Behavioral Sport Psychology: Evidence-Based Approaches to Performance Enhancement

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Oct 142019
 

Sport psychology is a topic of growing interest. Many professionals read journals such as The International Journal of Sports, Journal of Sport Behavior, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and The Sport Psychologist. In August 2008, Monitor on Psychology, the monthly publication of the American Psychological Association (APA), featured a special issue on sport psychology. Indeed, Division 47 of APA is devoted to “the scientific, educational, and clinical foundations of exercise and sport psychology.” The North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP) convene conferences each year to present scientific findings and new developments in a rapidly expanding field. The AAASP and other organizations also qualify professionals as certified sport and exercise psychology consultants. Finally, a visit to any bookstore will reveal the lay public’s fascination with sports, as revealed in numerous self-help books and guides to perfecting athletic performance. Behavioral psychologists have studied sport psychology for more than three decades (Martin, Thompson, & Regehr, 2004). Applied behavior analysis (ABA), in particular, has been an instrumental approach to behavioral coaching in many sports, including baseball (Osborne, Rudrud, & Zezoney, 1990), basketball (Pates, Cummings, & Maynard, 2002), figure skating (Ming & Martin, 1996), football (Ward & Carnes, 2002), golf (Pates, Oliver, & Maynard, 2001), ice hockey (Rogerson & Hrycaiko, 2002), soccer (Brobst & Ward, 2002), swimming (Hume & Crossman, 1992), and tennis (Allison & Ayllon, 1980). ABA stresses the application of learning theory principles, objective measurement of athletic skills, controlled outcome evaluation, and socially significant behavior-change. Cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT, also has been a dominant approach to psychological intervention in sports (Meyers, Whelan, & Murphy, 1996; Weinberg & Comar, 1994). CBT addresses athletic performance through cognitive-change methods combined with behavioral practice and environmental modifications. The purpose of the book described in this proposal is to compile the most recent experimental and applied research in behavioral sport psychology. Several journal articles have reviewed critical dimensions of behavioral sport psychology (Martin et al., 2004; Martin, Vause, & Schwartzman, 2005) but no book has covered the topic with an emphasis on ABA and CBT methodology and practice. Accordingly, Behavioral Sport Psychology: Evidence-Based Approaches to Performance Enhancement is a first of its kind volume.
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Psychobiology of Behaviour

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Aug 202019
 

The book provides a comprehensive reference on the neurobiological understanding of behaviour, how behaviour is regulated by the brain, and how such behaviours in turn influence the brain.
The work offers an introduction to neural systems and genetics/epigenetics, followed by detailed study of a wide range of behaviours – temperament and personality, instincts and drives, memory and cognitive function, sex and sexual differentiation, ethology and evolutionary biology, aging, drug abuse and other problematic behaviors, psychophysiology and ultimately the links to biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology. Research findings on the neural basis of social behaviour are integrated across different levels of analysis, from molecular neurobiology and neural systems/behavioural neuroscience to fMRI imaging data on human social behaviour. The content covers research on both normal and abnormal behaviours, as well as developmental aspects.
The target audience includes psychiatrists, neurologists, nurses, psychologists and all researchers and advanced students in behavioural, social and developmental neuroscience, as well as clinical neuroscientists.

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The Handbook of Behavioral Medicine (2 Volumes)

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Mar 082019
 

Handbook of Behavioral Medicine presents a comprehensive overview of the current use of behavioral science techniques in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various health related disorders.

Features contributions from a variety of internationally recognized experts in behavioral medicine and related fields
Includes authors from education, social work, and physical therapy
Addresses foundational issues in behavioral medicine in Volume 1, including concepts, theories, treatments, doctor/patient relationships, common medical problems, behavioral technologies, assessment, and methodologies
Focuses on medical interface in Volume 2, including issues relating to health disorders and specialties; social work, medical sociology, and psychosocial aspects; and topics relating to education and health

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Handbook of Quality Management in Behavioral Health

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Dec 292018
 

For the first time in history, behavioral health providers are expected to understand and participate in activities intended to access and improve the quality of services they provide. This handbook is designed as a general resource in the field of behavioral health quality management for a very diverse group of readers, including graduate and undergraduate students, payors, purchasers and administrators within managed care organizations, public sector service system planners and managers, applied health services researchers and program evaluators. This volume provides a comprehensive context for the development of quality management (QM) in health services – behavioral health in particular – as well as an overview of tools, techniques, and programs reflecting QM in practice. It also offers perspectives on both internally- and externally-based QM activities.
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Handbook of Disruptive Behavior Disorders

