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New Texas Psychologist Editor




Dr. Jennifer Rockett

What's New?
Those of you who know me well know that I am not one to take the lead on something unless I can make it my own.  So, when asked to step in as editor, I came in like a hurricane with many ideas.  I began honing my goals for the journal by (some were unattainable) thinking of how I have used the Texas Psychologist, and whether there may be reasonable changes that would make the journal more appealing to all Texas psychologists. In consultation with the team (Lauren Witt, David White) and past editors, Brian and Cynthia, I whittled the ideas down to those focused on creating columns that would be attractive to a broad readership.  
The aim is to publish articles that fit into the following categories, each represented by an ongoing column: Independent Practice; Ethics; Multicultural Diversity; Forensic Issues; and Student and Early Career.

How Does Psychology Grow?

In addition to the columns, and in keeping with our 2017 President, Dr. Carol Grothues’ theme, Growing Psychology, the Texas Psychologist (TP) for 2017 will highlight how psychology is growing in Texas.  The definition of growth, in my mind, is broad. Psychology can continue to expand in Texas in a number of ways, whether it be through psychologists engaging in the provision of cross-discipline training, psychologists volunteering their time and energy in advocacy efforts, psychologists creating new niches for the field and encouraging students to broaden their interests and activities (including those of the business of practice), or by simply educating Texans on what psychologists do.  In these ways and more, we will build our profession.  To highlight this evolution, TP will spotlight at least one local area society, student, or Texas psychologist per issue and show how this person or entity is forwarding psychology in our state.  I anticipate the year will bring a host of inspiring ideas.  In the current issue, Sam Houston Area Psychological Society (SHAPA) shares their efforts. Thank you to Drs. Henderson, Elliot, Conroy, and Massey, and graduate students, Ms. Mattos and Ms. Formon from the SHAPA for being the first LAS to submit your story and for contributing to the growth of our profession.  


Forensic Column: Psychologists as Expert Witnesses: A Plea for Neutrality

In this issue’s Forensic/Legal column, Dr. Floyd Jennings explores a common difficulty faced by those of us who do forensic work, an area of psychology that has grown tremendously in recent years.  In his article entitled, Psychologists as Expert Witnesses: A Plea for Neutrality, Dr. Jennings discusses the neutral role that psychologists should ethically adhere to when involved in a forensic matter, and how this role often conflicts with attorneys’ duties for due diligence on the part of their client.  He offers sage advice on handling the pitfalls associated with taking sides, and how to avoid doing so in the first place.



Multicultural Column: Racial Disparity in the Justice System: Moving Forward for Youth

In this issue’s Multicultural column, you will find an enlightening piece by Ms. Anna
Abate, a clinical psychology doctoral graduate student from Sam Houston State University, entitled, Racial Disparity in the Justice System: Moving Forward for Youth. Ms. Abate offers an analysis of the probable effects of internalized biases (whether through race discrimination or internalized racism) on self-efficacy and self-esteem of youth.  She offers suggestions on how psychologists can affect change in this growing concern.


Submissions Needed

Finally, while the changes I would like to make to the TP are good in theory, I have come to understand that it will be a work in progress, because of the lack of submissions typically received.  Thus, as our 2017 TPA President stated in her piece What is TPA Doing?!: “We could do nothing without you!”  Your TPA Leadership team and many of your colleagues are working tirelessly on your behalf, writing educative pieces, talking with legislators, and making personal connections with their legislators and community members for the betterment of our practices, our training programs, and our future.  

I hope you enjoy this issue of the TP and that you find it useful.  Please remember, however, just as TPA can do nothing without you, as your new TP editor, I can publish nothing without YOU!  I invite all students, academics, independent practice folks, closeted authors, to get out your computers and start writing, I NEED YOU, the TP NEEDS YOU; TPA NEEDS YOU!  Please consider helping me to enhance and elevate this journal to be increasingly useful to us all and the public!  I look forward to seeing your submissions in any of the column areas or spotlight focus on your LAS, a student, or a Texas psychologist, and hearing your feedback.  I will look forward to getting to know many of you in my new role as your editor.  

Thank you!
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