July/August Observer Volume 26, Number 6

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Organizational Researchers Honor J. Richard Hackman’s Legacy

J. Richard Hackman spent nearly a half century exploring the dynamics of teamwork and effective leadership, leaving an indelible mark on the field of organizational psychology. Hackman, a 2013 APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow, passed away in January, and a few of his former students and collaborators gathered at the 25th APS Annual Convention to honor his legacy. ... More>


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New Frontiers in the Science of Positive Emotions

A symposium chaired by Barbara Fredrickson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offered an overview of several exciting new studies on the science of positive emotions. ... More>


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Meeting the Mental-Health Needs of Survivors of Large-Scale Trauma

The world has certainly had a rough couple of years with the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan, and more recently, hurricane Sandy. In the wake of such disasters attention is often paid to meeting the physical needs of a community, but it is often less apparent what should be done to meet the mental health needs of what is often a traumatized population. ... More>


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Beyond the Guild

Despite the recent national focus on increased access to health care, 55 percent of counties in the United States still have no practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, or social workers. It is clear from such arresting statistics that mental health-care delivery needs radical change. ... More>


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NIMH’s New Framework for Classifying and Researching Psychopathology

For years, practitioners and researchers alike have been anticipating the completion of the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the DSM-5. Those following the creation and release of this new manual have surely heard the controversy and conflict surrounding the changes and revisions included in this new issue. ... More>