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Dec 292018
 

“For students who have already had a course in child psychopathology, the use of this Handbook would be an excellent choice. The two editors and many contributors to this Handbook have clearly made important additions to our understanding of DBD and, perhaps more important, provided specific suggestions to further our understanding of these and related disorders.”(Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 22:3 (2000)”This book contains the most recent data available about disruptive behavior disorder in children and adolescents and focuses especially on three disorders: attention-deficit /hyperactive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder. Because of the wealth of material known and written about these disorders, the book becomes a historical and scientific study. It is easy to read and its length and depth make it most useful as a reference book.”(Journal of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2000 21(2):156″Professionals and students in all mental health fields will appreciate the extensive coverage of the Handbook of DisruptiveBehavior Disorder. 51 contributing experts and over 2600 references attest to the editors commitment to providing comprehensive, up-to-date information in this important area of children’s mental health. The editors have compiled knowledge of ADHD, ODD and CD from the full range of diagnostic and treatment approaches and condense it into and invaluable resource for clinicians, researchers, teachers and students alike.Quay and Hogan’s Handbook of Disruptive Behavior Disorder is a powerful reference source for any mental health professional. With extensive, detailed coverage of each disorder by both theorists and researchers, the language of the text remains high readable for a broad audience. The ease of maneuverability throughout the book, all-star cast of contributing experts, and in-depth discussion of any and all related topics to the DBDs make this handbook indispensable.”(Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 30: 438:439 (2001)”Including one of the late Dennis Cantwell’s last papers, this exhaustive collection of studies is both thoughtful and refreshingly pragmatic. One actually senses, after putting down this book, that there is hope out there because we now have a clearer understanding of problem long viewed as puzzling and frustrating.”(American Journal of Psychiatry, 158:3 512-513 (2001)
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Kaplan MCAT Behavioral Sciences Review

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Nov 302018
 

More people get into medical school with a Kaplan MCAT course than all major courses combined. Now the same results are available with Kaplan’s MCAT Behavioral Sciences Review. This book features thorough subject review, more questions than any competitor, and the highest-yield questions available. The commentary and instruction comes directly from Kaplan MCAT experts and includes targeted focus on the most-tested concepts plus more questions than any other guide. Kaplan’s MCAT Behavioral Sciences Review offers: UNPARALLELED MCAT KNOWLEDGE: The Kaplan MCAT team has spent years studying every document related to the MCAT available. In conjunction with our expert psychometricians, the Kaplan team is able to ensure the accuracy and realism of our practice materials. THOROUGH SUBJECT REVIEW: Written by top-rated, award-winning Kaplan instructors. All material has been vetted by editors with advanced science degrees and by a medical doctor. EXPANDED CONTENT THROUGHOUT: While the MCAT has continued to develop, this book has been updated continuously to match the AAMC’s guidelines precisely—no more worrying if your prep is comprehensive! MORE PRACTICE THAN THE COMPETITION: With questions throughout the book and access to one practice test, Kaplan’s MCAT Behavioral Sciences Review has more practice than any other MCAT Behavioral Sciences book on the market. ONLINE COMPANION: Access to online resources to augment content studying, including one practice test. The MCAT is a computer-based test, so practicing in the same format as Test Day is key. TOP-QUALITY IMAGES: With full-color, 3-D illustrations, charts, graphs and diagrams from the pages of Scientific American, Kaplan’s MCAT Behavioral Sciences Review turns even the most intangible, complex science into easy-to-visualize concepts. KAPLAN’S MCAT REPUTATION: Kaplan gets more people into medical school than all other courses, combined. UTILITY: Can be used alone or with other companion books in Kaplan’s MCAT Review series.

