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Psychosocial Stress and Cardiovascular Disease in Women: Concepts, Findings, and Future Perspectives
Treating the Aching Heart: A Guide to Depression, Stress, and Heart Disease
LAWSON R. WULSIN, MD
256 pages, 6 x 9 inches
16 figures, 3 tables
bibliography, index, appendixes
Vanderbilt University Press 2007
For those who are curious about the mind-body connection, this book charts the vicious cycle of depression and heart disease. Through vignettes, scientific summaries, illustrations, and practical clinical tips, a new approach to this vexing mind-body problem points the way to better care based on cutting-edge science.
Treating the Aching Heart presents a new view of depression as a broad-reaching illness with a distinct neurobiology, as well as its better known psychological and social dimensions. This book shows how the most up-to-date model of heart disease extends to the biology of depression in ways that translate into tips for better care.
The Biopsychosocial Model and Beyond: Narrative Practices for Medicine and Healthy Living in the 21st Century
by David C. Tinling, MD, 2005
Toward an Integrated Medicine
Classics from Psychosomatic Medicine, 1959-1979
Towards an Integrated Medicine includes 19 seminal, excellent articles published between 1959 and 1979 selection for inclusion by the American Psychosomatic Society Publications Committee. These articles were chosen based on their merit, importance for the field, and excellent argumentation and because they are a springboard to further research.
This book is a useful reference for graduate students, medical students, residents, and faculty in Psychiatry, Psychology, Behavioral Science and other fields studying mind-body aspects of health and behavior.
To order your copy, contact the APS Executive Office.
Neuropsychology of Cardiovascular Disease
by Waldstein, S.R., & Elias, M.F.
Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and many other countries, confers substantial risk for cerebrovascular events such as stroke and vascular dementia. The neuropsychological sequelae of such conditions are well documented and can have a devastating impact on individuals' quality of life. However, prior to the development of overt cerebrovascular complications, persons with cardiovascular disease or its risk factors may display mild to severe neuropsychological difficulties. Medical and surgical treatments for cardiovascular disease have also been found to affect neuropsychological function.
This landmark volume offers the first comprehensive overview of the neuropsychological consequences of cardiovascular disease, tracking its natural history, epidemiology, and treatments. It encourages researchers and clinicians to consider all relevant facets of vascular disease processes in their evaluation, study, and treatment of affected patients, and indicates a need for enhanced primary and secondary prevention efforts.
We hope that Neuropsychology of Cardiovascular Disease will be an invaluable resource to neuropsychologists, specialists in behavioral medicine, neurologists, cardiologists, epidemiologists, gerontologists, and many other health professionals whose work brings them into contact with these challenging patients.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. 10 Industrial Avenue Mahwah, NJ 07430-2262 toll-free order #: 1 800 926-6579 faxed orders to: 1 201 760-3735 book orders can be e-mailed to: email@example.com on-line ordering: http://www.erlbaum.org/
The full reference for our book is: Waldstein, S.R., & Elias, M.F. (Eds). (2001). Neuropsychology of cardiovascular disease. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
There is a 15% discount on books when ordering online.
VISCERAL SENSORY NEUROSCIENCE
by Oliver G. Cameron, M.D., Ph.D.
Oxford University Press, 2002.
The concept of psychosomatic in psychosomatic medicine assumes that the psyche (mind, brain) and soma (body) are in intimate contact with each other, but does not say how. For the past 100 years there has been interest in how this contact occurs, including autonomic nervous system, endocrinological, and immune functions. Focus on nervous system contact has been dominated by study of the brain's influences on the body. Afferent function--how the body talks to the brain--has been largely neglected until the past 1-2 decades. The present volume is the first to summarize both broadly and in detail how these visceral sensory process occur, including both biological and psychological perspectives and data. This topic, and this book, should be of interest to any investigator or clinician (including students) who wishes to know about how the the body talks to the brain, and hence not just the what but the how of psychosomatic medicine.
The Oxford University Press, USA, can be reached at oup-usa.org, and the specific book can be reached by searching that site either by author or title.
Stress & Health: Biological and Psychological Interactions
William R. Lovallo, Ph.D.
Sage Publications, 1997
The concept of stress has long captured the interest of scientists, doctors, and the lay public. In modern life, our most burdensome challenges are often the nagging worries and psychological disturbances that challenge our serenity and sense of well-being. The potential for these mental disturbances to alter our physical health is an idea we all share -- yet, the facts about stress and health are only beginning to emerge in detail. This volume is intended to give the reader a broad review of the history of the stress idea. The book also discusses how mental stress becomes a major challenge for our traditional approaches to medicine and psychology. The text provides an integrated model of how psychological stress can affect brain centers controlling emotions and bodily processes. This model is used to illustrate how stress may affect the immune system, the cardiovascular system, and emotional health. Stress & Health is the only single-source book on the biology of psychological stress for students and researchers in the behavioral sciences. This volume introduces the key organizing principles of behavioral coping in relation to brain function and the resulting impact on the body. These questions are addressed from the perspective of health psychology. The discussion is integrated from chapter to chapter. It builds a systematic base of information that will be a valuable introduction for students and a helpful review for professionals.
