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Monica Pignotti, MSW, PhD

Evidence-Based Practice, Critical Thinking and its flip-side, Pseudoscience

Monica Pignotti, MSW, PhD.

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New Publication of my research:

Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Monica Pignotti and Bruce Thyer
Novel Unsupported and Empirically Supported Therapies: Patterns of Usage Among Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Be sure to check out my new blogs:

Monica Pignotti: The Truth

Potentially Harmful and other Questionable Therapies

Cyber Abuse Awareness

Monica Pignotti's Journal of Clinical Psychology Articles on Thought Field Therapy

Retraction of 2001 Article on Thought Field Therapy and Heart Rate Variability

Callahan Fails to Meet the Burden of Proof for Thought Field Therapy's Claims

Copyright Notice for the above-two articles: The journal gives authors the rights to post their articles on their own websites, but no one may copy this article and post it elsewhere. Doing so is considered in violation of copyright law and will be dealt with accordingly.

Evidence-Based Practice

Watch evidence-based practice on television! A refreshing change after all the woo we see on TV. This program features an evidence-based therapy for OCD called Exposure and Response Prevention, carried out in a group setting by Dr. David Tolin.

The Cochrane Collaboration

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse
Contains evidence-based ratings on interventions for children

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking for Helping Professionals: A Skills-Based Workbook
by Leonard Gibbs and Eileen Gambrill

Teaching and Learning About Critical Thinking

Pseudoscience and Other Nonscientific Practices

Scott Lilienfeld on Psychological Treatments that Cause Harm

Health Fraud

Brandon Gaudiano's Debunking TFT


Research on Social Work Practice
Monica Pignotti is on the Editorial Board of this Journal, which specializes in intervention research and program evaluations.

The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice
Highly recommended, rigorous peer reviewed journal that provides critical analysis of novel unsupported therapies and other research and reviews.

How to be a Good Mental Health Consumer

Abusive Authoritarian Groups and Relationships

The International Cultic Studies Association

Recommended Blogs

Monica Pignotti's Blog

Psychotherapy Brown Bag
Excellent blog. Contains article that accurately describes my work

Jean Mercer's Child Myths Psychology Today Blog
[Important update: The reason the above link is no longer active is because after Dr. Mercer won a small claims lawsuit against her over the contents of her Psychology Today blog, she moved her blog to another host. Click here to view her new blog. Contrary to misinformation that has been posted about this matter, Psychology Today did not "fire" or suspend Dr. Mercer's blog. Click here for an accurate account of what actually transpired.

Bella DePaulo's Living Single Psychology Today Blog
Exposes myths, stereotypes and misrepresentations of research about people who are single

Scott Lilienfeld's Psychology Today Blog: The Skeptical Psychologist

Science-Based Medicine

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