Last updated on 23rd October 2017
I read a lot of research. When I find an article of particular interest I download it to my bibliographic database - Endnote - which currently contains over 25,000 abstracts. I also regularly tweet about emerging research, so following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ (click on the relevant icon at the top of this web page) will keep you up to speed with some of what I'm finding interesting. Additionally you can view this highlighted research by visiting Scoop.it (click on the "it!" icon at the top of the page). At Scoop.it, I stream publications into five overlapping topic areas: Cognitive & General Psychotherapy, Depression, Compassion & Mindfulness, Healthy Living & Healthy Aging, and Positive Psychology. Here you can scan through abstracts, follow hyperlinks to the original research papers, and search by keyword (click on the funnel icon or in the tag cloud on the relevant Scoop.it topic pages).
Every couple of months or so, I also provide overviews of this research - sign up for the newsletter to receive this information regularly (see the link at the bottom of this page). Clicking on the topic heading Cognitive & General Psychotherapy downloads a hyperlinked Word doc list of 36 excellent recent research articles (mostly from journals published over the spring/summer). So many of these papers are highly relevant to improving our helpfulness as psychotherapists. These include papers by Bailesio and by van Straten on the effectiveness of psychological insomnia treatments, debate in papers by Cristea, by Friborg, and by Ljotsson on whether CBT depression treatment effectiveness is falling (or not), Riblet's meta-analysis of methods used to prevent death by suicide, Schaefer's finding that probably only 15% or so of people get through life without at some stage suffering from a significantly distressing psychiatric disorder, and Ustun's simple WHO screen for adult ADHD. Click on Depression for an overlapping list of 36 relevant studies (this covers medication too). These include Danese discussing the long-term psychoneuroimmunological scars caused by childhood trauma, and Feltes looking at anti-inflammatory treatment of depression. Genovese discusses the high prevalence of anger problems in psychiatric outpatients, Ng meta-analyses the effectiveness of St John's wort, and there are two ground-breaking papers by Opie on dietary interventions for depression. The Compassion & Mindfulness download brings 26 recent abstracts including two (by Ainsworth and by Dethier) that clearly suggest that mindful 'acceptance' of aversive emotional states may be of particular importance for some intervention benefits. Papers by Christie and by Warren highlight the importance of values, and there is much more besides. Clicking on Positive Psychology downloads abstracts & links to a further 26 papers including three (by Friedman, by Hou, and by Smith) on savoring, and an intriguing overview of a new evidence-based intervention for well-being by Kushlev.. Finally, there are 42 abstracts in the Healthy Living & Healthy Aging section including Ahern on optimal duration for weight-loss programmes, Boelen on the 10% prevalence of prolonged grief disorder, Bundy on optimal systolic blood pressure, Livingston on preventing dementia, and Siahbazi on zinc supplementation for premenstrual syndrome ... and much more.
What's not to like? So much fascinating & helpful information here. Remember you can always search these & earlier studies using keywords on James's Scoop.it pages.