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The E-mail That Changed My Life

Zeeshan Butt, PhD Associate Professor, Medical Social Sciences, Surgery (Organ Transplantation), & Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine   In November 2010, I got an e-mail that changed my life. For those of you who don’t know me yet, I’m not prone to hyperbole. The e-mail in question was from the Society’s President, Chris France, and our Administrative Officer, Barbara Keeton, letting me … Continue reading The E-mail That Changed My Life

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The Call From Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, PhD, M.Sc. Associate Research Scientist Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry   Okay, so I haven’t received a call from my academic hero Dr. Sanjay Gupta, but at least the headline got your attention. Most academics can relate to the first time they saw their “academic crush” at a conference, a researcher who authored a seminal journal article or a leader in … Continue reading The Call From Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

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Más Que Palabras (More Than Words): Time for Action Steps to Diversify the Health Psychology Workforce

James J. García, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Maleeha T. Abbas, B.Sc., Doctoral Student University of La Verne   The Need for a Diverse Workforce Joaquín comes from a Mexican American family; his father, Joaquín Sr., immigrated to the U.S. as a migrant worker and was employed by the meat processing industry in the 1980’s. After 30 years working in the meat processing industry, Joaquín Sr. passed … Continue reading Más Que Palabras (More Than Words): Time for Action Steps to Diversify the Health Psychology Workforce

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How Working Alongside Health Psychologists Influenced My Scope of Medical Practice

Sara Guevara, MD Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY   Understanding the importance of the mind and body connection was one of the most important goals early in my medical career. My interest in becoming a primary care provider was initiated by witnessing the necessity of practicing medicine within a biopsychosocial model of medicine to provide optimal health care and help address health disparities. During my … Continue reading How Working Alongside Health Psychologists Influenced My Scope of Medical Practice

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How Cancer Treatment Varies with Marital Status, and Why It Shouldn’t

Joan DelFattore, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, University of Delaware “You have no husband?” asked the oncologist, his voice full of concern. “No,” I replied. Nor do I have children or other immediate family. “Then how will you manage?” he exclaimed. The answer was a strong network of friends, cousins, colleagues, and neighbors — but when I tried to tell him that, he interrupted to describe the … Continue reading How Cancer Treatment Varies with Marital Status, and Why It Shouldn’t

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Power of the Student Voice

Jessica Naftaly, M.S. Doctoral Student, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science   I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Chair of the SfHP’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). I am a clinical psychology doctoral student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. I have served on SAC for two years as the membership committee co-chair and one year as the chair-elect. I … Continue reading Power of the Student Voice

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Not A Student And Not Yet An Independent Psychologist

Creating space for the postdoctoral trainee along with the joys and hardships that come with this unique phase of professional development. KayLoni Olson, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, Albert Medical School of Brown University “Feels like I’m caught in the middle, that’s when I realize, I’m not a girl, not yet a woman”—was pop starlet Britney Spears  singing about the plight of the postdoc when she sang … Continue reading Not A Student And Not Yet An Independent Psychologist

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Reverse Translation: Bridging the Practice-to-Research Gap

Kenneth E. Freedland, PhD, FAHA, FABMR Editor-in-Chief, Health Psychology Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Washington University School of Medicine Most discussions of the research-practice gap in health psychology focus on gaps in the implementation of clinically significant research findings. This makes it seem as though information flows in only one direction between research and practice.  In fact, the flow of information in the opposite direction … Continue reading Reverse Translation: Bridging the Practice-to-Research Gap