The growth rate of APA’s Psyc TESTS since its
launch in 2011. The database, which allows
psychology students and professionals to find
tests and measures relevant to their research,
added its 20,000th test this year.
How much daily aerobic exercise it takes
for low-income adolescents to improve
their attention and reading comprehension,
according to a June study in Frontiers of
Psychology. High-income students experienced
smaller improvements in attention and no boost
in reading comprehension after exercising for
who get less
than six hours
of sleep each
night are to
be obese by
age 21 than those who sleep more than eight
hours, according to a study in The Journal of
How much more likely people with autism
spectrum disorder are to experience unwanted
sexual contact than people without the disorder,
according to a study in the Journal of Autism
and Developmental Disorders.
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help K– 12 teachers and others recognize and respond to signs
of mental health problems in students, and improve access
to treatment for young people with serious mental health
conditions. In addition, the SAMHSA-funded National Action
Alliance for Suicide Prevention has launched the “Your Life
Matters!” campaign, which encourages faith communities
to devote one Sabbath a year to suicide prevention activities.
SAMHSA will also soon release a suicide-prevention app
called “Suicide Safe” to help health-care providers better
integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practices.
And the Veterans Health Administration plans to expand
suicide-prevention training beyond clinicians to include all
But more needs to happen, psychologist Joel A. Dvoskin,
PhD, told congressional leaders at a hearing on suicide
prevention and treatment at the U.S. House of Representatives
on Sept. 22. Dvoskin was a member of a panel that included
Acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak, MD, among
Testifying on behalf of APA, Dvoskin told the House
Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and
Investigations that suicide is still among the top 10 causes of
death in the United States.
“Over the many years I have worked in this field, I have
seen tremendous progress in identifying approaches to reduce
completed suicides, attempts, ideation and feelings,” said
Dvoskin, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University
of Arizona. “However, we do not implement these tools
effectively and broadly enough.”
Dvoskin called on Congress to:
• Ensure insurance coverage for prevention services.
• Increase access to screening for depression, suicide and
other mental health concerns across the lifespan.
• Increase the dissemination of evidence-based treatments
for all populations.
He also urged Congress to help increase the number of
psychologists and other mental health professionals and
support reauthorization of key behavioral health programs,
including the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the
Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act
and the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.
“Because the risk factors associated with suicide are
multifaceted and vary across groups, suicide prevention
demands comprehensive, evidence-based efforts across
many settings,” said Dvoskin. “We must reduce the barriers
to violence prevention and mental health treatment for all
Americans and provide the community supports so that our
citizens can build lives of meaning and purpose.”
— REBECCA A. CLAY