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Two psychologists interview experts on topics, issues, and problems in society, and what we can do to make them better. Hosts are Manuel Galvan and Dylan Selterman.

A Bit More Complicated Dylan Selterman and Manuel Galvan

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Two psychologists interview experts on topics, issues, and problems in society, and what we can do to make them better. Hosts are Manuel Galvan and Dylan Selterman.

    Episode 26 - Discussing Trans Healthcare with Dr. Erica Anderson

    Episode 26 - Discussing Trans Healthcare with Dr. Erica Anderson

    In this episode we have a discussion with Dr. Erica Anderson about the consensus (and lack thereof) within the trans healthcare community. Topics include: conservative anti-trans legislation, ROGD, desistence, affirmative care vs explorative therapy, trans healthcare in Europe, and the ethics of debating trans healthcare in the popular press.


    WPATH statement opposing discussion in the lay press: https://www.wpath.org/media/cms/Documents/Public%20Policies/2021/Joint%20WPATH%20USPATH%20Letter%20Dated%20Oct%2012%202021.pdf
    ROGD leaked out of academia and was used to oppose trans healthcare: https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/08/18/1057135/transgender-contagion-gender-dysphoria/
    Steensma research: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21216800/
    An academic critique of the Steensma research: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15532739.2018.1456390?src=recsys
    Texas anti-trans law: https://www.hrc.org/press-releases/texas-senate-passes-sweeping-ban-to-prohibit-trans-youth-and-adults-from-receiving-necessary-medical-care
    500+ anti-trans bills: https://translegislation.com/

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 25 - Social Media and Mental Health with Dr. Chris Ferguson

    Episode 25 - Social Media and Mental Health with Dr. Chris Ferguson

    Dylan and Manny chat with Dr. Chris Ferguson about the “social media hypothesis” of mental health. Dr. Ferguson is a clinical psychologist and professor at Stetson University. His research speciality is in media technology, and has co-written Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong. We talk about social comparison, suicide, moral panics, the “nocebo effect,” and more. The three of us push back against the popular view that social media use is causing poor mental health, but we remain very open to other viewpoints so feel free to disagree with us!

    Dr. Ferguson’s column for Psychology Today, and his piece on the social media hypothesis.

    Dylan’s articles on this topic:

    Why I'm Skeptical About the Link Between Social Media and Mental Health

    Facebook Deactivation and the Nocebo Effect 

    Social Media and the Magical Mirror

    Social Media and the Black Cat Fallacy 

    Academic Papers & Summaries:

    ⁠Social media use, economic recession and income inequality in relation to trends in youth suicide in high-income countries: a time trends analysis⁠
    ⁠The Welfare Effects of Social Media⁠ 
    ⁠How Adolescents Use Social Media to Cope with Feelings of Loneliness and Anxiety During COVID-19 Lockdown⁠ 
    ⁠Teenagers aren’t as lonely in lockdown if interacting positively online⁠ 

    Image by ⁠Pixelkult⁠ from ⁠Pixabay⁠ 

    • 59 min
    Episode 24 - Reducing inequality by increasing belonging with Dr. Greg Walton

    Episode 24 - Reducing inequality by increasing belonging with Dr. Greg Walton

    In this episode, we interview Stanford psychology professor, Dr. Greg Walton. We discuss:

    The successful ways that Greg has used "wise interventions" to address social problems like educational inequalities.
    The importance of social belonging and how feelings of belonging uncertainty can create a downward spiral.
    Most importantly: Greg's new paper in Science! We focus on what the social belonging intervention is, why it worked, how the effects are influenced by the social context, how universities can learn from the intervention, and how many more students would graduate if the intervention was used at more institutions!


    Where and with whom does a brief social-belonging intervention promote progress in college?: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.ade4420
    A brief intervention to improve college success and equity (companion perspectives piece to the Science article): https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adh7681?intcmp=trendmd-sci
    A question of belonging: Race, social fit, and achievement. https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2F0022-3514.92.1.82
    A Brief Social-Belonging Intervention Improves Academic and Health Outcomes of Minority Students: https://www.science.org/doi/abs/10.1126/science.1198364
    Social-Psychological Interventions in Education : They're Not Magic https://umaine.edu/provost/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2018/11/Social-Psychological-Interventions-in-Education-Theyre-Not-Magic-Yeager-Walton.pdf
    Wise interventions: Psychological remedies for social and personal problems. https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-49648-001
    Seed and Soil: Psychological Affordances in Contexts Help to Explain Where Wise Interventions Succeed or Fail: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0963721420904453

    Find the intervention materials here: https://collegetransitioncollaborative.org/resources/

    • 49 min
    Episode 23 - An Introduction to Trans Healthcare with Dr. Quinnehtukqut McLamore

    Episode 23 - An Introduction to Trans Healthcare with Dr. Quinnehtukqut McLamore

    In this episode of the podcast we take a crash course on transgender identity and terminology, statistics on transition and stigma (and associated mental health issues) within the trans community, transition in adults and kids, gender-affirming care, and the difficulties faced by trans individuals who engage with the medical system to get care. Dr. McLamore is bursting at the seams with knowledge on the topic, so there are more citations than usual. We had a much longer conversation than we could publish, but please read their writing in Aeon for more info.

