Early career lessons in navigating pediatric chronic pain care during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Grace S. Kao, Ph.D., ABPP Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology Pediatric Pain Psychologist Pediatric Pain Medicine Division|Psychology Section Departments of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine and Pediatrics Texas Children’s Hospital They say time seems to speed up as one grows older. Indeed, it is strange to look back and recognize I have been …

Implicit Organizational Bias

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Miraj U. Desai, PhD  Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry Yale University The American Psychological Association’s new apology and resolutions concerning psychology’s long-standing support of racism and inequity are long overdue. Expansive in scope, the resolutions touch on every sphere of psychology, from education and practice to science and service delivery. And yet, despite now seeking to challenge racism and bias …

(Re-)Shaping NIH: A Call to Action to Elevate Behavioral Medicine

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Matthew M Burg, Shawna Ehlers, Allison J Carroll, KayLoni Olson, Josh Eyer Dr. Francis Collins ended his leadership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in late December. This presents an opportunity for change, for a rethinking of the NIH mission, and for a new focus of NIH funding. The problem We have long known that 40-60% of chronic disease …

38: 43 and Going Strong

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Barbara L. Andersen, PhD, President The Society for Health Psychology (SfHP, APA Division 38) was founded in 1978 as a constituent part of the American Psychological Association (APA).  I note these facts as my career is as old as that of the division’s (please don’t do the math).  I wasn’t trained in health psychology or anything remotely like it.  My …

What’s Inside

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  Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, PhD, MS Clinical Health Psychologist Division of Health Psychology, Institute of Living Spine Wellness Center, Ayer Neuroscience Institute Hartford Healthcare Research Clinical Psychologist Yale Depression Research Program Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine   The Society for Health Psychology is proud to officially launch The Health Psychologist E-zine! The electronic magazine or e-zine reflects the transformation …

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Developing a Workplace Ally: From Friendship to Social Justice

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Krithika Malhotra, PhDMargaret Smith, MDUniversity of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health This is a story of allyship, friendship, and how collaborative relationships can change the systems in which we practice. It emphasizes the meaning of connection, being open to different perspectives and moving toward shared values and goals. This is a story of two women …

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A Letter From the President

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From your SfHP President > Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP What a year! As I write my final communication as SfHP President, I recognize that few of us have the words to fully capture what the past 18+ months have been like for our members, families, organizations, and communities. It is frankly indescribable. No question that we have faced complex …

Psychologists in Scrubs – Caring for Patients with COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit

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Erin L. Hall, PsyDClinical Health PsychologistDepts of Trauma Surgery & Critical CareNeuroscience Institute Geisinger Medical Center Since the late 1990s, researchers and clinicians have become increasingly aware of the fact that the intensive care unit (ICU) is a virtual hotbed for the development of chronic and sometimes intractable cognitive and mental health difficulties.  Delirium, while less pervasive than it once …

HEADucation Initiative

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Allison Verhaak, PhDClinical Health PsychologistHartford Healthcare Headache CenterAyer Neuroscience InstituteAssistant Professor of NeurologyUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine Brian Grosberg, MD, FAHSDirector, Hartford Healthcare Headache CenterProgram Director, Headache and Facial Pain FellowshipDirector, HEADucationAyer Neuroscience InstituteProfessor of NeurologyUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine ———————————————————————————————Headache disorders, including migraine, cluster headache, and tension-type headache, are a leading cause of disability around the world, …

Three funerals and a vacation: Using my professional experience to understand my personal journey navigating a pandemic

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Kristina Pecora, PsyD, MAPPClinical PsychologistUnited States Institute of Peace & NVision You, LLC My husband and I were fully vaccinated at the end of April. We looked forward to re-emerging from the pandemic celebrating a return to friends, family and “normal” life. The post-vaccine invites did, indeed, start coming in . . . for funerals. Suddenly, we looked at our …