Friday, November 20, 2009

New findings show feedback that helps couples stick together

According to the largest clinical trial with couples to date, couples who had systematic client feedback methods incorporated into their therapy sessions were 46.2 percent less likely to wind up divorced or separated. URI Human Development and Family Studies Professor Jacqueline Sparks conducted and co-authored this study that shows how therapists can greatly increase the chances that struggling couples will stay together. The Providence Business News interviewed Professor Sparks about her results (Nov. 20). The findings of the two-year study were published in the Aug. 3 issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Sparks conducted the survey in Southern Norway with Barry Duncan of Heart and Soul of Change Project and Morten Anker of the Family Counseling Office in Vestfold, Norway. Their work has received significant attention from media worldwide, including in the Science Daily, Psychotherapy Networker, TRAK.in News, Innovations Report, and Zamp BioNews among others. Read more about this research.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Language of Cancer

English Professor Mary Cappello continues to be called upon to speak about her most recent book, "Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life." On Nov. 16, she was asked to participate in a live call-in NPR program,"Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders" hosted by Jean Fereca about the book and related issues. During the one-hour show, Cappello was taken by surprise when a former student sent an e-mail to the program lauding her work and they read it on the air. Listen to the show and read more about her latest book.

Reef conservation strategy backfires

Professor Richard Pollnac was featured last night in this story on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program examining the challenges to protecting coral reefs in the South Pacific. Apparently, cutting back on the number of commercial fishing permits just increases the number of recreational fishermen who catch almost as many fish.