The Best-Kept Psychological Secrets

Ta-da! At long last, meet your new Savvy Psychologist, Dr. Jade Wu, and say farewell to your founding host, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen. This week, the two hosts exchange thoughts on the biggest challenges and best-kept secrets in psychology today (and throw in their thoughts on pizza and chickens).

Ellen Hendriksen, PhD
2-minute read
Episode #252

At long last, this is the episode where I introduce your new Savvy Psychologist, Dr. Jade Wu. And in planning this transition episode together, Jade and I decided we would ask each other about the state of psychology here and now.

Jade and I chatted from our respective home studios (and by home studios, I mean my guest bedroom with pillows piled around and Jade means her mom’s walk-in closet).

First up, we decided it’s important to tell listeners our backstory. We’ve known each other for a number of years and I had the pleasure of supervising Jade when she was in her final year of grad school. I’ve always been impressed with her presence and professionalism, not to mention that she’s a super-duper human. I know she is the exact right person to take over the reins of this podcast. 

Professionally, Jade is a clinical psychologist at Duke University School of Medicine. She specializes in health psychology, which is psychology at the intersection of mental and physical health. She superspecializes in sleep medicine and women’s mental health. Essentially, there’s nothing she can’t do. 

She presents regularly at international conferences and serves as a reviewer for top-tier journals like the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, and Behavioral Neuroscience, to name a few. 

She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with her family, three dogs, and six chickens.

We thought interviewing each other would be a nice way to wrap things up for me and to warm things up for Jade, so we chatted about the state of psychology at this moment in time. 

Press the red arrow on the player above to hear us discuss:

  • The biggest mental health challenge facing us humans today (spoiler: Jade says it’s probably in your pocket right now)
  • How the scarcity of affordable, accessible mental health care means that 56% of Americans are searching for treatment for themselves or a loved one
  • The difference between pain and suffering and the magical technique that can help us eliminate the latter
  • Why the people who are happiest with their relationships at age 50 are the healthiest at age 80
  • Why Jade used to eat way too much Domino’s pizza
  • What’s next for Ellen as she passes the mic to Jade

To wrap up, dear listeners, let’s not say goodbye! Stay tuned to Jade and the show, and also join me—there's always enough love to go around. Head over to EllenHendriksen.com and sign up for the email list. I am looking forward to bringing you evidence-based research, a sympathetic ear, and zero judgment for many years to come!

Medical Disclaimer
All content here is for informational purposes only. This content does not replace the professional judgment of your own mental health provider. Please consult a licensed mental health professional for all individual questions and issues.

About the Author

Ellen Hendriksen, PhD

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen is a clinical psychologist at Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA and completed her training at Harvard Medical School. Her scientifically-based, zero-judgment approach is regularly featured in Psychology Today, Scientific American, The Huffington Post, and many other media outlets. 

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