Kate Humphreys

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Name: Kate Humphreys
Date registered: September 14, 2011


Kate Humphreys received a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA in 2014. She is a former President of Psychology in Action, and currently serves on the organization's Advisory Board. Her research and clinical interests include understanding the impact of stress and trauma on development. In particular, she is interested in how genes and environment lead to ADHD and other externalizing problems. She was inspired to join Psychology in Action because of all the interesting things she has come across in her classes and research thus far, and is motivated to share psychological knowledge to anyone who is interested!

Latest posts

  1. ADHD Medication and Risk for Later Alcohol and Drug Use — July 10, 2013
  2. Got Issues: Blame Your Grandma — February 27, 2013
  3. Are genetics destiny for psychiatric disorders? — November 26, 2012
  4. Is all risk taking bad? — April 16, 2012
  5. Stress Affects Risk Taking Differently for Men and Women — February 20, 2012

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ADHD Medication and Risk for Later Alcohol and Drug Use


Many parents have to make difficult choices about how to help their children with an ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) diagnosis. Two treatments have been proven in well-designed and carefully controlled research studies to be effective: behavioral management (also known as parent training) and medication (typically Ritatin or Adderall). Medication treatment has raised …

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Got Issues: Blame Your Grandma


The idea of the tabula rasa is all but forgotten. Advances in modern genetics have taught us that not only are we not a blank slate at birth, but we are not even simply the product of our genes. The environment interacts with our genes to shape our development, however, it is not …

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Are genetics destiny for psychiatric disorders?


Are genetics destiny? Simplistic thinkers may say so, but what scientists are learning is that, though many traits are heritable (e.g., height, extraversion, IQ), it is difficult to find a “gene” for the vast majority of traits. At the completion of the human genome project, there were high hopes that single genes could …

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Is all risk taking bad?

He that is over-cautious will accomplish little. Friedrich Von Schiller German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright

Individuals who psychologists describe as “risk takers” are generally identified as being at-risk for a number of dangerous or maladaptive behaviors, including high risk sex, gambling, substance use disorders. However, frequent or high risk takers may be …

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Stress Affects Risk Taking Differently for Men and Women


by Andrew Sanders and Kate Humphreys

Making decisions can be a difficult task. How do we choose to get from point A to point B? Does our decision change whether we are running late for an important engagement? Does stress facilitate our decision making, and if so, does it matter whether we are trying to …

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The Economy and Changing Gender Roles


I opened the Atlantic this week to read the cover story, with the subheading “In today’s economy, men are falling apart. What that means for sex and marriage.” The article includes personal anecdotes, historical notes on the history of marriage, sociological examples of on-Western cultures, and theories on …

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The Convenience of Therapy on your Computer

Finding a good therapist is important. As a graduate student in clinical psychology, I am often asked where to find one. Typically, I would recommend the psychology clinic associated with my university, or point them in the direction of therapists who use empirically supported treatments. Yet, there remains several obstacles for reaching a therapist. …

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Psychology Degrees Pay Less Than Others: Don’t Do it for the Money

There are many features to consider when choosing a field. Just to name a few: job security, hours, quality of life, and pay. A recent report from Perspectives on Psychological Science reviewed one of these factors for individuals who received psychology degrees across the educational ladder. Their conclusion: those who receive …

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Children with ADHD have greater likelihood of trying substances and developing substance use disorders.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in childhood. In fact, estimates of the rates of ADHD had found that between 5-10 percent of all children meet diagnostic criteria for the disorder. Children with and without ADHD, at a group level, show several differences, including poorer school performance, more …

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Career Options for How to Become a Therapist: Multiple Pathways Exist

Many individuals find the idea of helping people for a living to be appealing. There is no one path to this type of career. Clinicians, therapists, coaches, social workers, or psychologist, provide psychotherapy and guidance to people. Below are several popular avenues to becoming a professional therapist.

Psychiatrist A psychiatrist is a medical doctor that …

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