Unsubstantiated and unorthodox psychological and psychiatric treatments
will undergo closer scrutiny with the upcoming launch of The
Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, a new academic
journal founded and edited by psychology Associate Professor Scott
The journal focuses on the impartial, scientific investigation
of novel, controversial or untested claims concerning mental health
treatments while seeking to narrow the widening gap between mental
health science and actual practice.
The journal is devoted to distinguishing science from pseudoscience
in clinical psychology, said Lilienfeld, who recently published
a paper questioning the validity of Rorschach inkblot tests. For
example, an upcoming article will explore the case of a Colorado
girl who was smothered to death while receiving a controversial
re-birthing procedure last year that was intended to
help her re-connect with her adopted mother.
Lilienfeld says he hopes to raise the bar for the level of scientific
debate on controversial mental health practices.
Subjecting these techniques to careful scientific scrutiny
will ultimately help maintain the integrity of mental health practice,
The journal will be published by Prometheus Books in Amherst, N.Y.,
and will be out later this spring. For more information about the
journal, e-mail Lilienfeld at email@example.com.
For subscription information, call 1-800-421-0351.