Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween

A little fun for the kids… And for the kids in us adults. Borrowing just a wee bit: Twas the night before Hallow And while I did Ween Many creatures were stirring Including a mouse The candy was strung On a goblin with care In hopes many zombies Soon would be there The girls were […]
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NYC Marathon

You’ve all heard, the New York City Marathon is back in “business.” The 2012 marathon was canceled “about 36 hours before the scheduled start, with significant logistical and monetary fallout.” See: http://tinyurl.com/mvgtz88 Sandy had other plans, and the New York City Marathon was one casualty amidst a long string of casualties a year ago. But, we’re […]
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Suicide Assessment and Prevention

As a segue to my post about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: International Survivors of Suicide, this post is to inform you that Shane Owens, Ph.D., ABPP will present Suicide Assessment and Prevention on November 1, 2013, at Commack High School: Suicide Assessment and Prevention Suffolk County Psychological Association Suffolk County Academy of Psychology Shane […]
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Government Shutdown Delays CMS Release of 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Information alert dated October 25, 2013 from APAPO is available here: http://tinyurl.com/kt7ndzm More “Talking Points About Psychology”: Clinical psychologists are major providers of Medicare mental and behavioral services. They provide Medicare beneficiaries with critical mental, behavioral and substance use disorder services including psychotherapy, psychological and neuropsychological testing, and health and behavior assessments and interventions.  They […]
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Is the Over-Prediction of Risk an Epidemic?

A recent blog by Karen Franklin, Ph.D. is an eye-opener and good review for forensic psychologists and introduction to some of the challenges and concerns raging in the professional community in sex offender risk prediction: Black swan crash lands on Florida SVP program …the auditors identified an actuarial risk assessment tool, the widely used Static-99R, […]
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Early Violent Behavior Increases Chance of Post-Diagnosis Violence

I was just sent this article that posted on October 27, 2013, that I thought I’d share:   Early Violent Behavior Increases Chance of Post-Diagnosis Violence   It is on NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) South Bay’s website. NAMI South Bay is an affiliate of National and State NAMI.   Individuals who engage in antisocial […]
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Hurricane Sandy One Year Later: Part 2

At a half-day conference last month at Adelphi University, Hauppauge campus, I talked about the similarities and differences of emotional trauma stemming from natural and human-made tragedies including the “Twin Sandys” (Hurricane Sandy and Sandy Hook). The Sandy Hook Elementary School incident on 12/14/12 is the second deadliest mass shooting by a single person in American history after the […]
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Regulating Sleep Disorders: A Neuropeptide Away?

Alterations or disturbances in the brain’s master circadian clock create havoc and can have serious consequences. Rotational shift work, for instance, has been associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and increased risk of cancer. And sleep disorders are commonplace. The key, suggested by recent research, may lie with the neuropeptide arginine vasopressin (AVP). See M. H. […]
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Hurricane Sandy One Year Later

Hurricane Sandy (aka “Frankenstorm”) killed nearly 300 people in seven countries and affected 24 states saving the worst for the Northeast. Sandy stormed into the tri-state area on 10/29/12. There were power outages galore – for weeks in some places – and lower Manhattan was in the dark for five days.Approximately 125 people perished in […]
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Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam at Amistad

A few weeks ago I was privileged to captivate the Honorable Jenny Rivera’s ear for a short while. Just tonight I had the opportunity to meet and talk to the newest Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, Sheila Abdus-Salaam, at Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association Annual Barrister’s Ball at the Hyatt Regency Hotel […]
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