Synopsis: The military is beginning to recognize a new category of emotional and spiritual injury in war–moral injury, a result of committing or witnessing an event such as an atrocity that violate deeply held ethical beliefs. Experts discuss evolution of the concept, how moral injury occurs, and what psychologists are doing to prevent and treat it when it occurs.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Brett Litz, clinical psychologist, VA Boston Healthcare System and Director, Mental Health Core, Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research & Information Center; Dr. William Nash, co-editor, Combat Stress Injury: Theory, Research & Management and independent consultant, Boston VA Research institute.
Synopsis: The new year is a time for people to stop bad habits and start new, good routines. An expert discusses the psychology of habits and how people can be more successful in changing their lives for the better.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Jeremy Dean, psychologist and author, Making Habits, Breaking Habits
Synopsis: Professional musicians often suffer from repetitive motion injuries, while dancers suffer athletic injuries. Both often “play hurt,” in part due to fear of losing position or income, or because they are more likely than most professions to have no health insurance. Experts discuss ways performers are recognizing the problem and seeking to treat and prevent workplace injuries.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Amy Roisum Foley, Professor of Music and Director of Bands, Minnesota State University. Lynne Krayer-Luke, professional flutist and licensed Andover Educator. Dr. George Shybut, Wellington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Cincinnati and Past President, Performing Arts Medical Association. Julie Daugherty, physical therapist, American Ballet Theater.
Synopsis: It’s much more common today for 20-somethings to delay moving out of Mom and Dad’s house to start an independent life. An expert discusses the reasons for this trend, and emerging thought on whether this apparent new stage of life is normal.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Professor of Research Psychology, Clark University and author, When Will My Grown Up Child Grow Up? Loving and Understanding Your Emerging Adult
Synopsis: Almost everyone is victimized at some point by a cutthroat co-worker who lies with ease and feels no remorse. These people may be “almost psychopaths,” people with psychopathic characteristics too subtle to be diagnosed. Two experts explain how these people operate and how the rest of us can avoid being played.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Jim Silver, former federal prosecutor, and Dr. Ronald Schouten, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Director, Law and Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital. They are co-authors of Almost a Psychopath
Synopsis: Heart failure is a major source of death and disability. Experts discuss causes, consequences and new treatments that may greatly lessen its toll.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Deborah Weinstein, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Clinical Research Collaborative. Dr. William Abraham, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Ohio State University.
Synopsis: More than 400,000 Americans are on kidney dialysis, a number that may grow to 2 million by 2030 due to obesity-related diseases. Experts discuss the advantages and shortfalls of dialysis and new transplant waiting list rules that will give the best organs to recipients who will be able to use them the longest.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. David Law, Assistant Chief of Nephrology, Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center & Medical Director, Satellite Healthcare dialysis, Oakland. Dr. Les Spry, nephrologist in Lincoln, NE and spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation.