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There’s been a bit of coverage in the last few days about “Kaspar the Friendly Robot” helping children with autism. The American Psychological Association picked up the AP report:

Eden Sawczenko used to recoil when other little girls held her hand and turned stiff when they hugged her. This year, the 4-year-old autistic girl began playing with a robot that teaches about emotions and physical contact – and now she hugs everyone.

And Eden’s progress is attributed to Kaspar, a robot designed by researchers at the University of Hertfordshire as part of the AuRoRa Project, whose goal is to study “if and how robots can become a ‘toy’ that might serve an educational or therapeutic role for children with autism.” Looks like they’re making progress!

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Open access journal publishing is one way that scholarship and research can be made available to the worldwide community, and a good place to find OA journals is the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Here are some examples from browsing the DOAJ subject lists:

  • Under psychology in social sciences: Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Annual Review of Critical Psychology, Current Research in Social Psychology, Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review.
  • Under ecology in earth and environmental sciences: Avian Conservation and Ecology, Ethnobotany Research and Applications, Urban Habitats, Green Theory and Praxis, Conservation Evidence.
  • For organization and management (business and economics in DOAJ): International Journal of Business and Management; Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy; Information Technologies & International Development.
  • And education journals (listed under social sciences): Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, Early Childhood Research & Practice, Educause Quarterly, Innovate: Journal of Online Education.

Most OA journals are peer reviewed, and journals from DOAJ are included on the ANE Journals A-Z list.

You can also search DOAJ for articles rather than browsing journals. Look for the Find Articles link in the upper left of the homepage.

Have you read an OA journal today?

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I think many folks at ANE would agree with the premise of the video below–especially our solid waste coordinator and vermicomposter extraordinaire, Jess Skinner.

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Kudos to Dr. Christine Frick, 2007 Clinical Psychology alumna, who is featured in this Veterans Administration video on the benefits of telehealth:

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Don’t miss Marti Straus’s presentation tonight in the ANE Community Room:

All the Rage: Helping Adolescent Girls in Crisis
Martha Straus, PhD, professor, Clinical Psychology, Antioch New England
Monday, April 14, 7 pm

Dr. Martha Straus will address many of the issues covered in her recent book, Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope. Many adolescent girls today are in a crisis of rage and despair. How can therapists become more effective with this volatile population? We will explore ten vital principles underlying effective practice with adolescent girls. Learn about practical strategies that work, including harm reduction, inviting resistance, and developing a protective circle of adults. Find out what it takes to stay connected to these struggling girls as you help them become competent, inter-dependent young women.

Check out a copy from the library, or buy a copy from Powell’s Books, an online independent bookseller.

Antioch New England invites the public to attend this free event as part of its Spring Speakers Series.

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The most recent issue (April 2008) of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice includes several articles on working with clients from myriad cultures. If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member at ANE, use our standard log in to access the articles below.

Helping Chinese Parents Understand and Support Children With Learning Disabilities, by Tews, Lisa; Merali, Noorfarah

Engaging Latinos Through the Integration of Cultural Values and Motivational Interviewing Principles, by Añez, Luis M.; Silva, Michelle A.; Paris, Manuel; Bedregal, Luis E.

Effectiveness of Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy With Adult Ethnic Minority Clients: A Review, by Voss Horrell, Sarah C.

Continuing Education in Cultural Competence for Community Mental Health Practitioners, by Delphin, Miriam E.; Rowe, Michael

Working With Multiracial Clients in Therapy: Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice, by Pedrotti, Jennifer Teramoto; Edwards, Lisa M.; Lopez, Shane J.

Professional Psychology is one of thousands of journals for which we have full-text access through online subscription databases. Articles from this journal and others can be delivered to your email each month with Table of Contents alerts. If you’re interested in keeping up with the research in your field without having to leave your desk, contact Cary Jardine (Research Librarian for AP, ED, and O&M) or Jean Amaral (Research Librarian for ES and CP). We’ll help you set up alerts for any journals or subjects you’re interested in.

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Autism and Environment

In 2006, researchers at University of California-Davis launched a research program, MARBLES, examining the link between autism and the environment. According to a Psychology in the News article,

Researchers have long suspected that autism’s causes are rooted in one’s genes, combined with some kind of a hit from the environment. But pinpointing the interplay of these factors has been daunting, in part because the probing tends to come after a child is diagnosed.

A new study at the University of California at Davis will examine potential clues pointing to the neurodevelopmental disorder before it occurs — prior to birth and during a baby’s earliest years.

This research builds on another UC Davis study, CHARGE, Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment.

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