BNSF freight trains crossing the Mojave Desert in California, as seen from National Trails Highway (old Route 66) on November 8, 2013.  I-40 can be seen in the distance on the third shot.  The road passes through Route 66 ghost towns of Essex and Chambless, and the “ghost town that ain’t dead yet,” Amboy, home of the iconic Roy’s Motel (and cafe and gas station).

Photos taken with my trusty Canon A710IS, unprocessed.

Glad to hear you’re drinking the clinical psychology Kool-Aid! I can make these suggestions! Note that the suggestions I make will be 1/10000000 of the research that currently exists (trust me, I counted). I’m only exposing you to some of my favorites. Also for some I’ll just give you author names because some researchers have done way too much stuff for me to pick just 1-2 of their publications. Check the citations for each of these articles, though, and you’ll find plenty more that will pique your interest!

(I’m also going to skip APA citation and just give you the first author, year, and title of the publication. This ain’t no manuscript, yo.)

DSM criticism:

  • Andrews (2007) Dimensionality and the category of major depressive episode
  • Beutler (2002) Diagnosis and treatment guidelines: The example of depression [note: this is a book chapter, but it might be available on a university database]
  • Craddock (2005) The beginning of the end for the Kraepelinian dichotomy
  • Frances (1991) An A to Z guide to DSM-IV conundrums

Evidence-based practice:

  • Brett Deacon
  • Dianne Chambless
  • Scott Lilienfeld
  • Larry Beutler
  • Evan Forman
  • David Barlow
  • Paul Meehl

Articles every clinical psych should know:

Note: this one is a little tougher because within clinical psychology there are hundreds, if not thousands, of sub-fields. People who are interested in anxiety research (like me) probably don’t need to know the intricacies of other sub-fields that don’t have much relevance. So, I can really only give you things that are very broad, or things that are very narrow and specific to certain research interests.

  • Meehl (1973) Why I do not attend case conferences
  • Meehl (1954) Clinical versus statistical prediction
  • McFall (1991) Manifesto for a science of clinical psychology
  • Cohen (1994) The earth is round (p < .05)
  • Beutler (2002) The dodo bird is extinct
  • Blackledge (2003) An introduction to relational frame theory: Basics and applications
  • Chambless (2001) Empirically supported psychological interventions
  • Craske (2008) Optimizing inhibitory learning during exposure
  • Deacon (2012) The biomedical model of mental disorder
  • Deacon (2013) Therapist reservations about exposure therapy
  • France (2007) Chemical imbalance explanation for depression
  • Hayes (2013) Acceptance and commitment therapy and contextual behavioral science: Examining the progress of a distinctive model of behavioral and cognitive therapy
  • Lilienfeld (2010) Can psychology become a science
  • Lilienfeld (2013) Why many clinical psychologists are resistant to evidence based practice
  • Olatunji (2009) The cruelest cure? Ethical issues in the implementation of exposure-based treatments
  • Rosen (2003) Psychology should list empirically supported principles of change and not credential trademarked therapies or other treatment packages

My favorite researchers (in absolutely no order, except for #1):

  • Steve Hayes (ACT)
  • Evan Forman (Empirically-supported treatments; mediators of change; ACT; CBT)
  • Eric Youngstrom (Evidence-based assessment)
  • Brett Deacon (Anxiety; empirically-supported treatments)
  • Michelle Craske (Anxiety; mediators of change through learning theory)
  • David Barlow (Anxiety; evidence-based assessment)
  • Jon Abramowitz (Anxiety)
  • Scott Lilienfeld (Evidence-based practice/research)
  • Larry Beutler (Evidence-based practice/research)
  • Joanna Arch (Anxiety)
  • Diane Chambless (Empirically-supported treatments)

So obviously most of my suggestions are catered to my research interests, which are listed on my about me page. Some of these may not be completely necessary for all practicing psychologists to know (e.g., treatment of anxiety, though honestly anxiety kind of pervades virtually every disorder so it would be wise to have an idea of its etiology), but some I think are necessary to know (e.g., empirically-supported treatments, empirical standards of practice, etc.)

And actually I would like to tag therapy101 and get her list of articles that every clinical psychologist should know and her favorite researchers, mostly so I can expand my collection of publications!

Best of luck to you, anon! Please let me know what other questions you may have.

#TBT. It’s throw-back Thursday and our resident historian and all-around Spirit of Atlanta guru Mike Morris tells us the story behind this amazing shot:

“This photo of Debbie Chambless Gilbert and the late Skip Kelly from 1986 is possibly my favorite of all the drum corps photos that I have taken in the past 40 years.

The photo predates digital photography by about a decade, and I would usually try to find a 1-hour film developing joint the next day on tour (usually at a Wal-Mart or similar place). I don’t remember where the photo was taken, but I do remember picking up these pictures the following day and looking at them as I walked through the store. I came to this picture and it just stopped me in my tracks.”#40YearsOfSpirit