Pearson Named JMHC Editor-Elect
Quinn M. Pearson, PhD, LPC, has been named editor-elect of AMHCA’s flagship journal, the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC).
A professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Alabama, Pearson served as a member of the JMHC editorial board from 2002-–2008, and will assume the three-year term on July 1, 2011.
As editor, Pearson will organize the journal’s peer-review process, manage correspondence, edit submissions, supervise the editorial board, give feedback to authors, and perform other tasks.
“I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to impact the professional literature in the mental health counseling field and to be involved at a higher level,” Pearson said.
The current JMHC editor, James R. Rogers, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of Akron and the president of the American Association of Suicidology. He has been editor of JMHC since 2005.
Memory Problems Strike Men More Than WomenA new Mayo Clinic study found that the prevalence of mild cognitive impairment was 1.5 times higher in men than in women. The research, part of the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, also showed a prevalence rate of 16 percent.
Mild cognitive impairment, often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, is a condition in which people have problems with memory or thinking beyond that explained by the normal rate of aging.
“The finding that the frequency of mild cognitive impairment is greater in men was unexpected, since the frequency of Alzheimer’s disease is actually greater in women. It warrants further study,” says Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD, neurologist and director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
“If we consider the 16 percent prevalence of mild cognitive impairment in individuals without dementia, then add the 10–11 percent of individuals who already have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, we’re looking at 25 percent or more of the population aged 70 or older who have dementia or are at risk of developing dementia in the near future,” he said. “With the aging of America, these numbers are staggering, and the impact on the healthcare economy, as well as on individuals and their families, is quite impressive. The need for early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is increasingly important.”
The research was published in the Sept. 7, 2010, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Annual Welcome Back Awards Seek Nominations
Established in 1998 to fight the stigma associated with depression and to promote the understanding that depression is treatable, The Eli Lilly Welcome Back Awards recognize five individuals for outstanding contributions in five areas:
To nominate yourself or someone you know, fill in the nomination form and submit it by Jan. 1, 2011. Awardees will be announced in the spring.
Better Loneliness Interventions Are Sought to Reduce Its Harmful Effects on Health
Changing how a person perceives and thinks about others was the most effective intervention for loneliness, a sweeping analysis of previous research has determined. The findings may help physicians and mental health professionals develop better treatments for loneliness, a known risk factor for heart disease and other health problems.
Free Six-Month Listing for First-Time Members of The Therapy Directory
AMHCA members are eligible for a free, online profile in Psychology Today’s The Therapy Directory. A profile in The Therapy Directory will:
Your license information will be verified, and your profile can be live within 24 hours.