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Romeo Vitelli
I'm a psychologist in private practice in Toronto and Hamilton. My first book, The Everything Guide To Overcoming PTSD, will be available this June.
Interests: fencing, websurfing, archaeology, travelling and a whole list of other things i can't recall at the moment., gay/lesbian/bisexal/transgender issues, political arguments
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Mental health providers’ usage of telehealth modalities saw an exponential increase in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Some experts have suggested that it takes considerable time, education, consultation, and/or supervision to develop the new technology-based competencies. Education... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
On March 6, 1854, when Robert Schumann first became a patient at a private sanatorium located in Endenich (now part of Bonn), he assumed that entering as a voluntary patient would count in his favour when he eventually decided to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Whither psychotherapy in the 2030s? Following a decennial tradition, the authors of a study published in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice conducted an e-Delphi poll on the future of psychotherapy in the United States. A panel of 56 psychotherapy experts... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at Providentia
Parenting self-efficacy is a critical determinant of high-quality parenting behavior, but this aspect of parenting cognitions has been understudied for fathers. A new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology used ongitudinal data from a sample of 182 fathers... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at Providentia
As one of the leading French mathematicians of his generation and the author of two books on elementary geometry, Jacques Hadamard was always open to new mathematical ideas. When he received a mathematical proof in the mail from a previously... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at Providentia
Child maltreatment (CM) is a widespread problem associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes. The underlying mechanisms of this link are not always well understood, however certain biological changes observed in maltreated individuals may play a role in connecting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at Providentia
It should have been a routine night at the temporary prisoner of war camp that had been set up at the end of Main Street in Salina, Utah. Two months following Germany's formal surrender on May 7, 1945, the 250... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2022 at Providentia
Stress associated with global health threats such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and related containment efforts may be associated with significant sleep disruption. Stress-related sleep disturbance is an established transdiagnostic risk factor; thus, identifying associations with coping strategies... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2022 at Providentia
Men are more likely than women to harm themselves and others with firearms. Central to this problem is men’s interest in owning firearms. The precarious manhood paradigm (PMP; Vandello et al., 2008) suggests that masculinity is tenuous and must be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at Providentia
I am pleased to announce that my new book True Crime Stories You Won't Believe: A Cavalcade of Chaotic Justice is finally out on Amazon (Kindle and paperback). This book is a compilation of some of Providentia's true crime stories,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2022 at Providentia
A new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology tested if people’s basic belief in the notion that human beings have developed from other animals (i.e., belief in evolution) can predict human-to-human prejudice and intergroup hostility. Using... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at Providentia
A Chicago-area woman sentenced to 35 years in prison for the brutal murder of her five-year-old son is appealing her sentence on the grounds that she was suffering from postpartum psychosis at the time. In her statement to the court,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2022 at Providentia
According to an influential account of aging effects on reading, older adults (65+ years) employ a more “risky” reading strategy compared to young adults (18–30 years), in which they attempt to compensate for slower processing by using lexical and contextual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2022 at Providentia
Camille Claudel was, without a doubt, one of the most brilliant artists of her generation. And she paid the price for it. Born in 1864 in Fere en Tardenois in the French province of Picardy, Camille was the second child... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2022 at Providentia
A new study in the Psychiatric Rehabilation Journal compared physical functional measures of people with severe mental illness (SMI) to standardized geriatric values. Method: Retrospective analysis of physical functioning sample data of middle-aged people with SMI was compared to standardized... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2022 at Providentia
Given the numerous cases of drowning that occurred in 18th century London and the lack of any proper system of saving drowning victims at that time, the need for a new organization to teach resuscitation techniques seemed desperately needed. Inspired... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at Providentia
While Andy Warhol may have popularized the "everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes " meme, it was hardly original. Long before the modern era, newspaper stories often did an excellent job of spreading the kind of stories that could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at Providentia
Late-life depression (LLD) increases risk for dementia and brain pathology, but possibly this is only true for one or more symptom profiles of LLD. In 4354 participants (76 ± 5 years; 58% female) from the Age, Gene/Environment Susceptibility (AGES)-Reykjavik Study,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2022 at Providentia
How To Be A Nazi Bride It must have seemed like a splendid idea (at least to the Nazi ideologues who first came up with it). When the Nazis first came to power in pre-WWII Germany, it was essential that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at Providentia
Emotionally-responsive chatbots are marketed as agents with which one can form emotional connections. They can also become weak ties in the outer layers of one's acquaintance network and available for social support. A recent study in Computers In Human Behavior... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at Providentia
I am pleased to announce that I am preparing to release a new book in the coming weeks. Tentatively titled True Crime Stories You Won't Believe: A Cavalcade of Chaotic Justice, the book will feature many of the stories I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2022 at Providentia
Belief in astrology is on the rise, although the reasons behind this are unclear. A new study in Personality and Individual Differences examined whether individual personality traits could predict such epistemically unfounded beliefs. Data was collected for 264 participants through... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2022 at Providentia
A 28-year-old man suffering from delusions apparently triggered by cannabis use was hospitalized in Colombia last year after trying to kill a neighbour he believed was an impostor. In a case history recently published in the journal Cureus, the man... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2022 at Providentia
A new study in the journal Addictive Behaviors modeled maternal patterns of cannabis use from one year pre-pregnancy to 16 years postpartum and to determine if different patterns of maternal cannabis use predicted offspring substance use at age 22. Methods:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2022 at Providentia
On January 31, 1865, Adoniram Judson Burroughs, a clerk working in the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C., was leaving for home with another co-worker when a woman stopped him. As witnesses later reported, Burroughs exited his office where the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2022 at Providentia