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Memories of a Child Refugee

Wray Herbert reports on a study to be published in Clinical Psychological Science that shows memory training to be successful in enhancing the detail of personal memories, ameliorating symptoms of depression and leading to significant improvements in the mental health of teenage refugees:

Psychological scientists have in recent years found that victims of trauma and depression lack the rich autobiographical memories that most of us have tucked away. Their memories of the past—and not just the distant past, but new memories as well—are overly general, stripped of particulars. It’s as if they don’t want to revisit the past in all its unhappy detail, so they only store away broad categories and paraphrases of experience.

Click here to read the full report on Wray’s blog, “We’re Only Human”.

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Meet the Clinical Psychological Science Associate Editors

Tyrone D. Cannon
APS Fellow Tyrone D. Cannon is the Staglin Family Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as Director of the Staglin Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Since receiving his PhD from the University of Southern California in 1990, Cannon has been investigating the causes of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and developing early detection and prevention strategies based on understanding the genetic and neural mechanisms that give rise to these disorders.

Emily A. Holmes
Emily A. Holmes is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. She leads the research team on Experimental Psychopathology and Cognitive Therapies. Holmes has been a practicing clinician since she earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of London in 2000. She earned a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Cambridge in 2005. Holmes has focused on developing empirically driven innovations in cognitive therapies for trauma memory, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Jill M. Hooley
APS Fellow and Charter Member Jill M. Hooley is a professor of psychology at Harvard University as well as the head of the experimental psychopathology and clinical psychology program. Since receiving her doctorate in 1985 from the University of Oxford, Hooley has investigated the psychosocial predictors of psychiatric relapse in patients with severe mental disorders, including schizophrenia and depression.

Kenneth J. Sher
APS Fellow Kenneth J. Sher is the Curators’ Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. Sher earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1981. He is best known for his investigation of individual differences in the effects of alcoholism, risk/protection mechanisms associated with intergenerational transmission of alcoholism, psychiatric comorbidity, developmental aspects of substance dependence, and longitudinal research methodology.

Originally published in Observer Vol. 25 No. 3, March 2012

Advancing New Frontiers with Clinical Psychological Science

Founding Clinical Psychological Science Editor Alan E. Kazdin is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University and Director of the Yale Parenting Center, a clinical-research service for children and families. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois).

Kazdin is a world-renowned researcher and methodologist who has developed, rigorously tested, and implemented effective cognitive-behavioral treatments, including parent-management training and problem-solving skills training, for children with severe aggressive and antisocial behavior. He has provided a model for how to implement high-quality, programmatic treatment research that examines moderators and mediators of change, as well as core issues of treatment efficacy, breadth of impact at home and in school, and factors such as parent psychopathology, stress, and perceived barriers in treatment that predict participation, adherence, and therapeutic change. In a field that has a history of flashy treatments that have proven to be failures, Kazdin has used carefully designed experimental methodology to show the effectiveness of his treatment protocols. As a leader in the field of clinical methodology, Kazdin has been an advocate for expanding the range of methods we use in psychological research, as reflected in his influential texts on research designs in clinical psychology. He has also been an articulate proponent for how research methods can be used in clinical practice as well as a central influence on how to develop and synthesize the evidence needed to identify evidence-based treatments.

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