Psychology and the National Institute of Mental Health: A Historical Analysis of Science, Practice, and Policy

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"Psychology and the National Institute of Mental Health: A Historical Analysis of Science, Practice, and Policy provides a historical analysis of the reciprocal relationship of psychology and the NIMH. As a history, the book reveals important insights into the remarkable expansion of psychology since World War II and illuminates the role of government in shaping the lives and practices of its citizens through its funding of research, training, and service." This volume serves as a resource for scholars interested in specialized histories about post-World War II psychology and goverment. It fills a significant gap in our understanding of the development of current psychological science and practice and links that development to the emergent relationship of psychology and government.
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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a historic, realistic, and informative look into the National Institute of Mental Health. The book delves into the practices and policies of the NIMH from its humble beginnings to its monumental moments.
Purpose: The purpose is to focus in on the issues of mental health policy, support of research through the extensive grants programs, training for research and practice, and the expanded support of mental health services by the federal government. The book is truly a trip down memory lane in some chapters and overall gives the reader various perspectives from those active and retired about the roles psychologists played at the NIMH. These are worthy objectives as they tell a vastly interesting story and make up part of the history of psychology.
Audience: Psychologists and academics will enjoy this book. This would also be a great "breather" book or supplement to a traditionally dry course on Systems and Theories. The book could stand alone for a course or seminar on the history of psychology. The editors and contributors are well-respected and notable members in the field.
Features: The chapters cover a great deal of information but are realistically limited by space. Two notable chapters include Chapter 2 by Schneider who reflects on his time at the NIMH and Chapter 11 by Albee who discusses the prevention of mental disorders through the years. The book is both subjective and objective, is a refreshing change of pace and highly appropriate for this topic.
Assessment: A poignant and proud addition to the field of psychology, this is a book that we, as psychologists and clinicians, can feel proud of and reflect warmly upon.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591471646
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 12/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction and historical overview 1
Ch. 1 Science, practice, and policy : an introduction to the history of psychology and the National Institute of Mental Health 3
Ch. 2 Reflections on psychology and the National Institute of Mental Health 17
II NIMH support of psychological science 29
Ch. 3 Comparative psychology : a case study of development of support for basic research by a federal agency with an applied mission, 1948-1963 31
Ch. 4 The research grants program of the National Institute of Mental Health and the golden age of American academic psychology 61
Ch. 5 Psychotherapy research and the National Institute of Mental Health, 1948-1980 113
III Training psychologists for science and practice 151
Ch. 6 The historical context for National Institute of Mental Health support of American psychological association training and accreditation efforts 153
Ch. 7 Creating a profession : the National Institute of Mental Health and the training of psychologists, 1946-1954 181
IV Psychologists on site : practice and community 209
Ch. 8 Services at the National Institute of Mental Health's mental health study center of Prince George's County, Maryland 211
Ch. 9 The National Institute of Mental Health and the founding of the field of community psychology 233
Ch. 10 National mental health policy and the community mental health centers, 1963-1981 261
Ch. 11 Prevention of mental disorders 295
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