The 2nd edition is updated with highlights of recent literature on emerging topics. There are new chapters on stress and the endocrine system and on the interactions between stress and genes. The 2nd edition will be available in the Fall of 2004.
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Psychosomatic Medicine and the Rorschach Test
by Piero Porcelli
Psimatica, Madrid, 2004.
The book focuses on the use of the Rorschach test in psychosomatic
medicine, with particular emphasis on the Rorschach Comprehensive
System. The first part is devoted to the issues of psychological
diagnosis in somatic illnesses, strengths and limitations of the use of
the Rorschach with medical patients, and research data on the Rorschach
and alexithymia, cancer, chronic pain, and other medical conditions. The
second part includes the presentation and the discussion of six clinical
cases of bowel obsession syndrome, pain disorder with psychiatric
comorbidity, post-surgical psychological adjustment in ulcerative
colitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and somatization disorder. An
Appendix illustrates reference data for alexithymic patients with the
Rorschach Comprehensive System.
Available at www.psimatica.com
Psychosomatic Medicine Editor's Choice
Each year, Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine publishes more than 120 articles on a wide range of biobehavioral medicine issues. Click on "more" below to see a recent noteworthy article, Telomere Length Integrates Psychological Factors in the Successful Aging Story, But What About the Biology? - Tim De Meyer. Psychosomatic Medicine (2011) 73:524-507
-Willem J. Kop, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
NCI Seeks Applicants for "Sandpit" workshop on April 24-26, 2017 in Maryland
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will host a "Sandpit" workshop (i.e., ideas lab) on April 24-26, 2017, in Potomac, Maryland. The intensive three-day residential workshop will bring together a broad, multidisciplinary group of participants to generate new insights on how knowledge from different behavioral domains, research fields, and national contexts can be integrated for the purpose of advancing cancer control and prevention.
The workshop will specifically focus on integrating knowledge across five key cancer-related health behaviors: tobacco use, alcohol consumption, dietary behavior, physical activity, and UV exposure. At the conclusion of the Sandpit, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) will invite up to five of the teams formed at the workshop to apply for CRUK seed grants to test the feasibility of their ideas.
Prospective Sandpit participants need to submit an application consisting of the following:
- a CV
- names of two professional references
- an 800-word cover letter describing the applicant's interest in the Sandpit
- a visual representation (e.g., diagram or mental model) that illustrates a conceptual schema of the applicant's area of interest
- a letter of commitment from the applicant's organization or institution
All application materials must be emailed to NCI-CRUK-Sandpit2017@mail.nih.gov by February 15, 2017, at 6 PM EST / 11 PM GMT. Additional details about the Sandpit and full application instructions are attached and available at: https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/hbrb/sandpit.html
Early- and mid-career individuals interested in contributing their expertise and novel thinking to generate transformative ideas are especially encouraged to apply. Travel and lodging will be provided to workshop participants in accordance with NIH policy.
NCI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with a disability.
For more information, please contact:
Kara L. Hall, Ph.D.
Health Behaviors Research Branch
Behavioral Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
Phone: (240) 276-6831
The Society for Affective Science (SAS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering basic and applied research in the variety of fields that study affect broadly defined. To achieve this goal, our scientific conferences will showcase research drawn from psychology, medicine, neuroscience, computer science, law, economics, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, business and otherÂ related fields. Particular attention will be paid to creating contexts in which: (a) scholars of all stages of professional development will interact in both formal and informal ways, and (b) interdisciplinary collaborations will be fostered. Our guiding premise is thatÂ human and non-human affective phenomena (including emotions, moods, and other motivated states) transcend traditional disciplinary differences in emphasis and focus, and that a collaboration across disciplinary lines will accelerate scientific discoveries and the accumulation of knowledge in a range of topics and fields.
Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
Organization for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine has as its central focus patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric illness and the interaction between them. This focus entails clinical work, research and teaching as well as leadership in the provision of medical-surgical psychiatry services. Since its establishment in 1954, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine has served as a meeting ground for collaboration and exchange of knowledge and ideas in the arena of psychiatric medicine and consultation-liaison psychiatry. Among the objectives of the Academy are the advancement of scientific knowledge through study, clinical research and practice, and the furtherance of communication between medically related disciplines. The goal of the Academy's international membership is to ensure the highest standards of education, research, ethics and quality of patient care in the practice of psychosomatic medicine and consultation-liaison psychiatry.
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its 37,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
American Psychological Association - Division 22
The Division of Rehabilitation Psychology was established in 1956 as an organization of psychologists concerned with the psychological and social consequences of disability, and with ways to prevent and resolve problems associated with disability. Members of Division 22 have diverse research and service interests, and include psychologists working in rehabilitation facilities, medical center hospitals and clinics, colleges and universities, private practices, government programs, social service agencies and schools.
