Deborah Beidel

Professor of Psychology, College of Sciences UCF Women Faculty Authors

Abnormal Psychology
Deborah Beidel, Cynthia Bulik, and Melinda Stanley
2011
Prentice Hall, Inc.

This leading-edge author team, consisting of three active researchers, clinicians, and educators, take a scientist-practitioner approach emphasizing the rich blend of both the science and practice of abnormal psychology throughout the text. The developmental trajectory of each condition is discussed where appropriate and scientific findings with respect to race and gender are incorporated into discussions about each condition.  Biological findings are integrated with findings from social and behavioral sciences, highlighting the complexity of abnormal behavior and how it is often influenced by a wide range of variables.  The authors encourage students to look at psychological disorders along a continuum and analyze disorders in terms of whether the individual’s behavior creates distress or impairs daily functioning. Importantly, an effort is made to “bring to life” the nature of these conditions by providing vivid clinical descriptions.   In addition to short descriptions used liberally throughout each chapter, a fully integrated case study is presented at the end of each chapter, again illustrating the interplay of biological, psychosocial and emotional factors.

 

 

Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis
Edited by Michel Hersen and Deborah Beidel
2012
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Now in its sixth edition, Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis offers comprehensive coverage of the major psychological disorders and presents a balanced integration of empirical data and diagnostic criteria to demonstrate the basis for individual diagnoses. The accessible format, overview chapters on broader issues—such as interviewing—that affect all diagnoses, and case study approach provide the ideal support for students to examine and understand how diagnoses are reached and applied.

Updated to reflect the latest advancements in psychopathology, this edition offers contributions by internationally renowned leaders in the field, thirty percent of whom are new to this edition. Coverage is featured of essential topics, including:

  • Neurobiological foundations of disorders
  • The problem of dual diagnoses
  • Expanded coverage of anxiety and gender issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Overview chapter on interviewing
  • Mental disorders as discrete clinical conditions with dimensional characteristics

Encompassing the most current research in the field, Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis, Sixth Edition provides a thorough introduction to the principles of the DSM-IV-TR classification system and its application in clinical practice, including dimensional and categorical classifications.

 

Social Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults: Translating Developmental Science into Practice
Edited by Candice A. Alfano and Deborah Beidel
2011
American Psychological Association

During adolescence, the physical, cognitive, and behavioral hallmarks of social anxiety disorder (SAD) often make their first appearance. This developmental period is characterized by rapid physical growth and sexual maturation, as well as unique emotional and cognitive developments and underlying neurological changes. At the same time, increasing social demands, peer pressure, romantic interests, hormonal changes, and greater independence present a dizzying and sometimes overwhelming array of challenges.
Although symptoms of social anxiety are common in adolescents, only recently have researchers begun to examine the problem in this age group. Fortunately, an increasing number of studies have uncovered important nuances in the development and presentation of social anxiety symptoms and SAD in adolescents and young adults.
This book assesses the implications of the research for both researchers and clinicians who want to provide the latest and most up-to-date treatments for their anxiety-plagued patients.
The contributors to this book examine social anxiety in the lives of young people (aged 12 to 25) in the context of dating and romantic relationships, alcohol and drug use, performance anxiety and school refusal, and alongside comorbid disorders such as depression. The unique challenges faced by special populations including LGBT, ethnic minority, and autistic adolescents are also considered, while clinically-oriented authors describe the latest techniques in assessment and treatment, including pharmacotherapy and cognitive-behavioral approaches.
The final chapter presents a model for SAD treatment in schools, with an eye towards the development of future programs for large-scale intervention.
Compassionate in tone and comprehensive in scope, Social Anxiety in Adolescents and Young Adults represents a significant step forward in the field of social anxiety.
Child Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to Research and Treatment, 2nd Edition
Deborah Beidel and Candice Alfano
2011
Routledge

Childhood anxiety disorders represent one of the most common psychological disorders found among the general population. They can be serious, distressful, and functionally impairing, so much so that there has been an explosion of interest in their treatment, primarily from pharmacological and cognitive-behavioral perspectives. Addressing these perspectives is the Second Edition of Child Anxiety Disorders. Beidel and Alfano pay close attention to new pharmacological and psychological interventions as well as multi-center trials that compare single and combined treatment modalities. Additionally, they include new case studies, sections on stability of childhood fears and the longitudinal course of anxiety disorders, and a new chapter on sleep and anxiety disorders. Written on the cusp of newly published information and studies, Child Anxiety Disorders is relevant, informative, and indispensible.

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