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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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Research is often guided by maps of elementary dimensions, such as core traits, foundations of morality, and principal stereotype dimensions. Yet, there is no comprehensive map of prejudice dimensions. A major limiter of developing a prejudice map is the ad... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
A study recently published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being explores the post-discharge experience and needs of COVID-19 survivors. A qualitative study was conducted. using 16 post-discharge COVID-19 patients aged 31–68 years. The semi-structured interviews... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2022 at Providentia
On November 16, 1940, a crude pipe bomb was found by police in Consolidated Edison's office building in Manhattan. Although the bomb hadn't exploded, a note attached to the bomb threatened further attacks against the company. The second pipe bomb... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2022 at Providentia
A paper recently published in the International Journal of Adolescence and Youth further explores a wide international research study, the International Self-Report Delinquency Study 3 (ISRD-3), with the aim of understanding if there is a relationship between having lived traumatic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2022 at Providentia
When Adelaide Bartlett discovered the body of her husband in their stylish residence in the heart of London on the morning of January 1, 1886, she immediately dispatched the maid to fetch the doctor. On hearing the news of Thomas... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2022 at Providentia
A new paper in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being examined the impact of internet-delivered, therapist-guided, self-help Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for family carers of people with dementia (iACT4CARERS). A qualitative approach with semi-structured interviews... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2022 at Providentia
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The next book in my series True Crime Stories You Won't Believe will likely be out in a little while since the first draft is pretty much done. It will contain many more true crime stories covered in this blog,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2022 at Providentia
The term conversion therapy refers to any practices intended to alter a person's sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or any combination thereof. The present‐day scientific consensus is that such practices are not only ineffective, but highly harmful and fundamentally... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2022 at Providentia
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1912 was a very unusual election year. Although William Howard Taft was running for reelection, the Republican party had been badly split between the conservative faction backing Taft and the reform faction that had supported former president Theodore Roosevelt. After... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2022 at Providentia
Approximately 10% of first responders report posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although reports within first responders suggest that they have distinct symptom presentations, there is a need to understand how the clinical profiles of first responders may differ from others seeking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2022 at Providentia
When Ryan Grantham shot and killed his mother on March 31, 2020, he meant it as a prelude to the violent rampage he was already planning. The 24-year-old British Columbia actor had accumulated an arsenal, including guns, ammunition, and Molotov... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2022 at Providentia
Insomnia is a global health concern, associated with many mental and physical health conditions. Prevalence of insomnia is reported to increase during adolescence and early adulthood. High levels of insomnia are also reported in adolescents up to 2.5 years after... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2022 at Providentia
Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) is characterized by specific behaviors frequently related to other psychopathological conditions, such as Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Eating Disorders (EDs). Whereas ON can mainly be described as an excessive concern regarding healthy food, a new study published... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Providentia
Even as we reel from yet another school shooting, this time leading to the death of 21 people at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas (and with many more since), we are still faced with the same inevitable question of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at Providentia
How do extremist sympathizers respond to counter-radicalization efforts? Over the past decade, programs to counter violent extremism have mushroomed around the world, but little is known of their effectiveness. A new study in the journal International Organization uses social media... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2022 at Providentia
The 16th annual exorcism held recently by The Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome has drawn in 120 attendants, a record number according to sources. Despite the controversy surrounding the rite, the demand for exorcists worldwide has been spurred on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2022 at Providentia
Approximately 10% of first responders report posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although reports within first responders suggest that they have distinct symptom presentations, there is a need to understand how the clinical profiles of first responders may differ from others seeking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2022 at Providentia
A study recently published in the Journal of Leadership Studies examines the actions of Michael Scott, self‐proclaimed “World's Best Boss”, to determine how he communicates leadership on The Office. Using Northouse's (2020) definition of leadership, Scott's behavior is content analyzed... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at Providentia
Nobody can dispute the fact that Nikola Tesla was a scientific genius. Not only did his patents and technological achievements help form the basis for most modern electrical and magnetic applications (including alternating current, an early x-ray machine, the AC... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at Providentia
During the closing days of World War II, the Nazi regime became increasingly desperate for soldiers given the severe casualties sustained on the Russian and Western fronts. Since recruitment drives were failing to keep up with demand, they decided to... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at Providentia
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 May 19, 2022 at Providentia
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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 May 17, 2022 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