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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

Dr. Breidenstine Appointed to Children’s Trust Fund

On December 12 the Governor announced that he appointed Angela S. Breidenstine, Ph.D., of New Orleans, to the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund Board. Breidenstine is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor at Tulane University School of Medicine's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Breidenstine will serve as a representative of the Louisiana Psychological Association.

Dr. Breidenstine earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 2004. She completed her dissertation, “Protective Factors in the Lives of Children Experiencing the Risks of Poverty and Maternal Depression.” She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she continued as a psychology associate. She came to Tulane in late 2005 and she has served as clinical instructor and now assistant professor. Dr. Breidenstine has published in the area, including “Foster care in early childhood,” in the Handbook of Infant Mental Health, C.H. Zeanah, editor; “Like a Different Child: One family’s commitment to healing, one step at a time,” in Zero to Three Journal; and “Attachment and Trauma in Early Childhood: A Review,” in Assessment of Trauma in Youths, K. Nader, editor.

In another press release on December 14, Governor Edwards applauded the Fund recipients and the success of the first grantee meeting of the Trust Fund. Grantees attending the meeting from around the state were awarded a total of $858,960 to be used for child abuse and neglect prevention throughout Louisiana over the next year, said the announcement.

During the 2017 legislative session, administration of the Children’s Trust Fund was transferred to the Governor’s Office through legislation sponsored by Sen. Regina Barrow. Grantees in attendance at the first meeting were awarded money in order to fulfill the mission of the Children’s Trust Fund––to prevent child abuse and neglect among Louisiana’s children and families through building strong cross-sector partnerships and through increased child safety public awareness, said the announcement.

“Protecting our most vulnerable children has been a priority for my wife Donna and I, so we are incredibly grateful for all of the work being done by community organizations around the state through the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund grants,” said Gov. Edwards. “Sen. Regina Barrows’ legislation bringing the fund into my office will allow us to elevate this priority and continue the important work of preventing child abuse and neglect in Louisiana.”

In 1983, following a devastating child abuse fatality, the Louisiana Legislature unanimously passed the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Act to prioritize and separate funds for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Louisiana then became the 5th state in the United States of America to establish the Children’s Trust Fund.

The purpose of the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund are:

1. Support community-based efforts to develop, operate, expand, enhance, and coordinate initiatives, programs, and activities to prevent child abuse and neglect

2. Support the coordination of resources and activities to better strengthen and support families to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect

3. Foster understanding, appreciation and knowledge of diverse populations in order to effectively prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.