May 2011 | Monitor on Psychology

Vol. 42 No. 5
May 2011 Monitor cover

On the Cover:
See you in Washington

  • New research, new insights

    APA’s 2011 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 4–7, offers an impressive lineup of plenary speakers. Here are just a few.

  • Psychology’s push for social justice

    This year’s presidential programming asks how psychological science can help ensure access to opportunities for all Americans.

Inside of a cell


The psychology of cells

New techniques are allowing researchers to measure how the environment affects gene expression, leading to some remarkable insights, including the finding that loneliness primes the immune system to turn on its inflammatory response — a risk factor for disease.

Kentucky state prisons have had a 5 percent drop in recidivism, thanks in part to programs spearheaded by Dr. Elizabeth W. McKune (credit: Rachel Seed)


Life after prison

Kentucky state prisons have had a 5 percent drop in recidivism, thanks in part to programs spearheaded by Dr. Elizabeth W. McKune.

Dr. Karen Cadigan co-created an exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota called “Wonder Years: The Science of Early Development,” which teaches the public about young child development (credit: Andrew Thomas Evans)


Opening minds to the ‘wonder years’

Psychologist Karen Cadigan is teaching policymakers and the public about early childhood.

A baby in the early 1900's


Babes in arms

In 1925, a group of early child psychologists sought to procure infants they could raise in a laboratory setting and study around the clock. Just what were they thinking?



APA is front and center at White House bullying conference

Psychologists’ research plays prominent role at a March 10 conference on preventing bullying.

Modern-day slavery

Through public awareness campaigns, education and advocacy, psychologists are working to end human trafficking.

Rooting out problem behaviors

An APA online program trains K–12 teachers on how to handle disruptive classroom behaviors.

A boost for generation next

Terry Gock is donating 10 percent of his estate to the American Psychological Foundation.

Clearing hurdles


Securing tenure

On the tenure track? Here are four keys to making sure you get the ultimate prize.

On Your Behalf


On Your Behalf

What APA can do for you

Ida M. Hernandez, PhD, an I/O psychologist, former nurse and NFL fan (credit: Halverson Photography)
Capitol hill


Building a leadership culture

At the State Leadership Conference, former Surgeon General David Satcher was among those calling for psychologists to take a greater role in shaping the nation’s health-care system.

Pelosi thanks psychologists

The profession’s support has been critical to health-care reform efforts, said the House Democratic leader.

The future of behavioral health care

Over the next decade, insurance company consolidation, Medicaid expansion and accountability requirements will reshape the field.

Parity in practice

Good news: Most health plans are complying with the new mental health parity law.

Step up to help military families

Volunteer groups and nonprofits give psychologists several ways to donate their services.

It’s time to shake up psychology

At a session focused on “productive disruption,” practitioners challenged the way the profession functions and identified what needs to change to secure psychology’s future.

How to work with the media

Researchers, clinicians and journalists share tips on how to ace interviews.

Good work!

APA celebrates 14 companies that are helping employees thrive.

On Capitol Hill

During the State Leadership Conference, psychology leaders met with congressional representatives and staff to advocate for issues key to practitioners.



Douglas C. Haldeman, PhD

Candidate for APA president

Robert E. McGrath, PhD

Candidate for APA president

Donald N. Bersoff, PhD, JD

Candidate for APA president

James H. Bray, PhD

Candidate for APA president

Steven J. Reisner, PhD

Candidate for APA president