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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
Distinguished Professor of Counseling & School Psychology Carola Suárez-Orozco and Adam Strom, director of Re-Imagining Migration, penned this op-ed on the importance of schools in supporting Afghan refugees. They say that while it’s great to see the warm welcome many communities are offering to refugees, ultimately, it is the follow-through that matters most.
"Schools, more than any other institution, are the places where kids are enculturated into society. If we do not ensure that they are places where refugee and immigrant students can thrive alongside their American-born peers, the loss of economic and social capital will have profoundly negative long-term consequences for the country," they wrote.
A wide-ranging bill aimed at addressing what advocates say is a youth behavioral health crisis would create a group tasked with state officials on behavioral health, provide technical assistance and professional development to school districts, and mandate age-appropriate behavioral health education. Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Melissa Pearrow said 75 percent of youth who seek out behavioral health supports find them at schools.
“That is one of the reasons why we’re helping advocate around this Thrive Act because we see the need for a statewide technical assistance center,” Pearrow said.
The consequences of unaddressed mental-health problems manifest themselves in behavior problems, bullying, absenteeism, academic difficulties, dropping out, violence and crises. Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology Melissa Pearrow shares why school districts are tempted to prefer to have students classified in various special-education cohorts.
Across the board, Black ownership in sports is rare. In the four major men’s American sports leagues, the only Black majority owner is Michael Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA.
While any sort of representation at the highest levels of sport is a positive, J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair for Sport Leadership and Administration Joseph Cooper Joseph Cooper, who researches gender and race in sport, cautions that just having a Black owner doesn’t necessarily equate with change — even if he happens to be one of the richest athletes on the planet who has amassed a fortune in a career that has lasted much longer than the average NBA lifespan.