Navigating the Mindfield: A Guide to Separating Science from Pseudoscience in Mental Health

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Prometheus Books, Apr 1, 2008 - Medical - 634 pages
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A dizzying array of popular psychology books, articles, and promotion campaigns tout a multitude of remedies for psychological problems. If you or someone you know is seeking therapy, this excellent reference book will provide needed guidance for navigating the mental health maze.

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Contents

Introduction
13
The Public at Risk
33
Initial Thoughts Reflections and Considerations
57
Copyright

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Scott O. Lilienfield, Associate Professor of Psychology at Emory. His areas of expertise are directly involved with this project; they include: personality disorders and anxiety and anxiety disorders. He is the recipient of numerous awards for both research and teaching. He authored an abnormal psych textbook for Wadsworth. He is founder and editor of the journal "Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice".

John Ruscio is Associate Professor of Psychology at Elizabethtown College, where he teaches courses in Research Methods and Statistics, and Research Methods in Social Psychology. His research interests include decision-making, classification and diagnosis and taxometric methods.

Scott O. Lilienfeld received his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1986-1987. He was assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Albany from 1990-1994, and now is Professor of Psychology at Emory University. He recently was appointed a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science, and was the recipient of the 1998 David Shakow Award from Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology. Dr. Lilienfeld is a past president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology within Division 12. He is the founder and editor of the Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, Associate Editor of Applied and Preventive Psychology, and a regular columnist for Scientific American Mind magazine. He has authored or co-authored six books and over 160 journal articles and chapters. Dr. Lilienfeld has also been a participant in Emory University's "Great Teachers" lecturer series, as well as the Distinguished Speaker for the Psi Chi Honor Society at the American Psychological Association and Midwestern Psychological Association conventions.
Steven Jay Lynn received his B. A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University. He completed an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Lafayette Clinic, Detroit Michigan in 1976, and is now Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University (SUNY), where he is the director of the PsychologicalClinic. Dr. Lynn is a Fellow of numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, and he was the recipient of the Chancellor's Award of the State University of New York for Scholarship and Creative Activities. Dr. Lynn has authored or edited 17 books, and authored more than 230 journal articles and chapters. Dr. Lynn has served as the editor of a book series for the American Psychological Association, and he has served on 11 editorial boards, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Dr. Lynn's research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Laura L. Namy received her B. A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Indiana University in 1993 and her doctorate in Cognitive Psychology at Northwestern University in 1998. She is now Associate Professor of Psychology at Emory University. Dr. Namy was recently appointed editor of the Journal of Cognition and Development and serves as the Treasurer of the Cognitive Development Society. She is also coordinator of the joint major in Psychology and Linguistics, and the director of the graduate program in Cognition and Development at Emory. Her research focuses on the origins and development of verbal and non-verbal symbol use in young children, and the role of comparison in conceptual development.
Nancy J. Woolf received her B.S. in Psychobiology at UCLA in 1978 and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at UCLA School of Medicine in 1983. She is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Her specialization is behavioral neuroscience and her research spans the organization of acetylcholinesystems, neural plasticity, memory, neural degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, and consciousness. In 1990 she won the Colby Prize from the Sigma Kappa Foundation, awarded for her achievements in scientific research in Alzheimer's disease. In 2002 she received the Academic Advancement Program Faculty Recognition Award. Dr. Woolf is currently on the editorial board of Science and Consciousness Review and Nanoneuroscience.

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