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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. Jennings to Lead LPA’s Efforts in Rural and TeleHealth

Dr. Tiffany Jennings, licensed psychologist in Shreveport, Louisiana, will serve as LPA’s Chair of the Rural and TeleHealth Committee, a committee aimed to support psychologists working in rural health and telehealth areas for the association.

 “We are honored and excited to have Dr. Jennings lead this effort for us, an effort that is becoming more critical to those we serve, both in rural areas and for those that can benefit from telepsychology where physical, face-to-face services are a hardship on the client,” said LPA president, Julie Nelson.

 Dr. Jennings is currently the LPA Rural Health Coordinator in conjunction with the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Jennings is a Louisiana native who received her Masters of Arts in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2000. She went on to receive her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2003 before completing her Doctor of Psychology from Widener University in 2006. She completed her Post Doctoral training at Child Mental Health in Wilmington, DE, and the Department of Neurosurgery, Hershey Medical Center, Hershey PA. Dr Jennings completed her MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology through Alliant University in 2013. 

Dr. Jennings has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, state and federal agencies. She worked previously as a Neuropsychologist at Overton Brooks VAMC in Shreveport, LA. Dr. Jennings was previously the Neuropsychologist for the US Army's Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Fort Polk in Leesville, Louisiana. She is now full time in her private practice. ?

Dr. Jennings said that one of the goals for the committee will be to “… develop an ongoing community where those in rural areas, or who serve rural populations, can collaborate with each other.”

She said that sharing experiences as to how to set up various telehealth services and also to review current guidelines will be important goals of her committee.

“Another objective in mind is initiating and continuing the conversation regarding the opioid crisis,” said Dr. Jennings. “… it's a major focus of concern.”

Dr. Jennings has worked with a variety of clinical populations including both adults and children with Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cancer, and auto-immune disorders such as MS and Sjogren’s Syndrome, and other neuropsychiatric/psychiatric conditions.