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2018 LPA Poster Presenters Winners

Upcoming Journal

We are very pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of obtaining ability to sustainably publish a journal that we hope will incorporate the spirit of the previous Southern Psychologist.

A bit of history: The Southern Psychologist was published by LSU Psychology Department during the mid-1980s. Unfortunately, it was a victim of the budget cuts of that era, the first of many.  Despite its brief press run, however, it was influential and earned positive comments from such well-known psychologists as Hans Eysenck, Raymond Cattell, Richard Gorsuch, and Luciano L’Abate to name just a few.   

The reason was its professional relevance and timeliness. Its editor, Dr. Ralph Dreger, ensured its content was pertinent to both practitioners and researchers. It focused on topics important to the South and beyond. This is the spirit we hope to follow.

Our mission will be to emphasize what Psychology can do for our region. The South, perhaps for reason that no one still understands, has been slow to embrace this potential contribution. The results of this failure are all around us.  The mental and overall physical health of southern citizens is poor. The southern education system is often disconnected from advances in cognitive and social psychology. Southern criminal justice systems desperately need changes that are informed by behavioral science.  In the private sector many corporations inadequately understand what organizational psychology now can offer. Consequently, they are not maximally competitive beyond our region.   

To stay in the game, we must do better. We want to provide a venue for what a more psychological approach can accomplish for improving life in the South and beyond.  

To do this we propose a peer-reviewed, open source journal.  Our mission statement will be to reflect issues relevant to behavioral sciences in our region-and beyond. We want to link theory and practice. We will solicit empirical research and theoretical articles but also relevant theory-based case studies. This includes contributes from nonclinical areas, since these often do not have a usual publishing venue.  

Our affiliation is primarily to the discipline and science of psychology. However, an advisory group will be interdisciplinary and is now being assembled.  Because of a grant from our university we anticipate no necessary page charges.

While we will remain editorially independent of other groups, a nonfinancial affiliation with the Louisiana Psychological Association is natural. This is a deeper opportunity for Psychology to assert its identity to a region that has not recognized what we do and can do well. This is very much in the spirit of the original publication and we hope is a way of celebrating 70 years of LPA’s successes in our state.

We look forward to you hearing from us soon, asking for your help, your contributions, your effort, and your manuscripts in this exciting undertaking.

Bill McCown. PhD

MKay Bonner, PhD

Burt Ashworth, PhD

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Co Editors Pro Tem

Contemporary Southern Psychologist

Note from Lt. Governor Nungesser

LPA Health Innovations Group Works to Assist Medicaid Task Force

October/November 2017

Members of the Louisiana Psychological Association Healthcare Innovations Task Force, recently worked to help with discovering innovations that could help the state Medicaid programs.

Members include Chair Dr. Lacey Seymour, Dr. Chris Leonhard, Dr. Deborah Palmer-Seal, Dr. Erin Reuther, and Dr. Michele Larzelere.

In August Dr. Lacey Seymour was appointed as the LPA representative to the Medicaid Integrated Assessment Task Force, a group created by Representative Barbara Norton and others, with the goal to “make a thorough study and evaluation of Louisiana's current statewide system of healthcare delivery for Medicaid enrollees with serious mental illness.” Dr. Seymour is a licensed psychologist and a past-president of the association.

LPA also created a special committee, “LPA Healthcare Innovations Task Force,” including members Dr. Chris Leonhard, Dr. Deborah Palmer-Seal, Dr. Erin Reuther, and Dr. Michele Larzelere. Dr. Seymour is chair. The Healthcare Innovations committee works to “craft, communicate, and apply a comprehensive and integrated role for psychologists, similar to the health service psychologist, with the aim of enhancing and expanding the practice options and contributions of these psychologists within Louisiana’s traditional healthcare system. The committee’s efforts may include, but not be limited to, the following: to assist current policy makers to innovate; to help inform and educate the public and policy makers about psychologists’ broad-based contributions in service of common health goals; to help guide and educate other psychologists in knowledge, skills, and abilities that aid them in understanding and fulfilling, or beginning to fulfill, this expanded role; …” 

In working with the Medicaid Task Force, the LPA Committee members made recommendations to the task force members, including telepsychology services, for the use of consulting health psychologists, and a recommendation to participate in projects currently underway elsewhere in the country with the goal of improving mental health services in primary care.