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Upfront Thinkstock New member benefit: prevention screenings the APA Practice organization is joining forces with the nation’s leading provider of preventive screenings, Life Line Screening, to provide preventive health screenings to APA members at a discounted rate. the screenings available are: • Carotid artery screening: non-invasive Doppler ultrasound is used to visualize the carotid arteries, which carry blood to the brain. • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening: Ultrasound to see the abdominal aorta, the largest artery in the body, to measure the diameter of the aorta. this measurement can indicate if there is a weakening in the aortic wall which can cause aneurysms. • Atrial fibrillation screening: An eKG machine is used to identify this irregular heart rhythm, which can increase the risk of stroke. • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) screening: Also known as “hardening of the arteries,” PAD is tested by measuring systolic pressure in the ankle and arm. • osteoporosis screening: An ultrasound of the heel to determine bone density. to make an appointment, members can call (866) 204-9295. the cost for four screenings is $135 for APA members. to learn more about Life Line Screening, visit www. Supreme Court rejects eyewitness protections The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to expand the rules that protect defendants against possibly unreliable eyewitness testimony in a Jan. 11 ruling against the plaintiff in Perry vs. New Hampshire. The high court voted eight to one to reject Barion Perry’s claim that courts should be able to exclude eyewitness testimony when witnesses identify perpetrators under suggestive circumstances. APA filed an amicus brief in this case that summarized research on the accuracy of eyewitness testimony and emphasized the need for courts to better scrutinize such testimony (see eyewitness.aspx). Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg quoted several passages from APA’s brief in her 18-page opinion, but she concluded that, in cases with no police misconduct, juries can weigh the reliability of eyewitness testimony. “The court does not question the proposition advanced in our brief that eyewitness identifications are both important and often wrong,” 10 says David Ogden, of the law firm WilmerHale, who worked with APA’s Office of General Counsel and other experts to prepare the brief. “In fact, the majority twice cites our brief in very respectful ways.” In one passage, Ginsburg cites research from the APA brief to suggest the court may be willing to issue a broader ruling that would address a range of potential problems with eyewitness identifications. However, the Perry case was too narrow to allow for such a ruling. In another passage, Ginsburg cites the APA brief as evidence that eyewitness identifications are a “uniquely unreliable form of evidence.” That understanding was exactly what APA hoped to articulate with its brief, says Donna Beavers, director of law/psychology coordination in APA’s office of general counsel. “Despite the result, we take pride in the fact that the science was recognized by both the majority opinion and the dissent,” says Beavers. —B. AzAR M o n i to r o n p s yc h o l o g y • M a rc h 2 0 1 2

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - March 2012

Monitor on Psychology - March 2012
President’s column
From the CEO
Supreme Court rejects eyewitness protections
New member benefit: prevention screenings
A psychodynamic treatment for PTSD shows promise for soldiers
Was ‘Little Albert’ ill during the famed conditioning study?
New research identifies ways to improve eyewitness identifications
In Brief
‘Our health at risk’
Perspective on Practice
APA endorses higher education guidelines
Random Sample
Judicial Notebook
Help for struggling veterans
Driving out cancer disparities
In the Public Interest
Practice, virtually
The legal and ethical issues of virtual therapy
Psychologist PROFILE
Bringing life into focus
Pay attention to me
Division Spotlight

Monitor on Psychology - March 2012