Scott A. Roth, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

A Response About Our Profession

Doctors and Psychologists Don’t Hate Science— They Treat Real Patients: A Reply to Sharon Begley and Newsweek Ivan J. Miller, ©2009 Click here to download the PDF Sharon Begley is wrong when she compares the medical profession to “hysterical conservatives” who “seem to hate science,” as she did in her Newsweek column on May 4, 2009 in “Why Doctors Hate Science.” She is wrong when […]

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The Power of Play

In my work with younger children, I am always amazed at their creativity and imagination when it comes to the power of play.  Unstructured, exploratory play establishes the foundation for how these youngsters understand the world around them. It teaches logical consequences, boundaries, cause and effect, as well as critical thinking skills.  In the age of high-stakes testing and the pressures of academic competitiveness, let […]

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Navigating the Mental Health System

I often hear laypeople with limited experience within the mental health system admit a level of confusion when it comes to who provides therapeutic services.  The aim of this blog is attempt clarify who provides therapeutic services and what type of services, in general, are provided by each. To start, I am a licensed psychologist in the state of New Jersey.  To become a licensed […]

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Anger Management

It is hard to reframe the word “anger” in a positive light, but evolutionary theory suggests that anger, to an extent, is an adaptive emotion. Anger is often defined as the emotion we feel when goal achievement is interrupted. The anger we feel serves as a motivator to once again achieve that goal. Think of an animal who is attempting to shield her young from […]

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Psychotherapy and Your 401K

At first glance, psychotherapy and a 401K have very little in common. Though the stigma psychotherapy has lessened in recent years, it is a topic that most people are still not wholly comfortable talking about. Psychotherapy, as a whole, is still viewed as a process for only the mentally ill, socially maladjusted, or addicted. I prefer to view psychotherapy as an investment in your future, […]

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IQ and Race

I wholeheartedly recommend this article written by Nicolas Kristof in the June 6, 2009 issue of the New York Times. In this article Mr. Kristof highlights some invaluable research about racial and ethnic differences in IQ, and how, in fact, these differences are not due to genetics. This has been an issue of high controversy since The Bell Curve was published. This article give succinct […]

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Medication? Therapy? Both?

One of the most common questions that I receive regarding the treatment of children and adolescents is if/when to use psychotropic medication to treat emotional and behavior problems.  There is no simple answer to these questions as each individual case is unique.  Generally speaking, many psychological issues can be and have been treated successfully with psychotherapy alone.  For example, Clarke (2005) found that a therapeutic […]

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Swine Flu and Children

With the recent outbreak of the H1N1 Flu Virus, also known as the “Swine Flu,” I thought it may be helpful for parents to understand how to best talk to your children about this Swine Flu. Here are some brief tips: 1) Ask questions and correct any misconceptions (e.g. “I heard that 5 of my classmates got the Swine Flu by eating pork chops in […]

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Parent and School Relationships Can Improve Your Child’s Performance

In order to get your child the help that he/she requires, the first action a parent should take  is to develop a positive relationship with at least one educational professional that is not in the classroom full time.  In your mind, assign this person as your child’s “Case Manager.”  Often, this is a guidance counselor, assistant principal, or school nurse.  This individual will have already forged […]

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Teaching to the Test Anxiety

In the world of high stakes standardized testing, there are many victims.  School districts are forced to teach to the test to ensure enough students are proficient so they do not lose their precious funding.  Teachers are being stretched increasingly thin when they are asked to teach the curriculum, teach the test, nurture the whole child, and of course complete their paperwork.  Students are evaluated […]

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