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Volume 9, Issue1January, 1996
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On October 16, 1995, having fought the good fight, having lived 80 years, having finished his course, and having kept the faith, Charles Paul Sparks, psychologist, mentor, father, and friend, finally lost his battle with lung cancer. His memorial service was held October 20, 1995, at the Houston, Texas, Bellaire More

Someday it will happen to you. A student will turn in such an excellent, well-written paper that you seriously doubt its authenticity. Or, during a test, you will look up and find a student copying from another student. The sinking feeling that immediately weighs in on you could be overwhelming More

The APS world-wide-web site continues to develop and grow, and now is a good time for another update, since the September 1995 Observer review of the APS Internet home page. A number of changes have been initiated to improve the site’s utility to our web visitors. These changes take two More

Representatives from medicine and psychology endorsed a biopsychosocial approach for treating pain and insomnia over the traditionally used biomedical model at a recent consensus conference held at the National Institutes of Health. At the technology assessment conference October 16-18 titled “Integration of Behavioral and Relaxation Approaches into the Treatment of More

The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS) held its inaugural meeting in New York City, July 1-2,1995, in conjunction with the APS Annual Convention, drawing together some 21 representatives of North American doctoral training programs to draft its founding mission statement and bylaws (see July/August 1995 Observer). The breadth and More

Assessing institutional and individual scientific research and educational productivity is a daunting task, one that recently consumed an issue of US News and World Report and 750 pages of tables and text compressed into a five-pound mammoth report by the National Research Council (NRC). (See story on page 1 on More

Below are reputation scores and ranks of the top 27 PhD programs in Psychology, including top-ranked schools in each of six subspecialties. From US News and World Report, “America’s Best Graduate Schools” rank/school average reputation score. Rank                                      School Average reputation score 1                                 Stanford Univ.                                                         4.8 2                                 Univ. of California-Berkeley                            More

WASHINGTON, DC-APS Director of Government Relations Susan Persons has been elected chair of a Washington, DC-based alliance of nearly 100 organizations who advocate on behalf of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a federal research agency that funds a significant amount of psychology research. Persons has More

I report here on the highlights of the recent APS Board of Directors meeting held in Portland, Oregon, on December 1-3. Twice a year the Board meets, and each year at about this time we hold a retreat with the goal of discussing the larger issues surrounding APS, including long-term More

Weighing in at 2.3 kilograms, Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States: Continuity and Change IS the latest (and fairest?) report on institutional quality in graduate education. Produced by the National Research Council (NRC) (see page 9), this 750-page mammoth study is the most extensive of a series of recent publications More