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Brent Smith
Works at University of Houston Department of Educational Psychology
Attends University of Houston
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PTSD remains a problem for public safety officers. 

"I was afraid that people would think I'm weak," said the firefighter. At first, Cunningham didn’t want to tell his supervisors. But after 22 years on the job, the trauma became too much.

"I started seeing all the bad calls that I had ever run,” he said. “Dead bodies, parts of people, horrific accidents," said Andy Cunningham.
After a long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, a Mountie who witnessed the beheading of a Greyhound bus passenger has taken his own life.
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Most scrutiny centers on a new class of antipsychotics sold under such brand names as Abilify, Seroquel, Risperdal and Zyprexa.
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In 1986 kids from a small fishing village in southern Thailand made their own floating soccer field and eventually became one the best football clubs in the south. This is their encouraging story. 
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+sam mcquillin would be interested in your perspective on this.

"Nearly two decades ago, Texas A&M University statistician Valen E. Johnson found himself in the trenches of one of the most contentious fights in higher education: curbing grade inflation — a problem that still persists nationwide, as does Johnson’s interest in finding a solution."

"As a professor at Duke University in 1997, Johnson became the face and statistical muscle behind a first-of-its-kind effort to address grade inflation. The plan would have created an adjusted grade-point average (GPA), but it was defeated because of opposition, mostly from faculty members in the humanities and students worried about having lower GPAs."

"A recent analysis of 200 colleges and universities published in the Teachers College Record found that 43 percent of all letter grades awarded in 2008 were A’s, compared to 16 percent in 1960. And Harvard’s student paper recently reported that the median grade awarded to undergraduates at the elite school is now an A-."

“I think it’s resulting in something of a reduction in academic standards,” said Johnson, the author of Grade Inflation: A Crisis in College Education, published in 2003 and now in its second printing. “There’s no real incentive for change. The students want higher grades. The faculty — because their promotion, tenure and merit increases are based, to some extent, on student evaluations — know they’re more likely to get better evaluations if they give better grades. And administrators don‘t want to jump in to impose reform.”

Read more at http://scienceblog.com/70320/adjusting-gpas-a-statisticians-effort-to-tackle-grade-inflation/#Y11JT0ibpWFyeksJ.99"
Nearly two decades ago, Texas A&M University statistician Valen E. Johnson found himself in the trenches of one of the most contentious fights in higher education: curbing grade inflation -- a problem that still persists nationwide, as does Joh...
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Ever wonder what the most common discredited psychological assessments and treatments used with children and adolescents are? Wonder no more. 

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In the context of intense interest in identifying what works in mental health, we sought to establish a consensus on what doesnot work—discredited psychological assessments and treatments used with children and adolescents. Applying a Delphi methodology, we engaged a panel of 139 experts to participate in a two-stage survey. Participants reported their familiarity with 67 treatments and 35 assessment techniques and rated each on a continuum from not at all discredited to certainly discredited. The composite results suggest considerable convergence in what is considered discredited and offer a first step in identifying discredited procedures in modern mental health practice for children and adolescents. It may prove as useful and easier to identify what does not work for youth as it is to identify what does work—as in evidence-based practice compilations. In either case, we can simultaneously avoid consensually identified discredited practices to eradicate what does not work and use inclusively defined evidence-based practices to promote what does work.
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The history of science is one chock-full of mice and men. Historically, biological and medical research has largely depended on rodents, which provide scientists with everything from cells and...
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Great article. The only thing I would add is that sexual trauma can cause the same sort of hypervigilance - or even attempted avoidance of intrusive and unwanted thoughts - that may be mistaken for ADHD.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/07/how-childhood-trauma-could-be-mistaken-for-adhd/373328/
Some experts say the normal effects of severe adversity may be misdiagnosed as ADHD. 
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Still need a few more foster parent survey takers! $1 donated to the National Foster Parent Association for every completed survey before June 1. The estimated time is 15-20 minutes, with a chance to win 1 of 10 Amazon.com gift cards. For more info please visit http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/1547738/fosterparent
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If you have Chrome you should try the Momentum extension. Every time you open a new tab you're presented with a beautiful background, a chance to plan your day, a to-do list, and a motivating quote. 
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Worried about your child's behavior or feelings? Watch interviews with experts in child and adolescent psychology at http://effectivechildtherapy.fiu.edu/parents
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Research and Teaching Assistant - Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Houston
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  • University of Houston Department of Educational Psychology
    Research Assistant, 2010 - present
  • Harris County Psychiatric Center
    Psychology Prac Student, 2012 - 2013
    Child Psychology
  • Healthbridge Children's Hospital
    Pediatric Psychology Prac Student, 2013 - 2014
  • Galena Park ISD
    School Psychology Prac Student, 2011 - 2012
    Psychology Services
  • Sri Thammarat Suksa School (โรงเรียนศรีธรรมราชศึกษา)
    Math Teacher, 2007 - 2010
  • Hunan First Normal University (湖南第一师范学院)
    English Teacher, 2006 - 2007
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Nakhon Si Thammarat - Changsha - Du Jiang Yan - Houston - Dallas
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I'm currently pursuing my PhD in School Psychology. I love learning about other cultures, particularly East and Southeast Asia, where I lived for 4 years. My dream is to return one day and work for better mental health services for children in the region, in part by helping to train the next generation of practitioners. I am particularly interested in the effects and treatment of childhood trauma.
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  • University of Houston
    Educational Psychology, 2010 - present
  • Harding University
    Psychology, 2001 - 2004
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