Summer 2016 | Vol. 11 No. 2

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Editor's Note

By: Bryan Reuther

Summer has always been a time I have looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed, mostly because it meant long days, vacations, barbeques, and opportunities to spend time with family and friends. This continues as many of us travel to Denver, Colorado for the annual APA convention for a mixture of professional development, recreation, and spending time with old friends and making new ones... Full Article

Presidential Voice

Let's Celebrate

By: Joan Cook, PhD

APA Convention is just around the corner and I’m hoping many of you will join us for a fun and productive line-up of programming. We have our usual outstanding array of poster sessions and symposia, and a few extras... Full Article


2017 Presidential Initiative

Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Refugees

By: Elizabeth Carll, PhD

Forced migration due to wars, conflict, and persecution worldwide continues to unfold, and the number of people displaced within their country or having fled internationally reached 59.5 million, the highest level ever recorded according to estimates by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)... Full Article

 Featured Articles

Safety Behavior and PTSD Treatment Outcome: A Call to Arms for Investigators

By: Hannah Levy, MA

There is a fair amount of controversy regarding the use of safety behaviors, which are anxiety reduction strategies commonly employed by anxious individuals, during exposure therapy. This newsletter article reviews the current literature on safety behaviors in exposure therapy and considers the applicability of these findings to individuals with PTSD. The article concludes with a "call to arms" to investigators to conduct research on safety behavior in PTSD. Full Article


2016 Presidential Task Forces

Learn more about the exciting activities our task forces will be engaged in throughout the year.

Meet the EC Members for 2017

Please congratulate the winners of the 2016 election for president-elect, treasurer, member-at-large, and professional affiliate!


Division 56 welcomes new fellows who have made significant contributions to the field, please check the application requirements for further information. 

Early Career Professional

Employment is Empowerment: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Women’s Professional Growth

By: Jonathan Marsh, MA

The following article explores the multifaceted intersections of domestic violence and economic empowerment, highlighting the unique challenges that victims and survivors face when striving to maintain or sustain gainful employment. Legal safeguards and advocacy resources implemented to address these problems are introduced from a variety of perspectives, as well as suggestions to further enhance the services of professionals who are in positions to help victims and survivors in becoming economically empowered. Full Article

International Perspectives

International Committee Update

By: Elizabeth Carll, PhD

For those attending the APA Convention and interested in global issues, please be sure to attend the international symposium addressing the global refugee crisis. During the past decade, the number of forced migrants— including refugees and asylum seekers— has reached crisis proportions. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that by the end of 2014, there were 59.9 million forcibly-displaced persons in the world— the largest number since the end of World War II.... Full Article

Treatment and Technology

Mental Health Application Review Database

Divisions 56 and 46 worked collaboratively to create a Mental Health Mobile Phone Application Review database, which currently includes information on more than 40 apps for iOS and Android systems. Full Article / View Database

Student's Corner

Working with Women of Color Who Have Experienced Sexual and Relational Violence

By: Elizabeth Geiger, EdM

In working with women of color survivors of sexual and relational violence it is important to approach this work with an intersectional lens. The following paper explores a graduate student’s experience working with women of color survivors and how the intersection of gender and race shaped these women’s experiences of violence and access to help. Full Article

Who's Who

Get to know Bita Ghafoori, PhD, a member of our awards committee and researcher passionate about mental health disparities. 


I am a Syrian refugee by Ani Kalayjian, PhD.

Member News

What to know more about what your colleagues are doing? Check out the member news section for a summary of activities, books, and presentations Division 56 members are doing. 

Book Review

Kimberly Kalupa, Ph.D. reviews Courtois, C.A. & Ford, J.D., with foreword by John Briere (2015). Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship Based ApproachNew York: Guilford Press, 378 pages..