In The Media

Over-Prescribing Mental Health Drugs Can Be Deadly. Here’s Why ›

GBH | March 01, 2023
Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Lisa Cosgrove said there is a "magic bullet mentality" when it comes to psychotropics, which is why many providers automatically pivot to medication first. "Unfortunately, this leads to what I would refer to as irrational polypharmacy, that is when one agent is added, another agent is added because you are focused on treating individual symptoms rather than looking at the patient holistically," she said.

School Closures Close the Door to Student Dreams ›

Diverse Education | November 16, 2022
Assistant Professor of Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies Dr. Abiola Farinde-Wu weighs in on a new report that details the impact of college closures on student success. This report could have a positive outcome, as the data clearly shows the negative impact these closures have on students, particularly minoritized populations.

Building Something Better: How Community Organizing Helps People Thrive in Challenging Times ›

The Conversation | September 12, 2022
Associate Professor of International Development Meghan Elizabeth Kallman is a co-author of “Building Something Better: Environmental Crises and the Promise of Community Change,” a new book that explores how people adapt to crises and thrive in challenging times by working together.

Racial Gaps in College Graduation Widened Under Funding Model Meant to Boost Performance ›

The Conversation | July 13, 2022
Assistant Professor of Higher Education Monnica Chan co-authored research analyzing U.S. Department of Education data on public colleges and universities in Tennessee and Ohio between 2004-2015. According to the findings, performance-based funding – a policy in which states fund public colleges based on certain student outcomes, such as how many students graduate – hasn’t benefited all students equally.

This Pill Tells Your Doctor if You Didn’t Take It. But Whom Is It Really For? ›

Slate | April 22, 2022
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Abilify MyCite back in 2017 as the first-ever medication with an embedded chip; the medication’s parent company, pharmaceutical giant Otsuka, calls that chip an “ingestible event marker,” or IEM, which sends a signal when it reacts with stomach acid. “Of all medications they could pick, it’s curious they’d pick a medication that’s given to people who often struggle with paranoid feelings, who worry they’re being surveilled and watched,” says Applied Ethics Center fellow and Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Lisa Cosgrove.

Conflicts of Interest Are Common Among Editors and Authors of Psychopharmacology Textbooks ›

STAT News | November 17, 2021
Amid ongoing concerns over conflicts of interest that may affect medical practice, a new analysis finds two-thirds of nine widely used psychopharmacology textbooks had at least one editor or contributing author who received personal payments from drug makers. “If students and residents are exposed to biased assessments about the efficacy and safety of commonly prescribed medications, this can lead medical students and psychiatrists in training to believe these medications are more effective and safer than they actually are,” explained co-author Professor of Counseling Psychology Lisa Cosgrove.

The Dawn of Tappigraphy: Does Your Smartphone Know How You Feel before You Do? ›

The Guardian | November 17, 2021
Tech companies are seeking to analyze data on the way we tap, scroll, text and call to monitor our mental health – with potential consequences for privacy and healthcare. Professor of Counseling Psychology Lisa Cosgrove, who studies social justice issues in psychiatry, raises a more philosophical issue. Digital phenotyping’s intense focus on the individual deflects attention away from what can be the upstream socio-political causes of mental health issues such as job loss, eviction or discrimination. “Certainly there’s a place for individual care… but digital phenotyping misses the context in which people experience emotional distress,” she says.

Early Investment in Child Care Workforce May Pay Big Dividends ›

Commonwealth Magazine | November 16, 2021
Professor of Early Education and Care Anne Douglas writes about how training is key to transformational change in the child care system. "A growing body of research points to the enormous benefits to children and program quality when early educators from all levels of the field have access to relational and entrepreneurial leadership training," she said. "Early educators who receive such training experience transformative shifts in their mindsets."

How Project-Based Learning Can Increase Student Engagement ›

Tech Learning | November 02, 2021
In the return to in-person classes, re-engaging students and making up for learning loss has been a primary concern for educators. “We need students who are coming back to school now to experience learning as it should be, to be excited, to have ownership of it, and also experience success,” says Distinguished Professor of Science Education Arthur Eisenkraft, the co-founder and head judge of ExploraVision, a STEM-based K-12 scholarship competition.

Four Tips for Choosing a Good College – and Getting Accepted ›

The Conversation | October 12, 2021
Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Timothy Poynton shares four tips that can help first-generation college students not only get into the college of their choice, but also secure scholarship money to help pay for it. "In my experience as a professor and researcher focused on how to improve the transition from high school to college, I have found that there is a significant “college knowledge gap” between first-generation college students and students whose parents went to college," he writes. "Given the ever-rising costs of a college education, the stakes of finding the right college are high."