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Using Church as Mental Health Outreach

Posted on · Dr. Rheeda Walker is a psychology professor at the University of Houston, and she's the lead consultant for the Advancing Emotional Health initiative at Wheeler Baptist Church in Houston’s Third Ward. She holds free workshops at a number of African American churches in Houston on mental health awareness. The World Health Organization estimates one in […]

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Near Misses on Houston Roads, and SB 4 Court Battle: Thursday’s Show (May 17, 2017)

Posted on · We've all had near-misses on Houston roads — moments when we just dodged an accident, while changing lanes and not realizing there’s someone in a blind spot, or not being seen by a speeding car while riding a bike. A team of researchers recently studied that latter experience – and ones like it. Dian Nostikasari […]

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What We Can Learn From ‘Near-Death’ Experiences

Posted on · What exactly happens when someone has a near-death experience? It’s a phenomenon met with both fascination and skepticism. Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin, an assistant professor of philosophy at Sam Houston State University, digs into the subject in the new book Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions Of The Afterlife. Mitchell-Yellin, who co-wrote the book with John Martin Fischer, discusses […]

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Helping Firefighters Extinguish Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on · A new report released last week by the International Association of Fire Fighters says firefighters and paramedics experience post-traumatic stress disorder at rates comparable to combat veterans. To learn why PTSD is so prevalent in the firefighting community, we talk with Houston Fire Department staff psychologist Dr. Jana Tran. She worked at the Houston VA […]

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Navigating Adolescence: New UH Clinic Aims to Help Families

Posted on · Adolescence can be a challenge both for the kid going through it — and for that adolescent’s family and friends. Now, a new clinic recently opened at the University of Houston to help kids and parents to navigate. It’s called the Adolescent Diagnosis, Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Center — or ADAPT. We talk with the […]

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Your Houston Master Plan: Tuesday’s Show (February 23, 2016)

Posted on · We talk a lot about master planned communities like The Woodlands — carefully codified, mapped out, zoned, restricted — all with the goal of creating the best possible quality of life for its residents. It's a century or more too late for the city of Houston to operate like that. We even, at times, celebrate […]

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Investigation Leads to Revamp of the Process for Screening Law Enforcement for Mental Health Issues

Posted on · People seeking to become law enforcement officers — and those who already are — often have to pass psychological evaluations to make sure they’re fit for duty. For some time, the Harris County Sherriff's Office — as well as several other law enforcement agencies in Greater Houston — have contracted with one woman to conduct […]

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Why Do Grieving Spouses Often Pass Away Soon After Their Partner?

Posted on · You're probably familiar with a story like this one – either anecdotally or personally: there's a couple who've been married many years, and they're getting up there in age. Eventually one of them passes away, and then – relatively soon – so does the surviving spouse. We hear phrases like they "died of a broken […]