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Rapid-Eye-Movement Sleep Behavior Disorder

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Oct 202018
 

This book describes a sleep disorder belonging to the category of parasomnias (i.e. the sleep behavioral and experiential disorders) characterized by abnormal vocal and motor behaviors in the context of vivid dreams and loss of the customary muscle atonia during the stage of sleep called REM sleep. REM-atonia – one of the defining features of REM sleep, along with rapid-eye-movements and a highly activated brain state – serves a protective function, preventing the dreamer from acting-out dreams and becoming injured.
REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) was first described in 1986 by Schenck and colleagues; since then the understanding of the condition has increased exponentially, also pointing out its strong association with the development of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by alpha synuclein deposition, such as Parkinson’s disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, and Multiple System Atrophy. Furthermore, RBD is now considered one of the earliest markers of ongoing alpha synuclein neurodegeneration, and provides a window of opportunity for testing disease modifying therapies that may slow down or halt the progression of these disorders for which there is currently no cure.

Additionally, RBD is today known to be present in more than 50% of patients with narcolepsy-cataplexy, and can also be triggered by the most commonly prescribed antidepressant medications (e.g. SSRIs, venlafaxine). RBD has been documented as occurring, with variable frequency, with virtually every category of neurologic disease and has also helped expand the field of dream research.

The volume Editors have pioneered scientific and clinical advances in the field and, partnering with leading sleep clinicians and researchers on this book, have produced an invaluable guide to specialists in sleep medicine, neurology, psychiatry and psychology. There are also strong contributions in this book by leading basic science researchers, and so this book should also appeal to neuroscientists. As stated in the book, “RBD is situated at a strategic and busy crossroads of sleep medicine and the neurosciences. RBD offers great breadth and depth of research opportunities, including extensive inter-disciplinary and multinational research opportunities…RBD is an ‘experiment of Nature’ in which knowledge from the study of motor-behavioral dyscontrol during REM sleep, with dream-enactment, has cast a broad and powerful light on a multitude of Central Nervous System disturbances, their evolution, and their comorbidities.”

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Social Behavior and Skills in Children

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Sep 142018
 

That children are capable of pathology―not only such conditions as ADHD and learning disabilities, but also such “adult” disorders as anxiety and depression―stands as a defining moment in psychology’s recent history. Within this recognition is the understanding that the social skills deficits that accompany these disorders must be targeted for assessment and treatment to ensure optimal functioning in school, with peers, and in later transitions to puberty and adulthood.

Social Behavior and Skills in Children cuts across disciplinary lines to clarify the scope of assessment options and interventions for a wide range of disorders. A panel of leading scholars reviews current research, discusses social deficits unique to specific disorders, and identifies evidence-based best practices in one authoritative, approachable reference.

This volume:

– Discusses theoretical models of social skills as they relate to assessment and treatment.

– Analyzes the etiology of social behavior problems in children and the relation between these problems and psychopathology.

– Reviews 48 norm-referenced measures of social skills in children.

– Examines the range of evidence-based social skills interventions.

– Addresses challenging behaviors, such as aggression and self-injury.

– Focuses on specific conditions, including developmental disabilities, conduct disorders, ADHD, chronic medical illness, depression, anxiety, and severe psychopathology.

Social Behavior and Skills in Children is an essential reference for university libraries as well as a must-have volume for researchers, graduate students, and clinicians in child, and school psychology, special education, and other related fields.

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Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Systemic Practice

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Sep 112018
 

This concise book is for students and therapists who wish to develop competencies in family therapy and systemic practice with children. Using a fictional clinical case, the book describes the contributions of couple and family psychology (CFP) to the understanding and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders among children ages 2 to 12. CFP competencies are presented and applied to the case of a nine-year-old girl with school refusal and behavior problems. The book describes how a systemic perspective affects clinical decisions from intake to treatment termination. Specific competencies discussed include: scientific knowledge, assessment, evidence-based practice, intervention, individual and cultural diversity, ethical and legal standards, and reflective practice. Readers will come away from this book with a clear sense of how to conceptualize and treat common childhood emotional and behavioral disorders from a systemic perspective.
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Handbook of Behavioral Health Disability Management

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Aug 172018
 

This authoritative handbook provides an up-to-date, interdisciplinary understanding of behavioral health issues and their management within disability systems. It examines today’s complex mismatches between providers, pinpointing related obstacles to relevant diagnosis, referrals, and care while making a solid case for better coordination and collaboration between primary care physicians and a wide range of disability and mental health specialists. Chapters review current findings on common job-related mental health and psychosocial issues, and guide readers through the tangle of insurance and legal concerns typically associated with disability cases. This elegant framework models more effective case management, leading to enhanced client satisfaction and functioning, and improved individual and system outcomes.

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