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Honoring Veterans Day

As a VA psychologist, I have seen the pain of war on vet's lives and psyche. As an American I hope that we can honor and serve our vets for their service to our country. In…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

November 10, 2011

Drinking got the best of Amy

   When I found out the news of Amy Winehouse's passing I was pretty sad. I found her to be an amazing talent and listened to her music on many late nights working on my dissertation.…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

November 1, 2011

Quickpost: Alcohol costs the U.S. $223.5 billion

That's big money! We often underestimate the national implications of poor health decisions, particularly of alcohol use. The mantra of our country is "do whatever you want as long as it doesn't hurt others." But…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

October 25, 2011

Quick Post!

In response to my increasing work load and resulting lack of time, I have decided to try out a new entry style. These new entries will be labeled "quick posts" and will be shorter in…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

October 10, 2011

APA Annual Convention 2011

A cool thing happened last week when I had a chance to go check out the American Psychological Association's annual convention for the first time. I must say that I really enjoyed the experience and…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

August 11, 2011

Might as well face it...You're addicted to love

We have probably all experienced romantic heart break in one way or another. Romantic rejection can be extremely painful and lead to feelings of loss and even depression. A recent study can shed some light on why…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

August 16, 2010

What makes a good therapist? A miniseries

Does the gender, age, or experience of your therapist matter? Not really!Research runs the gamut on successful therapist variables including both observed traits and states. Firstly, it is both relieving and logical that a therapist's…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

August 2, 2010

Premature Termination: What therapists can and should do

With premature termination resulting in serious consequences for both clients and therapists,  it is persistently important for therapists to be actively involved in subverting early termination. There are several strategies suggested for therapists to utilize…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

July 16, 2010

Premature Termination: When clients leave early

Just as I didn't blog for several months with no discussion or mention of my upcoming absence, many times clients will terminate therapy with no mention of their intentions. Research shows that the average number…

By D. Ryan Hooper Ph.D.

July 8, 2010