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Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists

Mark Muse (Editor), Bret A. Moore (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-90757-3
528 pages
April 2012
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"Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists is a remarkably thorough introductory textbook for integrating psychotropic drug prescribing into psychological practices. It covers basic concepts in physiology, neurology, and pharmacology in easily understood language. Not only is this book a requirement for any psychologist seeking to gain prescriptive authority, but it is also helpful for any mental health clinician who collaborates with prescribers of any discipline. I recommend it highly." —Daniel Carlat, MD, Editor in Chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report

"An important resource for any psychologist who is preparing to become a prescribing psychologist or for any psychologist who wants to be informed about the practice of medical psychology." —Joseph E. Comaty, PhD, MP, coauthor of A Primer of Drug Action

"Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists is an excellent treatise written by psychologists for psychologists." —From the Foreword by Patrick H. DeLeon, PhD, and Jack G. Wiggins, PhD, former presidents of the American Psychological Association

An essential and practical guide to integrating psychopharmacology into clinical practice

Edited by medical psychologists with contributions by notable experts in their respective specialties, Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists covers key topics including:

  • Ethics, standards of care, laws, and regulations relevant to clinical psychopharmacology

  • Disorders of the nervous system, with particular relevance to psychopharmacology

  • Use of comprehensive diagnostic strategies to establish differential diagnoses among possible medical and psychological symptoms

  • Integration of pharmacotherapy with psychotherapy

This essential book also provides an introduction to the qualifying exam for psychologists seeking specialty training in psychopharmacology, the Psychopharmacology Exam for Psychologists (PEP). The PEP-like practice test is available on the companion CD-ROM.

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Integrating Care: A Foreword on Changing Times ix
Patrick H. DeLeon  Jack G. Wiggins

About the Editors xv

About the Contributors xvii

List of Illustrations xxiii

List of Tables xxv

Chapter 1 Medical Psychology: Definitions, Controversies, and New Directions 1
Bret A. Moore,  Mark Muse

Chapter 2 Integrating Clinical Psychopharmacology Within the Practice of Medical Psychology 17
Mark Muse,  Bret A. Moore

Chapter 3 Neuroscience 45
Ken Fogel, George M. Kapalka

Chapter 4 Nervous System Pathology 107
Mark Muse, Jonathan M. Borkum, Massi Wyatt

Chapter 5 Physiology and Pathophysiology 193
Lawrence R. Kotkin

Chapter 6 Biopsychosocial and Pharmacological Assessment and Monitoring 241
Robert D. Younger

Chapter 7 Differential Diagnosis in Medical Psychology 283
Kevin M. McGuinness, Michael R. Tilus, Erin M. McGuinness, Mary Y. Sa

Chapter 8 Pharmacology 321
Randall Tackett

Chapter 9 The Practice of Clinical Psychopharmacology 353
William J. Burns, Lenore Walker, Jose A. Rey

Chapter 10 Research in Clinical Psychopharmacology 431
Robert E. McGrath

Chapter 11 Professional, Legal, Ethical, and Interprofessional Issues in Clinical Psychopharmacology 457
Lisa Cosgrove,  Bret A. Moore

Epigraph 483

Index 485

About the CD-ROM 499

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Mark Muse, EdD, is licensed as a prescribing medical psychologist by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and is licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists, with competency to consult with patients and providers on psychopharmacotherapy.

Bret A. Moore, PsyD, ABPP, is a conditional prescribing psychologist in New Mexico and board-certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

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Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists brings together in a single volume a vast amount of information normally contained in a dozen or more volumes. It is well written, concise yet comprehensive, well organized, and densely packed with lists, tables, vocabulary, and references. For those of you awaiting the release this book, you will not be disappointed. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the practice of medical psychology and to update or review their skills of prescribing psychotropics. For those studying for the Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists (PEP) this book is pure gold. (Archives of Medical Psychology, Volume 2, Issue 2, December 2011)

This book is concise, yet almost encyclopedic in scope. The illustrations and tables are precise and are extremely helpful in amplifying the text. In fact, the tables are so valuable that having this book is almost worth it just for the tables. The key terms and questions at the end of each chapter are wonderful learning tools and assist the reader in reviewing and integrating the essential information within each chapter.

While there are concepts within this book with which the advanced practitioner will be familiar, they are essential for novices in the psychopharmacology or those not yet familiar with psychiatric medications. For example, understanding the workings of the cytochrome P450 enzymes system and its effects on medication and medication interactions is essential knowledge for the practitioner. Also, commonly used herbs and supplements, and their effects are also found within this text.

This is the type of book that not only helps one prepare for the Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists but also belongs on the bookshelf for all psychologists providing clinical treatment in today’s mental health environment. Once a practitioner undertakes mastering the material in this text, the practitioner can expect to come away with a new and enhanced view of providing psychological mental health services.
From The Tablet (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy), Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2012

"The Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists is an excellent treatise written by psychologists for psychologists."
—From the Foreword by Patrick H. DeLeon, Ph.D., and Jack G. Wiggins, Ph.D., former presidents of the American Psychological Association

"The Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists is a remarkably thorough introductory textbook for integrating psychotropic drug prescribing into psychological practices. It covers basic concepts in physiology, neurology, and pharmacology in easily understood language. Not only is this book a requirement for any psychologist seeking to gain prescriptive authority, but it is helpful for any mental health clinician who collaborates with prescribers of any discipline--whether psychiatry, primary care medicine, or nurse practitioners. It would also serve as a useful review for psychiatrists who may have forgotten some of the basics of neurophysiology and pharmacology since residency. I recommend it highly."
Daniel Carlat, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report

"An important resource for any psychologist who is preparing to become a prescribing psychologist or for any psychologist who wants to be informed about the practice of medical psychology."
Joseph E. Comaty, Ph.D., M.P., coauthor of A Primer of Drug Action

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