Dr. Katherine Nordal

Dr. Katherine Nordal

I am the executive director of professional practice at the American Psychological Association. But before coming to APA in 2008, I was a practicing psychologist in Vicksburg, Mississippi, for more than 30 years. I treated adults, children, teens and families in a number of areas, including stress-related disorders. My other interests include learning, behavioral and emotional disorders in children and teens, neuropsychological assessment, brain injury in children and adults, and civil forensic psychology.

Posts by Dr. Katherine Nordal:

Does your health insurance cover mental health treatment? The answer may surprise you!

Four years ago, in 2010, I wrote this about insurance coverage for mental health care:
“Mental health parity is real. It is happening. But depending on the kind of insurance plan you have and the kind of treatment you want, you may have to jump some hurdles to get the benefits you deserve.”
At that time, the mental …[Read More]

Helping your teen cope with end-of-school-year tests

As the school year draws to a close, and as students prepare for final  exams, standardized tests, and college admissions exams, their ability to deal with all of these pressures may be pushed to the maximum.
Recent findings from a survey on stress may come as a surprise to many of you: Teens report stress levels …[Read More]

How to help a struggling friend when your advice isn’t enough #therapyworks

#Howto help when a friend or family member is in emotional crisis. http://t.co/nDNwCuVwmG #therapyworks— APAHelpCenter (@APAHelpCenter) November 10, 2013
If you saw your friend unable to walk because of a broken leg, you probably wouldn’t try to fix it yourself, and you probably wouldn’t tell your friend to just “deal with it and be strong.” No, …[Read More]

Choose Psychotherapy: Another Treatment Option

As mental health advocates observe and blog about World Mental Health Day today, the American  Psychological Association (APA) wants to draw attention to psychotherapy as an effective treatment option for depression and other mental health issues.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects more than 350 million people globally.  And in the United States, …[Read More]