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Carla Clark, PhD, has been a senior Brain Blogger contributor covering topics from forgetting of unwanted memories to back to school suicides. She is the co-author of Mind Your Head, a self-help book providing simple, evidence-based techniques for life development. Not only a scientific consultant, writer, and researcher in a variety of fields including neuropsychology, biotechnology and molecular biology, she will be leading a brain training and social platform for life development. Her article “Brain Sex in Men and Women – From Arousal to Orgasm” topped our most read article list for the year. We are thrilled to report that as of December 2014, Dr. Clark will serve as section editor of Psychology & Psychiatry for Brain Blogger. Here, I interview her on this new undertaking.
Lakhan: What is your favorite quote?
No, no, you’re not thinking; you’re just being logical. – Niels Bohr
Lakhan: What drew you to medical journalism?
Clark: To be bluntly honest, I get a real kick out of writing, teaching and talking about all things science, especially when it can help us improve our quality of life. Medical journalism in particular, is an amazing space for me to be in, it inherently keeps me at the forefront of research and there is NEVER a dull moment with scientific innovation. It drew me in, hook, line and sinker.
Lakhan: Among your articles on Brain Blogger, which is your favorite and why?
Clark: This is a really tough question as I routinely announce, “This is my most interesting article yet!”, every single time a new article is published, without fail. Why? You can, and should always, improve your writing, interpretation of results and reporting skills. But if I was forced at gunpoint to pick one, it would have to be “Life After Death – The Science of Near Death Experiences“. Mainly because of personal fascination, it’s one of our greatest unknowns.
Lakhan: As section editor of Psychology & Psychiatry, what do you aim to accomplish? What should readers look forward to under your editorship?
Clark: The relationship between psychology and psychiatry is increasingly being portrayed as a guild war, when in actuality, they are co-evolving, along with neuroscience, in the development of tomorrow’s more effective diagnosis, therapies and treatments. I plan on bringing readers along for the ride. Together we can witness the future of the mental health profession unfolding, spearheaded by the latest and greatest research.