Wall Street Journal: For better talk therapy, try taking a nap

David Rosenfield

Psychotherapy sessions are best in the morning when levels of helpful hormone are high

Patients make more progress toward overcoming anxiety, fears and phobias when their therapy sessions are scheduled in the morning, new research suggests. An SMU study found that morning sessions helped psychotherapy patients overcome their panic and anxiety and phobic avoidance better, in part, because levels of cortisol — a naturally occurring hormone — are at their highest then, said clinical psychologist Alicia E. Meuret.

Asthma patients reduce symptoms, improve lung function with shallow breaths, more CO2

Asthma patients taught to habitually resist the urge to take deep breaths when experiencing symptoms were rewarded with fewer symptoms and healthier lung function, according to a new study from the Department of Psycholgoy at Southern Methodist University. The findings are from a large clinical trial funded with a grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Toronto Star: Parents have a key role to play in teaching healthy relationship skills

A research study by Ernest Jouriles in collaboration with others in the SMU Department of Psychology is cited in a Nov. 5 article in the Toronto Star. Journalist Ann Douglas elaborates on the study in her article about the way parents make a difference when it comes to encouraging their children to make healthy relationship choices. The study, "Teens' experiences of harsh parenting and exposure to severe intimate partner violence: Adding insult to injury in predicting teen dating violence," was published in April in the journal "Psychology of Violence."

Baylor Innovations: Don’t Panic, New Research Shows That Panic Attacks Are Not As Spontaneous As Once Thought

The%20Wall%20Street%20Journal.jpgBaylor Innovations, the quarterly magazine of Baylor Health Care System, featured the groundbreaking panic attack research of SMU psychologists Dr. Alicia Meuret, Dr. David Rosenfield and Dr. Thomas Ritz. The Spring 2012 article by health and science writer Mark Cantrell, titled "Don't Panic: New Research Shows That Panic Attacks Are Not As Spontaneous As Once Thought" details the startling findings of Meuret's published study showing significant physiological instability in advance of so-called out-of-the-blue panic attacks.

GoodTherapy.org: Children Need Direct Answers after Interparent Violence

The research of SMU psychologists Renee McDonald, Ernest Jouriles and David Rosenfield was featured in an article on the web site GoodTherapy.org. McDonald, lead author on the research and a professor of psychology, researches specific child adjustment problems, such as aggression and antisocial behavior, and how they are associated with exposure to family conflict and violence.

HHS Healthbeat: Predicting Panic Attacks

Panic%20attack.jpgNicholas Garlow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created a podcast about the groundbreaking panic attack research of SMU psychologists Dr. Alicia Meuret, Dr. David Rosenfield and Dr. Thomas Ritz.

The Sept. 22 podcast "Predicting Panic Attacks" details the startling findings of Meuret's newest published study showing significant physiological instability in advance of so-called out-of-the-blue panic attacks.

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The Wall Street Journal: Seeing Signs of a Panic Attack Before One Happens

The%20Wall%20Street%20Journal.jpgScience journalist Ann Lukits wrote about the groundbreaking panic attack research of SMU psychologists Dr. Alicia Meuret, Dr. David Rosenfield and Dr. Thomas Ritz in the The Wall Street Journal. The Sept. 20 article "Seeing Signs of a Panic Attack Before One Happens" details the startling findings of Meuret's newest published study showing significant physiological instability in advance of so-called out-of-the-blue panic attacks.

The Atlantic: The Upside of a Panic Attack: The Worst Is Over Before You Know It

main%20flickr%20Bhernandez%202917293212_9dac1fe52e_b-thumb-615x300-63565.jpgScience journalist Hans Villarica wrote about the groundbreaking panic attack research of SMU psychologists Dr. Alicia Meuret, Dr. David Rosenfield and Dr. Thomas Ritz in the The Atlantic.

The Sept. 16 article "The Upside of a Panic Attack: The Worst Is Over Before You Know It" details the startling findings of Meuret's newest published study showing significant physiological instability in advance of so-called out-of-the-blue panic attacks.

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