Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gender Issues in Psychotherapy

The latest Psychotherapy (APA Div 29 journal, March 2011) is an interesting special issue on evidence-based psychotherapy relationships. Separate articles address various dimensions of psychotherapy including  alliance, empathy, positive regard, congruence, conter-tertransference, etc. Each article follows a fixed reporting format for the evidence base for the category, including “therapist variables” and “patient factors.” Gender as […]

Psychology-a female-dominated profession?

Is psychology turning into a female-dominated profession? A recent article in the New York Times  addresses trends in the gender makeup of professional psychology. In the Health section of the May 22, 2011, edition the article “Need Therapy? A Good Man is Hard to Find,” raises the issue that males have “vanished” from psychology, that their numbers are […]

Pate-Fires v. Astrue, 564 F.3d 935 (8th Cir. 2009): More on treating clinicians vs. expert witnesses

Mental examiners are often asked “to determine whether noncompliance with medication is a direct result of the psychiatric disorder.” This is another interesting US Court of Appeals ruling with implications for psychiatric/psychological testimony. The review of the case in the current JAAPL (39, 1, 2011, pp. 121-123) notes “…mental health providers have a substantial role […]

United States v. Olhovsky, 562 F.3d530 (3rd Cir. 2009): Treating clinicians vs. expert witnesses

Interesting court decision reviewed in the latest Journal of the American Academyc of Pyschiatry and the Law (39, 1, 2011, pp. 119-120). The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that not subpoenaing the treating psychologist at sentencing was reversible error. The treating psychologist is a fact, not expert witness. “The case illustrates the weight that […]