American Psychological Association - Division 38
The purpose of the Division of Health Psychology is: to advance contributions of psychology as a discipline to the understanding of health and illness through basic and clinical research and by encouraging the integration of biomedical information about health and illness with current psychological knowledge to promote education and services in the psychology of health and illness to inform the psychological and biomedical community, and the general public, on the results of current research and service activities in this area.
Center for the Advancement of Health
The Center for the Advancement of Health, a nonprofit organization, promotes the science that explores the dynamic relationship among behaviors, biology, emotions, and social context, and works to turn that knowledge into practical health care solutions.
Community of Science, Inc. (COS)
COS is the leading Internet site for the global R&D community. COS brings together the world's most prominent scientists and researchers at more than 1,300 universities, corporations and government agencies worldwide. COS provides tools and services that enable these professionals to communicate, exchange information and find the people and technologies that are important to their work. This link within the COS website contains an updated and searchable list of thousands of funding agencies and announcments.
Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice (EBBP) Project
The EBBP.org project creates training resources to help bridge the gap between behavioral health research and practice. Professionals from the major health disciplines are collaborating to learn, teach, and implement evidence-based behavioral practice (EBBP).
4researchers is an NIH supported project that disseminates practical information to help you conduct research. Get advice from experienced researchers through our catalog of quick tips, Q&As, and presentations.
Health Psychology Arena
Italian Psychosomatic Society
Liaison-Psychiatry Section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Promotion of education, research and effective professional practice in consultation-liaison psychiatry and related fields, including psychosomatics and health psychology. This is a listserv archive.
NIH Office of Extramural Research
In its mission to protect and improve human health, the U. S. NIH uses many millions of federal tax dollars to support basic, applied, and clinical and health services research.
The overarching goal is to understand the processes underlying human health and to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, diagnose, and treat human diseases and disabilities. Each institute within the NIH has a mandate with well-defined priorities that address science and health from a specific perspective, a disease area (cancer) or an area of concern (aging).
Psychwatch re behavioral med in the news [http://www.psychwatch.com/news.htm]
Psychwatch began in April, 1998 as a weekly email Newsletter detailing events and internet-related developments in the mental health field. It has since evolved into a global communication and information network, providing information to those in the healthcare and mental health care fields. The Psychwatch Newsletter has a readership of over 12,000 professionals and students in at least 75 different countries. Our website continues to expand, and Psychwatch continues to develop into new areas to better serve its audience.
PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society
The PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society is an international organization for researchers in a number of scientific and medical disciplines, including psychology, neurosciences, immunology, physiology, pharmacology, psychiatry, behavioral medicine, infectious diseases, and rheumatology, who are interested in interactions between the nervous and immune systems, and the relationship between behavior and health. An important goal is to conduct basic research that can be translated into clinically relevant health applications.
Society for Psychophysiological Research
Founded in 1960, the Society for Psychophysiological Research is an international scientific society with worldwide membership. The purpose of the Society is to foster research on the interrelationships between the physiological and psychological aspects of behavior. To promote this purpose, the Society publishes scientific literature, including the journal Psychophysiology, and holds annual meetings for presentation and discussion of original theory and research, instrumentation and methodology, and new directions and standards in the field.
Society of Behavioral Medicine
SBM has created the premiere scientific forum for over 3,000 behavioral and biomedical researchers and clinicians to study the interactions of behavior, physiological and biochemical states, and morbidity and mortality. SBM provides the many disciplines represented with an interactive network for education and collaboration on common research, clinical and public policy concerns related to prevention, diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitation, and health promotion.
The American Heart Association
The American Heart Association supports research activities broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease, stroke or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering/biotechnology, and public health problems. All basic disciplines as well as epidemiological, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems are appropriate. This link within the AHA website takes you to information about their research grants programs.
The Center for Health and Behavior
Based in Syracuse U., the Center for Health and Behavior seeks: To facilitate externally funded research on the behavioral aspects of health To enhance knowledge regarding health-behavior relationships To create unique active-learning opportunities for students To enhance graduate and postdoctoral training of health professionals and behavioral scientists To provide clinical and educational services to the community.
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
The U.S. Congress established the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in the Office of the Director, NIH, in recognition of the key role that behavioral and social factors often play in illness and health. The OBSSR mission is to stimulate behavioral and social sciences research throughout NIH and to integrate these areas of research more fully into others of the NIH health research enterprise, thereby improving our understanding, treatment, and prevention of disease. This link within the OBSSR website provides information for scientists interested in learning more about specific funding opportunities in the behavioral and social sciences, as well as the policies regulating research and training supported by the NIH.
Venezuelan Interdisciplinary Group of Behavioral Medicine
Our mission is to promote and coordinate comunication among the different health profesionals including researchers, clinicians and teachers.in the psychosocial, biomedical, and other related areas and similate research, teaching and clinical work in behavioral medicine in Venezuela.
UK Society for Behavioural Medicine