In this issue
By Alicia M. Trotman, PhD
This issue is being published much later than expected. I did not anticipate the number of assignments that I had during the months of March and April. Yes, I was a culprit of a planning fallacy and, consequently, I needed to wait until I had adequate time to edit the newsletter. Even though a prevalent norm can be less time to accomplish tasks, there is also a notion that time is put aside to do tasks well. The cost of these actions is a subsequent delay, and I believe the reward is worthwhile. I am satisfied with the product. And this work ethic was acquired from my Trinbagonian parents who always said to me, “Don't finish the task until it has been done properly.” Perfectionist? Perhaps.
And we begin this issue with Jerome Bruner, PhD — one of the few psychologists who is a conversant centenarian. A tremendous accomplishment indeed. His life may mirror the unique and untraditional lives of international psychologists as highlighted in the book review of Pathfinders in International Psychology. These intriguing facts documenting the lives of psychologists are always brought out by our historian, John Hogan, PhD, and his trivia quiz.
We received superb submissions on the themes of fatherhood and mindfulness. My own father recently commented on the large number of men involved in gang violence or on the streets without homes and families. John A. Minahan, PhD, alludes to these concerns that violence is a symptom of toxic masculinity and states that there is an urgent need for fathers to transform themselves into nurturing parents. Secondly, Kimberlee Bethany Bonura, PhD, introduces us to mindfulness and its therapeutic effects as a complementary and alternative medicine. If some clinicians do consider using mindfulness exercises, she provides guidelines and resources.
Besides the featured themes, we were informed by Harold Takooshian, PhD, on the events commemorating the achievements of Stanley Milgram, PhD, including the movie “The Experimenter,” released in October 2015. In addition, Pat DeLeon reports on his work with the Board on Children, Youth and Families (see PDF version).
Finally, we were fortunate to receive an excellent submission from Carolyn Cowl-Witherspoon on religious racism (see PDF version). Recognizing and confronting the privilege that we carry is critical in acknowledging our biases that do become implicit in our own work. And there is room to explicitly tackle those biases as demonstrated by the IamPsyched! Museum Day Live! 2016, Inspiring Histories, Inspiring Lives: Women of Color in Psychology. This event was held to educate girls on the groundbreaking work of women of color in psychology and was attended by our awards coordinator, Jocelyn Turner-Musa, PhD. Issues on race, and that of science and climate change, distinguish the marked endeavors of our current President Nancy Baker, PhD. We hope that you join us in discussions of these matters and all else belonging to Div. 1 at the APA Convention in Denver this year.