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Eric A. Youngstrom, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Co-Founder and Director, HGAPS.org
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Eric A. Youngstrom, PhD

About me

EYoungstrom is Eric A. Youngstrom, a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel-Hill, and a licensed clinical psychologist. I am one of the co-founders of Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS).[1]
I want to bring the best information directly to the people who would benefit, so I am starting over and learning more about open source alternatives for statistical analysis and data visualization, reference management, and other skills I use regularly in my work. These will be easier to share with people around the world and improve open science and reproducibility as well. I am an advocate of Creative Commons and other open licensing systems. I am maintaining some presence on LinkedIn and ResearchGate as ways of staying in touch with past students and new friends. A goal is to learn how to duplicate these networks as much as possible in ways that are more open and globally accessible.

I am interested in evidence-based assessment, clinical decision-making, sleep and its effects on mood and energy, and bipolar disorder.
I love teaching, especially when people are curious and want to grow. I often can't help myself but give long answers; my family and students have taught me to ask, "How long an answer do you want?"

My work

I am doing more with Wikipedia as part of my teaching, and especially as a way to make research evidence more available to the public. In the spring of 2021, I will be teaching two undergraduate classes (Developmental Psychopathology, and Archival Data Science for Psychology), along with a graduate course on clinical assessment in Fall 2021.

I am continuing to explore ways of increasing student's comfort and skill at making incremental edits to content WikiGnome activities until they get more comfortable and confident, as well as improving the quality of several pages about widely used measures in mental health. All of these classes use assessment as a way of understanding challenges with youths and families, and thinking about how to best make sense of data in ways that help people.

We also are trying out different ways of increasing the structure when making edits, borrowing several ideas from research on teaching. These include structured small group activities, as well as building templates that provide scaffolding so that contributors get guidance about what content to find and where to put it.

We also will be working to add new pages about psychological assessments to Wikipedia. We are prioritizing assessments that are (a) valid across a range of groups and settings, (b) free to use, and (c) have translations available in languages other than English. Because many of the people interested in reading these pages will be people already interested in psychology, we are aiming for a medium amount of detail -- not a "how-to," but enough information for people to be able to tell what the strengths and limitations of the tool might be for different purposes. We will work on linking these to relevant articles in Wikipedia as well as more specialized sites on the Internet. We are partnering with the Society for Clinical Psychology and the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology to add links to resources and information.

We have built an Evidence-based Psychological Assessment Wikiversity page with multiple subpages of materials, resources, and educational tools for clinicians, students, and researchers as a hub for psychology assessments, clinical vignettes, portfolios on how to assess for different mental disorders, and more. We have also been making incremental edits to pages under Psychology WikiProjects on Wikipedia. We currently have pushed a bunch of content generated by graduate students into the "Sandboxes" of the undergraduate course page.

Contact me

More about me at:

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I will be working on the new habit of checking my Wikipedia talk page at least weekly.

Other stuff -- course dashboards, badges can go here Coming soon! In early 2021, we are going to build a separate dashboard to track editing by HGAPS members across projects and locations.


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Resources to help with editing:

Editing Wikipedia Articles on Psychology