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Psychologists and the Media

Science and Media in the Pandemic: Psychologists and the Media
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 12:00 pm
- 1:30 pm ET
CE/CME Credit

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The COVID-19 pandemic provided professionals with unprecedented opportunities to work with the media to influence public opinion and behavior.

In this webinar, four psychologists discuss their activities across media outlets, including blogs, the popular press, radio, and TV. They provide examples of their work and discuss how they were approached by the media or pitched their stories. In addition, they provide hypotheses about why some of their quotes did not appear in the final product. The four psychologists also cover the ethical issues that sometimes arise in interviews and methods for providing evidence-based but accessible information.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss examples of successful interactions with the media.
  2. Identify some ineffective ways of dealing with the media.
  3. Describe some ethical concerns that arise when dealing with the media.
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Presenter(s) Biography

Shane Owens, PhD

Shane Owens Phd

ADAA Member Shane Owens is an award-winning, board-certified behavioral and cognitive psychologist. Dr. Owens specializes in treating young adults and parents with anxiety problems, anger issues, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He is the Assistant Director of Campus Mental Health Services at Farmingdale State College, a campus of the State University of New York.


Kristin Bianchi, PhD

Kristin Bianchi, PhD

Dr. Kristin Bianchi is a licensed psychologist who practices at the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change in Rockville, MD. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, and body-focused repetitive behaviors such as compulsive hair-pulling, skin-picking, and nail-biting. Dr. Bianchi has a special interest in reducing shame, guilt, embarrassment, and perfectionism in all of the clients whom she treats. She is passionate about educating the community on mental health and enjoys giving talks and collaborating with the media


L. Kevin Chapman, PhD

L. Kevin Chapman, PhD

Dr. Chapman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, founder and director of the Kentucky Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (KYCARDS) where he specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Chapman is a Diplomate and Certified by the Academy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (A-CBT), and is a nationally recognized expert in the implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related disorders. Additionally, Dr. Chapman serves as a consultant for the creation of evidenced-based, anxiety treatment protocols due to his additional expertise related to the intersection of multiculturalism and mental health. Similarly, Dr. Chapman has published numerous papers in scientific journals and has written several book chapters. Dr. Chapman is on the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board for the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and is a Mental Health Expert for TrueSport, a subsidiary for the United States Antidoping Agency (USADA). Dr. Chapman serves on several Editorial Boards including the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Clinical Child and Family Psychologist Review. Additionally, Dr. Chapman is a Media Psychologist and regularly contributes to and serves as a consultant for multiple media outlets including A&E and other production companies. Along these lines, Dr. Chapman is also on the Psychology Expert Media Panel for the Coalition for the Application and Advancement of Psychological Science (CAAPS). Most recently, Dr. Chapman was the Program Psychologist for Seasons 1 and 2 on A&E’s hit documentary 60 Days In. Dr. Chapman has been featured in US News and World Report, USA Today, NBC Health, Bloomberg Business Week, Men’s Health, and numerous other outlets including the Nick News documentary Worried Sick: Living with Anxiety, a feature on adolescent anxiety. Dr. Chapman also serves as the Team Psychologist for the Louisville City Football Club. Dr. Chapman previously served as an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Chapman completed a BS in Psychology from Centre College, a MS in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville.


Simon Rego, PsyD, ABPP, A-CBT

Simon Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT

Dr. Rego is Chief of Psychology and Director of Psychology Training at Montefiore Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. He is Board Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, Certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, and Certified as a Cognitive Therapy Trainer/Consultant by the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. He is also a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.  

Dr. Rego has more than 50 publications (including a book for professionals on the treatment of OCD and a forthcoming book for professionals on the treatment of Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia) and nearly 200 professional presentations. He also co-authored 2 self-help books (The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach and The CBT Workbook for Mental Health) which have now been translated into German, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Dutch. Dr. Rego has been working with media since 2004 and has specialized interests in the use of social media to educate the public about mental health and the identification, implementation, and evaluation of emerging technologies to improve treatment outcomes. 

Dr. Rego is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). He was the recipient of the 2008 Award for Distinguished Early Career Psychologists by the New York State Psychological Association, the 2015 Peterson Prize from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, and the 2018 Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. In 2021, he was selected to join the Montefiore Physician Leadership Academy's Physician Leadership Program and in 2023 was selected to join the Montefiore Einstein Innovation Biodesign Training Program.

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