    2023 anti-trans bills tracker: https://translegislation.com/

    Dr. McLamore’s google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=-K4hkmsAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

    Disarming transphobia: ‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is a popular weapon in the anti-trans arsenal. It is nothing but unscientific bunk’: https://aeon.co/essays/the-real-reason-why-theres-a-global-rise-in-trans-youth

    Two-Spirit Community: https://lgbtqhealth.ca/community/two-spirit.php#:~:text=The%20creation%20of%20the%20term,term%20niizh%20manidoowag%2C%20two%20spirits.

    Caster Semenya: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caster_Semenya

    What is Gender Dysphoria in the DSM-5-TR?: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/gender-dysphoria/what-is-gender-dysphoria

    Bostock vs clayton county: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bostock_v._Clayton_County#:~:text=Clayton%20County%2C%20590%20U.S.%20___,they%20are%20gay%20or%20transgender.

    Most states allow a “LGBT panic defense”: https://www.lgbtmap.org/equality-maps/panic_defense_bans

    Michael Knowles tweeting about overturning Bostock vs clayton county: https://twitter.com/michaeljknowles/status/1634987094698520576?lang=en

    Michael Knowles speaking at CPAC about trans people: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/pU9y9dcM5NQ

    Trans people are marginalized: https://www.hrc.org/resources/understanding-the-transgender-community

    Gender affirming care reduces mental health issues: https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/suicidality-transgender-adults/

    APA supports gender affirmation: https://www.apa.org/topics/lgbtq/division-54-statement-gender-affirmative-care.pdf

    Many organizations support gender affirming care: https://transhealthproject.org/resources/medical-organization-statements/

    Case Report: Induced Lactation in a Transgender Woman: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/trgh.2017.0044 & https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/106/5/e2047/6123860

    Puberty blockers have been used since the 80s for precocious puberty: https://www.ohsu.edu/sites/default/files/2020-12/Gender-Clinic-Puberty-Blockers-Handout.pdf

    Possible outcomes associated with puberty blocker use: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33320999/

    Rate of trans health care usage among kids: https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-transyouth-data/

    WPath guidelines for trans healthcare: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/26895269.2022.2100644

    Doctor training on trans issues are inadequate: 







    • 51 min
    Episode 22 - Mental Health Stigma with Andrew Devendorf

    Episode 22 - Mental Health Stigma with Andrew Devendorf

    In this episode, we are joined by Andrew Devendorf to discuss mental health stigma and how--even among mental health professionals--people often have to hide their mental health conditions or receive social backlash for them. We discuss how this effects research, clinical work, youtube videos, and the broader culture.

    Suicidal ideation in non-depressed individuals: The effects of a chronic, misunderstood illness: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1359105318785450?journalCode=hpqa

    Stigmatizing Our Own: Self-Relevant Research (Me-Search) Is Common but Frowned Upon in Clinical Psychological Science: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/21677026221141655

    Depression presentations, stigma, and mental health literacy: A critical review and YouTube content analysis: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272735820300313

    Only Human: Mental-Health Difficulties Among Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology Faculty and Trainees: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/17456916211071079?journalCode=ppsa

    Additional articles: 

    Physician burnout: contributors, consequences and solutions: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/joim.12752
    Trump has narcissistic personality disorder, says leading psychoanalyst: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-narcissistic-personality-disorder-mary-trump-john-zinner-bandy-x-lee-a9665856.html

    • 53 min
    Episode 21 - Analyzing Anti-Woke Research with Dr. Beth Livingston

    Episode 21 - Analyzing Anti-Woke Research with Dr. Beth Livingston

    In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Beth Livingston to take a critical look at a recent paper that criticized "woke" DEI efforts.

    Waldman & Sparr - Rethinking Diversity Strategies: An Application of Paradox and Positive Organization Behavior Theories

    Thomason, Opie, Livingston & Sitzmann: “Woke” Diversity Strategies: Science or Sensationalism?

    Woke (Dictionary.com)

    Stop WOKE act was deemed unconstitutional

    Amy Wax says white culture is superior

    Chris Rufo's work is misleading and dishonest

    Manhattan institute

    Discovery institute

    Some substantive critiques of diversity trainings: 

    ‘Diversity Training’ Doesn’t Work. This Might. 

    Rethinking Diversity Training 

    African American Museum site removes ‘whiteness’ chart after criticism from Trump Jr. and conservative media 

    Randomized placebo-controlled RCT on outcomes for diversity training

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