Last updated on 2nd November 2016
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 well over 23,000 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 PDF list of 36 excellent recent research articles (mostly from journals published over this spring). So many of these papers are highly relevant to improving our helpfulness as psychotherapists. These include three (Anderson x 2 and Schottke) on the central importance of therapist interpersonal skills (especially during conflict), a couple on attachment (Berry and Fleischman), Crawford's ground-breaking demonstration that 5% of clients report lasting harm from therapy, Levitt on therapist self-disclosure, and Rousmaniere on effects of supervision on therapy outcome. Click on Depression for an overlapping list of 40 relevant studies (this covers medication too). These include Chisolm on management of psychotropic drugs during pregnancy, Edmondson's systematic review of non-suicidal reasons for self-harm, Haugen on three key questions for identifying depression in adolescents, Hughes on unrecognised bipolar disorder, and Jakubovski's systematic review of dose-response in SSRI's. The Compassion & Mindfulness link brings 32 recent abstracts including Bibeau's review of whether compassion meditation can boost psychotherapists' empathy, Cherkin's ground-breaking work on mindfulness training's benefits for chronic low back pain, Elsendrath on MBCT for treatment-resistant depression, Fellu-Soler on loving kindness meditation with borderline personality disorder, and Felver's systematic review of mindfulness teaching in schools. Clicking on Positive Psychology downloads abstracts and links to 20 papers including Balzarotti on the importance of 'personal growth' & 'problem solving' coping styles for well-being, Capaldi on flourishing & nature, Cohen's meta-analysis of purpose in life & increased life expectation, and Hayes on using positive emotions in expressive writing. Finally, there are 50 abstracts in the Healthy Living & Healthy Aging section including Cashman on vitamin D deficiency across Europe, Cassidy on the association between increased fruit intake & lower risk of erectile dysfunction, Endrighi on sedentariness & mood, Gillen on the value of high intensity exercise training, Girme's intriguing paper on being "happily single", and Gordon's work on how feeling understood reduces the negative effects of interpersonal conflict.
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.