Professional Interest

American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
This is a professional publishing house that publishes a good deal of literature about Personality Disorders - which, as many of you also know, is my area of professional specialty.

Cross Country Education
As many of you know, this is the continuing education company that I work with. I like and respect them because they are committed to the welfare of their participants and are highly selective about the speakers they work with. They offer high-quality programs presented by knowledgeable and engaging speakers. They’re also really, really nice people.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Created by University of Washington psychologist Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., Dialectical Behavior Therapy is the current “hot”treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. This is the site of the company that presents trainings in DBT.

This is the site where data pertaining to the upcoming fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, due to be published in 2011, will be posted. I’m participating in some of the research for the Personality Disorders section.

Guilford Press, Inc.
Guilford also publishes in the area of Personality Disorders. They handle, for example, most of Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy materials.

New York Presbyterian Medical Center Department of Psychiatry
New York Presbyterian Medical Center pioneered much of the work in the area of Personality Disorders. Masterson and Kernberg have both been on their staff.

Otto Kernberg, M.D.
Otto Kernberg, M.D., was an author of the famous Meninger Psychotherapy Research Project, the first research project to ever closely examine diagnosis and treatment for severe Personality Disorders. This is an interview with Dr. Kernberg about his history and his approach.

The Masterson Institute
James Masterson, M.D., is one of the originators of the field of Personality Disorders. He is the creator of the Developmental Object Relations School of psychotherapy for Personality Disorders. His work got me started working in Personality Disorders.

The Skeptical Inquirer
This is an article I wrote that was published in “The Skeptical Inquirer” about the biological purpose of beliefs and why they are difficult to change.  The Skeptical Inquirer is a journal published by The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.  They apply scientific methods to claims of ESP, etc.  In my opinion the articles can get a little shrill, but they do provide a nice balance to the tendency in the media to uncritically accept extraordinary claims.

Theodore Millon, Ph.D.
Theodore Millon, Ph.D. is the “Godfather” of the entire area of Personality Disorders and was a member of the panel that created both DSM III and DSM IV. He personally coined the name of at least one of the Personality Disorders, and he is one of the most prominent and influential figures in the area.


Personal Interest

Honolulu Marathon
I couldn’t resist including this one. My sister and I ran the Honolulu Marathon in December of 2004 (the first - and last, if Pam has her way - marathon for both of us), and if you’ve ever wanted to run a marathon or if you are already a marathon runner, you should do Honolulu. Over 15,000 people participate every year. There are no prerequisites for running it and no time limit for finishing it, so the whole thing takes on a wonderful devil-may-care, we’re-all-crazy, block-party atmosphere. The course goes through downtown Waikiki and then up Diamondhead - twice. Absolutely beautiful. The day after the race is also hilarious because Honolulu looks like the world’s largest outpatient orthopaedic ward, overflowing with limping, hobbling, barely functional runners congratulating each other as they pass on the street, wheezing and gingerly tottering along. If you really want to reward yourself for your achievement, stay at The Royal Hawaiian. Pam is still thanking me.

Super Slow Weight Training
“Super Slow,” a method of weight training created by Ken Hutchins, may be the single best thing you can do for your body as you age. It is extremely safe, it helps stop the loss of muscle mass that occurs even in “normal” aging, and you only have to do it once a week - which is good, because it is very, very intense. Pam and I have been students of a prominent Super Slow “Master Trainer” for several years now, and even with as vigorous an exerciser as I am, it is still the only type of weight training that I have ever been able to stick with long-term. Pam used to have not-infrequent back pain, and she has had none at all since starting Super Slow. It works.

The Cooper Aerobics Center
Kenneth Cooper, M.D., coined the term “aerobics,” and his is still the finest exercise and preventive medicine center that I know of. I’ve been going to The Cooper Clinic for an annual physical for over 15 years now, and Cooper’s work is still the standard of the industry for health and physical well-being. There’s none better.

Tiger Kim’s Academy
This is the martial arts school where I practice, hold two Third Degree Black Belts, and serve as an Assistant Instructor. My Grandmaster is the real deal - he’s the 123rd black belt ever given in Tang Soo Do (a precursor to Taekwondo) and he is frequently running off to Korea to meet with various martial arts bigwigs. I think the martial arts are good for body, mind, and soul.

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