sheds light on why we shouldn't beat ourselves up for constantly looking to the future rather than living in the now.
Live in the moment is advice many of us find hard to

Opinion | We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment

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Paul J. Fitzgerald
While women sharing experiences with postpartum depression and anxiety is, thankfully, becoming increasingly common, we don't often hear from men who experience mental health issues as new parents. Kudos to Tony Reali, host of Around the Horn, for opening up about his experience with postpartum depression and anxiety on Deadspin.
While women sharing experiences with postpartum depression and anxiety is thankf

A Q&A With Tony Reali About Postpartum Depression And Anxiety In Dads

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Jeff Muehlbauer
Wondering about kindergarten screening? APA's Psych Learning Curve blog outlines why it's important, and offers guidance for parents or caretakers who have questions about kindergarten screening.
Wondering about kindergarten screening APAs Psych Learning Curve blog outlines why its

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Empathy is overrated, according to Yale University psychologist Paul Bloom, and relying on it to guide our moral decisions can lead us astray. Bloom spoke to the Monitor about his book “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.”
Empathy is overrated according to Yale University psychologist Paul Bloom and relying

4 questions for Paul Bloom

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Sohair Hassaneen
New APA research suggests that people who struggle to cope with uncertainty or the ambiguity of potential future threats may have an unusually large striatum, an area of the brain already associated with general anxiety disorder. More detail about the findings here
New APA research suggests that people who struggle to cope with uncertainty

Region in Brain Found to be Associated with Fear of Uncertain Future

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Matthew Henninger
Sanders Kaufman Jr.
APA Fellow Gregory Ball studies brain function and behavior in animals. In his lab at the University of Maryland, his team is studying how the perception of song induces gene expression in the brain of birds and how early experience with different kinds of song might affect that gene expression.
APA Fellow Gregory Ball studies brain function and behavior in animals In

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Can you spot the supersizing? People are not as good at estimating portion increases as they are at estimating downsizing, according to a recent study. Read about this and other new research in “In Brief,” the Monitor’s monthly research roundup.
Can you spot the supersizing People are not as good at estimating

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Paul Laville
Dealing with loss is painful for anyone, but is especially hard for kids. In the latest episode of the Speaking of Psychology podcast, Bonnie Zucker, PsyD, talks about how to explain death to young children as well as the research into the effectiveness of relaxation and mindfulness techniques for kids.
Dealing with loss is painful for anyone but is especially hard for

Speaking of Psychology: Children, loss and stress

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Pankaj Rai
Do you keep vowing to be better about creating and sticking to a budget...but never actually do it? A recent article in Science of Us explains why money management is so challenging and showcases a psychologist's recommendations for reframing the way you think about budgeting.
Do you keep vowing to be better about creating and sticking to

The Annoying Psychology of Why You Can’t Stick to a Budget -- Science of Us

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Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be a shock — both for the person diagnosed and for his or her family and friends. The APA Help Center offers advice and resources to help you support someone living with mental illness through diagnosis and beyond.
Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be a shock both for

Supporting a family member with mental illness

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Interest in our political process has dramatically increased since the 2016 election. People want accountability from their elected representatives and to make their voices heard on issues ranging from health care to immigration to tax reform. Here are 5 simple tips you can use to become a better advocate on the issues you care about.
Interest in our political process has dramatically increased since the 2016 election

“All Politics is Local”: 5 Simple Tips for Becoming a Better Advocate

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Katie Buettner
Sara Barr
Workers who feel valued by their employers are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs and motivated to do their best -- and are less likely to leave the organization in the next year, according to APA’s 2016 Work and Well-Being Survey. Here’s advice from industrial/organizational psychologists on whether a potential employer offers a good fit for you.
Workers who feel valued by their employers are more likely to be

Can I work here?

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Dominique Daen
Varun Singh
APA Fellow Stanley Coren has had a prolific research career, publishing on wide-ranging topics that include vision and hearing, perception, laterality, birth stress, sleep, handedness, behavior genetics and cognitive processing. But he is best known for his research on dogs. He is author of the book, The Intelligence of Dogs.
APA Fellow Stanley Coren has had a prolific research career publishing on

Adventures in Dog Research with Stanley Coren - PsycIQ

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Reminder: Tomorrow is our latest How Did You Get That Job? Webinar featuring User Experience Researcher Dr. Laura Faulkner. She's going to share with us how she applied her psychology skillset to this consumer-oriented career. 05/11 @ 1pm ET Register here!
Reminder Tomorrow is our latest How Did You Get That Job Webinar

How Did You Get That Job? A Q&A with User Experience Researcher Dr. Laura Faulkner

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