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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 Women
A 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:

  • Lifetime Achievement: for an individual whose perseverance has helped him or her overcome clinical depression and resume a fulfilling life;
  • Destigmatization: for an individual whose noteworthy public efforts have helped promote the understanding of depression and reduce the shame associated with the illness;
  • Community Service: for an individual whose outstanding work has created and improved community programs that foster a supportive, caring environment for those suffering from depression;
  • Primary Care: for a healthcare professional whose unique approach to identifying particular needs in depression diagnosis and treatment serves as an example to others; and
  • Psychiatry: for a psychiatrist who transcends the profession through community work, innovative clinical programs, teaching, new research, outstanding work with patients, or who makes a significant impact on the community or other medical disciplines.

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.

Recently, researchers have illuminated the negative influence of loneliness on blood pressure, sleep quality, dementia, and other health measures. Those effects suggest that loneliness is a health risk factor, similar to obesity or smoking, which can be targeted to improve patients’ health in several dimensions.

“People are becoming more isolated, and this health problem is likely to grow,” said John Cacioppo, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. “If we know that loneliness is involved in health problems, the next question is what we can do to mitigate it.”

To determine the most effective method for reducing loneliness, Cacioppo and a team of researchers from the University of Chicago examined the long history of research on the topic. Published online in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review, their meta-analysis found that the best interventions targeted social cognition rather than social skills or opportunities for social interaction. Social cognition refers to a person’s thoughts about themselves and others.

Studies that used cognitive-behavioral therapy were found to be particularly effective, the authors reported.

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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:

  • Generate referrals from Psychology Today,
  • Move your practice to the top of Google when potential clients search for a “therapist” in your area,
  • Feature your practice on WebMD and more than 20 other partner sites,
  • Give you accessibility to exchange tips, office space notices, and referrals with mental health counselors across the country.

Your license information will be verified, and your profile can be live within 24 hours. 

During signup you will be asked for your credit card, which will not be charged during the first six months. If you would like to continue your listing after six months, you will be billed for $30 each month. 

This benefit for AMHCA members is worth $180 and is only valid for first-time members of Psychology Today’s Therapy Directory.

Click here for more information about how to create an online profile for your practice, and to sign up for an online profile in The Therapy Directory.

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