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How to Be Happier During Difficult Times

According to a new study, Wisconsin is the 18th happiest state in the country. We look at the many ways the COVID-19 pandemic has affected people’s lives, factors that contribute to a person’s wellbeing and ways we can increase satisfaction in life. An interview on @centraltimewpr, a daily radio show produced by Wisconsin Public Radio, with host Rob Ferrett (and Bill Martens, producer) and guest Maryam Kia-Keating. NPR WPR September 25, 2020

2020’s Happiest States in America

Happiness comes from a combination of internal and external factors. We can influence it somewhat by approaching situations positively or choosing to spend time with people we love, doing activities we enjoy. Some years, it’s harder to be happy than others, though. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it, causing sickness, limiting social interactions and leading to widespread job losses. During these trials, which have had a strong negative impact on Americans’ mental health, WalletHub searched for the states where people can stay positive despite the circumstances. Maryam Kia-Keating answers what are the key ingredients to a happy life, how much does where you live influence your happiness, and considering the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, what will be the long-term effects on citizens’ level of happiness? What are some steps a person can take to ensure a state of psychological well-being? WalletHub September 22, 2020

COVID-19, Trauma, and Immigrant Origin Students

The Coronavirus has disrupted so many of our lives, in many ways, some more obvious than others. For educators and our students, safety precautions have led to what NPR calls “The Biggest Distance Learning Experiment in History.” As hard as it is for all of us, we recognize that not everyone is impacted equally or in the same way. In particular, immigrants, refugees, English Learners, and others with histories of interrupted formal education, come to this moment with strengths, experiences, and unique vulnerabilities. To help us understand what we might learn from our students, and how we might best support them, we turned to Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. Reimagining Migration, April 6, 2020

Resources for helping immigrant students succeed

There is a growing number of resources that schools can use to help immigrant students with their language barriers, social issues and academic challenges. APA has been closely following the recent and ongoing threats to immigrants and refugees living in the United States. These groups are “at risk of psychological harm due to factors including the stress of starting a new life away from family and culture, as well as prejudice and discrimination.” This article series takes a look at some of the ways psychologists are working to help immigrants, the communities where they live and the resources that are available to clinicians who want to help these at risk groups. APA, November 21, 2019

Preparing for “The Big One”: A devastating earthquake is allegedly overdue

What do we need to know to prepare for natural disaster? What does emotional readiness look like? How can communities help support resilience? An interview on @1A a daily radio show produced by WAMU and distributed by NPR, with host Joshua Johnson, and guests Dr. Lucy Jones, Seismologist, and Jacob Margolis (host) and Misha Euceph (producer) of the Big One: Your Survival Guide podcast. NPR, January 14, 2019

Stress and Coping Strategies for Immigrant-Origin Students and Educators who Serve Them

The challenges educators face responding to the social and emotional and educational needs of immigrant students and their peers have rarely been more pressing. In the U.S. 26% of school-aged children are either immigrants or the children of immigrants and in light of increasing political divides over immigration, rising hate incidents in and out of schools, and increased immigration enforcement, their place in schools can feel precarious. [Includes a Self-Care Strategies for Educators downloadable flyer.]  Reimagining Migration December 17, 2018

Coping with Wildfires: Tips for UCSB Students

Video story on coping with wildfires and other disasters for students, with UCSB’s weekly, student-run paper, The Bottom Line December 7, 2018

2018’s Best Places to Raise a Family in California

Ratings of 254 cities in the state across four key dimensions: 1) Family Life & Fun, 2) Education, Health & Safety, 3) Affordability and 4) Socioeconomic Environment. WalletHub September 19, 2018

‘I was not one bit surprised that it happened.’ Shock over school shootings has turned to numbness.

Daniel Gelillo glanced at his phone between taking Advanced Placement exams Friday morning when he saw that there was a shooting at a high school in Texas. His sadness quickly gave way to frustration — another school day in America, another school ­shooting. Washington Post and SFGate May 19, 2018

Trauma and resilience in California disaster response and readiness

It’s important to pay attention to the psychological impact of disasters. Oftentimes, there is an initial, understandable focus on basic needs and stabilization in the aftermath of disasters. But neglecting psychosocial well-being is short-sighted. The Confluence April 23, 2018

Gun Violence Takes a Brutal Psychological Toll on Kids

In a handful of communities in the United States, violence is a traumatizing part of everyday life.Three children have died from gun violence in Chicago this week, a city that has seen a record number of shootings and homicides in the last year. ABCnews and NYmag February 16, 2017

Middle School Mental Health Program Educates, Reduces Stigma

Mental Health Matters, a middle school-based mental health program, is successfully educating students about mental illness and helping to reduce the associated stigma, according to a new study published in the Journal of School Health. PsychCentral and CHConline and the Atlantic October 17, 2016

The psychology of why little kids are completely obsessed with ‘Frozen’

Published in Zocalo Public Square, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Medical Xpress, UCLA Newsroom. January 2015.

Translations include CNN Indonesia, Sensacine.

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Violence and Disparities

Working with refugee youth on a past project, Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating, Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP), observed how transformative it was for the youth to take part in a participatory
photography program.  Profiles in Education, 2014-2015

13 pearls of wisdom for the early career set

Seasoned psychologists share the time-tested lessons that put them on the path to career success.  APA Monitor, December 2011, Vol 42, No. 11

Found in Translation

With more foreign-born clients seeking psychological help, practitioners are relying on language interpreters to improve therapy. Here’s how to make these relationships successful. APA Monitor; February 2010, Vol 41, No. 2 (Print version: page 52)

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