New and improved
PsycLINK has a wealth of new information,
served up on a more user-friendly Web platform.
BY BETH AZAR
PsycLINK, the practice wiki created by psychologists for psychologists, has a new look that will make it easier for clinicians and researchers to share and discuss clinical
scales, journal articles, websites and more.
versions of documents. “The site is self-explanatory,” says Susan
Wachira-Nyika, a consultant with APA’s IT Services who worked
on the new site. “If you want to share an article, your options will
Accessing the site will also be easier. PsycLINK users
will go through a site called APA Communities at www.
apacommunities.org, and rather than needing a separate
username and password, they can simply use the same log-in
they use to access their MyAPA account.
There, they will find a wealth of information that wasn’t
there a year ago. Practice management issues — including how
to rent office space and how to market your practice — are
among the hottest topics right now, says Mary M. Lewis, PhD,
head of the PsycLINK advisory board.
The website also links to PracticeOUTCOMES, a searchable
database with information about measures that psychologists
can use to monitor patient progress. The database provides
tables of information about a measure’s reliability, the
population it works with and its cost. It can also compare
User-driven sites take a while to gather momentum and
have enough users and data to be self-sustaining, says Lewis.
PsycLINK is “on the cusp,” says Lewis. “Now that it’s more user-friendly and more visual, I think we will get more usage among
early career folks.” n
Beth Azar is a writer in Portland, Ore.