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Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology, First Edition

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This is the first major text designed to help professionals and students evaluate the merits of popular yet controversial practices in clinical psychology, differentiating those that can stand up to the rigors of science from those that cannot. Leading researchers review widely used therapies for alcoholism, infantile autism, ADHD, and posttraumatic stress disorder; herbal remedies for depression and anxiety; suggestive techniques for memory recovery; and self-help models. Other topics covered include issues surrounding psychological expert testimony, the uses of projective assessment techniques, and unanswered questions about dissociative identity disorder. Providing knowledge to guide truly accountable mental health practice, the volume also imparts critical skills for designing and evaluating psychological research programs.

Author Biography

Scott O. Lilienfeld, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at Emory University. He has authored or coauthored approximately 100 articles and book chapters, serves on the editorial boards of several major journals, and is founder and editor of [i]The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice[/i]. Dr. Lilienfeld is past president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology and a recipient of the David Shakow Award for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology from Division 12 (Society for Clinical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Steven Jay Lynn, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. A former president of the American Psychological Association's Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis), he is a recipient of the division's award for distinguished contributions to scientific hypnosis. Dr. Lynn is a fellow of many professional organizations and an advisory editor to a number of professional journals. He is the author of 11 books and more than 200 articles and chapters.

Jeffrey M. Lohr, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Arkansas/n-/Fayetteville. He has been a licensed psychologist in Arkansas with a part-time independent practice since 1976. Dr. Lohr's research interests focus on anxiety disorders, domestic violence, and the efficacy of psychosocial treatments.

Table of Contents

Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology: Initial Thoughts, Reflections, and Considerations
Scott O. Lilienfeld
Steven Jay Lynn
Jeffrey M. Lohr
I. Controversies in Assessment and Diagnosis
Understanding Why Some Clinicians Use Pseudoscientific Methods: Findings from Research on Clinical Judgment
Howard N. Garb
Patricia A. Boyle
Controversial and Questionable Assessment Techniques
John Hunsley
Catherine M. Lee
James M. Wood
The Science and Pseudoscience of Expert Testimony
Joseph T. McCann
Kelley L. Shindler
Tammy R. Hammond
Dissociative Identity Disorder: Multiple Personalities, Multiple Controversies
Scott O. Lilienfeld
Steven Jay Lynn
II. General Controversies in Psychotherapy
Toward a Science of Psychotherapy Research: Present Status and Evaluation
John P. Garske
Timothy Anderson
New Age Therapies
Margaret Thaler Singer
Abraham Nievod
The Remembrance of Things Past: Problematic Memory Recovery Techniques in Psychotherapy
Steven Jay Lynn
Timothy Lock
Elizabeth F. Loftus
Elisa Krackow
Scott O. Lilienfeld
III. Controversies in the Treatment of Specific Adult Disorders
Novel and Controversial Treatments for Trauma-Related Stress Disorders
Jeffrey M. Lohr
Wayne Hooke
Richard Gist
David F. Tolin
Controversial Treatments for Alcoholism
James MacKillop
Stephen A. Lisman
Allison Weinstein
Deborah Rosenbaum
Herbal Treatments and Antidepressant Medication: Similar Data, Divergent Conclusions
Harald Walach
Irving Kirsch
IV. Controversies in the Treatment of Specific Child Disorders
Empirically Supported, Promising, and Unsupported Treatments for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Daniel A. Waschbusch
G. Perry Hill
The Myriad of Controversial Treatments for Autism: A Critical Evaluation of Efficacy
Raymond G. Romanczyk
Laura Arnstein
Latha V. Soorya
Jennifer Gillis
V. Controversies Regarding Self-Help and the Media
Self-Help Therapy: The Science and Business of Giving Psychology Away
Gerald M. Rosen
Russell E. Glasgow
Timothy E. Moore
Commercializing Mental Health Issues: Entertainment, Advertising, and Psychological Advice
Nona Wilson
Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology: Concluding Thoughts and Constructive Remedies
Scott O. Lilienfeld
Steven Jay Lynn
Jeffrey M. Lohr
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