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Restoring Relations with Cuba: Doors Open for Educational Exchange

My “once in a lifetime” travel to Cuba experience for me occurred in 1990 in connection to a forensic case. I remember thinking to myself, “this is an island frozen in time.” As fate would have it, my second trip occurred in 2012, following about 11 months of planning and waiting to obtain permission to […]
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Transgender Rights: The Next Frontier?

From this, only a few days ago (June 2, 2015): Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and […]
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Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Ruling Implications for Immigrants

The legal system has been filled with numerous sensitive issues. Two hot spots have been same-sex marriage and immigration. The landmark 5-4 Supreme Court ruling requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live: “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it […]
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Females, Sports, and Mental Health

Recently I wrote two essays about sports and mental health using American Pharoah’s spectacular Triple Crown victory as a victory. What about girls and women and sports and psychological well-being? If anyone has been following the Women’s World Cup, how exciting it was to see the U.S. oust Colombia and reach the quarterfinals! The U.S. […]
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American Pharoah and Mental Health: Part II

A June 15, 2015 Sports Illustrated article ends with the following: Twenty minutes after the race, Belmont remained nearly full, spectators in thrall. “Look at that,” said former New York jockey Richard Migliore, witness to every past failure. “People still standing. Look at them.” This appeared in the Sports Illustrated issue I just received today […]
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American Pharoah and Mental Health

What does American Pharoah’s spectacular Triple Crown win yesterday, the first since Affirmed won the coveted triad in 1978 have to do with mental health (or even if American Pharoah had lost)? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/06/american-pharoah-triple-crown_n_7526870.html?flv=1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/sports/american-pharoah-wins-belmont-stakes-and-triple-crown.html?_r=0# Research reveals that playing and watching sports has an impact on mental health. Here’s some background: Football can have a major […]
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My Three Faces

From the Verdi’s celebration on April 24, 2015. Psychology With several NYSPA members Law With the Deputy Mayor of the Village of Hempstead and several lawyers (most from the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association) With 10 LIHBA members Social Work With several social workers of the National Association of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social […]
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Deconstructing Accidents

Accident assessments consist of examining a series of potential factors and ruling them out, and if not, what role the factor played. It can get complicated. A factor may or may not be the single competent cause of the accident. It may be a contributing factor. It may be dependent or independent. In the immediate […]
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Balancing the Need for Safety with Employees’ Right to Privacy

Consider the following passage: “As investigators and transportation officials try to determine why a [train was traveling at 106 mph before crashing on a curve with a speed limit of 50 mph], the incident has raised questions about how much employers should know about their employees’ mental health.” It appears to be a sound bite […]
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Another Speeding Train Tragedy?

The driver applied the emergency brakes when the train hit 106mph (170km/h) on a 50mph track, said the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). But his efforts had only brought the speed down to 102mph when the deadly crash happened. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32730783 The engineer reportedly has no recollection: “He remembers coming into curve. He remembers attempting to […]
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