In addition to being a clinician, I am an academic author and have contributed over 50 papers and one co-authored textbook to the professional literature. I worked with Red Ventures for many years as a medical reviewer of their articles on psychological topics, which can be found on their Healthline, Greatest, Medical News Today, and Psych Central web pages. In fact, you may have found me by searching for me after reading one of the articles I reviewed. My work with Red Ventures encompassed many wonderful years. It allowed me to ensure that critical information on mental health issues was available to persons with concerns who sought answers to their questions online. As I am no longer affiliated with Red Ventures, I cannot discuss their proprietary materials (as I mentioned on the home page of this site). However, on this page, I have included a few of my more recent publications/professional efforts/endeavors. These publications are geared toward other healthcare professionals but reflect themes of my work as a psychologist and psychotherapist.
"Wizard of Oz Syndrome"
What attributes make the most effective counselor to work with persons who struggle with addictive disorders? Dr. Legg addresses this age-old argument in an upcoming article to be published in the journal Advances in Addiction & Recovery. His paper explores various aspects of an argument that is as old as the field of addiction counseling itself!
ADHD in Adults
Is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder a "real thing" in adults? A recently co-authored article in the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing addresses this issue and helps to dispel some (far too common) myths about ADHD in adulthood:
Mental Health Screening in Women
Research has shown that twice as many women experience depression during their lives as men, and the American Psychiatric Association reports that women are twice as likely as men to experience generalized anxiety disorder or a panic disorder. Dr. Legg addresses the importance of screening for mental health issues by primary care providers in the 5th edition of Advanced Health Assessment of Women: Clinical Skills and Procedures.
Psychological Trauma in America's Nursing Homes
Dr. Legg and his psychiatrist colleague, Dr. Berger, examine the impact of unrecognized and untreated trauma on the lives of older adults in America's nursing homes. In this article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, they further examine challenges and opportunities related to new federal regulations requiring nursing homes to identify and address trauma.
Can Psychoanalysis Really Treat Addiction?
While many people with addictive disorders struggle with relapse, we must ask ourselves if anything else could be done to help them. In this article, Dr. Legg explores an alternative to brief therapies by reaching back to the earliest and most comprehensive treatment we have for behavioral change; one that he uses every day in his clinical practice—psychoanalysis.
When Should Psychoanalysis Be Integrated Into Existing Addiction Treatment?
First we tried Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), then Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), then Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as 12-Step Groups... and nothing is helping! At what point do we acknowledge that things aren't working and that it's time to use a more definitive approach to treating addictive disorders? In this article Dr. Legg offers some thoughts on how therapists should proceed when it becomes clear that the "status quo" just isn't working.