October 2009 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 40 No. 9

October 2009 Monitor Cover

Curbing climate change

U.S. Capitol


Increasing psychology's voice on Capitol Hill

In his keynote address, Rep. Brian Baird highlights the field's value to society—and calls for even more outreach.

Insufficient evidence to support sexual orientation change efforts

A new APA resolution, based on an extensive literature review, advises against therapy to change sexual orientation.

Resilient kids learn better

New research by Martin E.P. Seligman shows how a more positive curriculum pays off.

DNA isn't the whole story

This year's Neal E. Miller Lecture explores the hidden power of epigenetics.

A little-known epidemic

Stress, particularly worries around pregnancy, may account for many preterm births.

The stuff of memories

With animal models, psychologists show how the hippocampus transforms raw perceptual information into our recollections.

Old problem, new tools

One of the psychologists who discovered learned helplessness returns to the topic to pinpoint the phenomenon's neurobiological underpinnings.

The nativists are restless

The debate continues over whether we're born with the basic conceptual modules we need to understand the world.

Improving care for people with serious mental illness

By streamlining family-based interventions, therapists can improve recovery rates.

A ladder of health

Psychology explores the link between socioeconomic status and mortality.

Care where patients need it most

Community health centers are expanding care for millions nationwide—and providing tremendous opportunities for psychologists.

Crime and punishment

Effective rehabilitation is absent from most American prisons. How can psychology help?

Inequality in prison

A psychologist looks at ways to reduce recidivism among women by understanding gender differences.

Reducing the risk

As psychologists explore the link between HIV and mental illness, they've uncovered new approaches to help improve the care of clients who have the virus—and ways to curb its spread.

Writing about wounds

Two studies found that expressive writing eased some stress for married soldiers, but may have worsened anger for those with high exposure to combat.

Get them off the couch

To help people exercise more, show them the mismatch between their values and habits, research suggests.

Improving diagnosis worldwide

Major changes are ahead for the world's disease classification system, and psychologists' input is crucial to getting it right.

Smart charts

Electronic health records can improve patient care, but how will they change independent practice?

Roadmap for change

An APA task force previews its recommendations for transforming psychology practice to meet the demands of a new world.

Head of the class

A new APA program gives teachers state-of-the-art information on education and classroom management.

Little-known victims

Violence against teachers is a little-known but significant problem. An APA task force is working to change that.

Operation diversity

At a town hall meeting, participants brainstorm about ways to attract more ethnic minorities to psychology's ranks.

Embrace the future

In his presidential address, James H. Bray lays out the opportunities for psychologists in research and practice.

Council in action

APA's Council of Representatives adopts APA's first-ever strategic plan and receives two reports that highlight psychology's relevance to topical issues.