Professional Psychology: Research and Practice®

ISSN: 0735-7028
eISSN: 1939-1323
Published: bimonthly, beginning in February
ISI Impact Factor: 1.234
Psychology - Multidisciplinary : 50 of 127

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Writing Guidelines

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Contemporary Assessment Practice

Expanding care
Ronald T. Brown is focused on publishing research that could increase access to mental health treatments (from Monitor on Psychology, December 2011)


Professional Psychology: Research and Practice ® publishes articles on the application of psychology, including the scientific underpinnings of the profession of psychology.

Articles that present assessment, treatment, and practice implications are encouraged. Both data-based and theoretical articles on techniques and practices used in the application of psychology are acceptable.

Specifically, this journal is an appropriate outlet for articles on

  • state-of-the-art literature reviews of clinical research on specific high-incidence disorders specifically written so as to draw out the implications for assessment and/or treatment
  • research and theory on public policy as it affects the practice of psychology
  • current advances in applications from such fields as health psychology, community psychology, psychology of women, clinical neuropsychology, family psychology, psychology of ethnicity and culture, forensic psychology, and other areas
  • standards of professional practice and delivery of services in a variety of contexts—industries, institutions, and other organizations
  • research and theory as they concern the interests of those in the practice of psychology

The journal also publishes brief reports on research or practice in professional psychology.

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Ronald T. Brown
University of North Texas at Dallas

Associate Editors

Kathi A. Borden
Antioch University New England

Connie Chan
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Jessica Henderson Daniel
Harvard University

Janet R. Matthews
Loyola University New Orleans

Consulting Editors

Norman Abeles
Michigan State University, Emeritus

Nancy Alford
Private Practice

Douglas Barnett
Wayne State University

Jeffrey E. Barnett
Independent Practice, Arnold, MD

Jennifer Bearse
George Fox University

Maryka Biaggio

Bruce L. Bobbitt
OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions

Kristi Bratkovich
Oklahoma City Veterans Administration Medical Center

James H. Bray
Baylor College of Medicine

Alfiee Breland-Noble
Duke University

Robert Brown
University of Maryland (Emeritus)

Linda F. Campbell
University of Georgia

Cindy I. Carlson
University of Texas at Austin

Jean A. Carter
Independent Practice, Washington, DC

Lillian Comas-Diaz
Transcultural Mental Health

Barbara A. Cubic
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Lisa-Ann Cuccurullo
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

John F. Curry
Duke University

Brian P. Daly
Drexel University

Eugene D'Angelo
Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School

Patrick H. DeLeon
Former APA President

David DeMatteo
Drexel University

Elizabeth J. Doll
University of Nebraska Lincoln

Louise Douce
The Ohio State University

Leslie R. Drew
Alexandria Veterans Administration Health Care System

Nancy S. Elman
University of Pittsburgh, Emeritus

Eugene W. Farber
Emory University School of Medicine

Eva Feindler
Long Island University

Stephanie Felgoise
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Celia B. Fisher
Fordham University

Linda Forrest
University of Oregon

C. Laurel Franklin
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

Donald K. Freedheim
Case Western Reserve University

Miguel E. Gallardo
Pepperdine University

John C. Gonsiorek
Argosy University/Twin Cities

Michael C. Gottlieb
Independent Practice, Dallas, Texas

Lisa Grossman
Independent Practice, Chicago, Illinois

Melissa Allen Heath
Brigham Young University

Jennifer Hillman
Pennsylvania State University, Berks College

George W. Hynd
The College of Charleston

Yo Jackson
University of Kansas

W. Brad Johnson
United States Naval Academy

Randy W. Kamphaus
Georgia State University

Nadine J. Kaslow
Emory University

Jennifer F. Kelly
Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine

Mary Beth Kenkel
Florida Institute of Technology

Samuel Knapp
Pennsylvania Psychological Association

Elaine S. LeVine
New Mexico State University and The Center Through the Looking Glass

John C. Linton
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Susan H. McDaniel
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Timothy Melchert
Marquette University

Jeffery S. Mio
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

John C. Norcross
University of Scranton

Roberta Nutt
University of Houston

Bonnie Ohye
Red Sox Foundation/MGH Home Base Program

Steven J. Ondersma
Wayne State University

John E. Pachankis
Yeshiva University

Roger L. Peterson
Antioch University New England

Jose Pons
Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Roberta Radunovich
University of Florida

Jaquelyn Liss Resnick
University of Florida

Michael C. Roberts
University of Kansas

William N. Robiner
University of Minnesota

Glenda Russell
University of Colorado at Boulder

Morgan T. Sammons
California School of Professional Psychology

Edward P. Shafranske
Pepperdine University

Michelle D. Sherman
Oklahoma City VAMC

Ric G. Steele
University of Kansas

George Stricker
American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

Robert Switzer
Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Deborah J. Tharinger
University of Texas at Austin

Steven Tovian
North Shore University Health System

Leon D. VandeCreek
Wright State University

Danny Wedding
California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University

Erica H. Wise
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Theresa A. Wozencraft
University of Louisiana Lafayette

Eric A. Youngstrom
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Ronald T. Brown, PhD
University of North Texas at Dallas
Offce of the President
7300 University Hills Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75241

General correspondence may be directed to Sharon Ramos, the journal's Manuscript Coordinator.

For potential use by the editorial office and later by the production office, the corresponding author should supply:

  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Fax number
  • Affiliation

For all other authors, please supply names, email addresses, and affiliations.

Submit manuscripts in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) and keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss.

Manuscript Length and Style

Full-length manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). The entire paper (text, references, tables, etc.) must be double spaced.

For general guidelines to style, authors should study articles previously published in the journal. They should note that the readership of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice consists of psychologists from a broad range of subspecialties engaged mainly in practice, and some in training careers.

The introduction of the manuscript should be written to anchor the topic in the experiential world of these readers. The final section should be an implications and applications section, which provides concrete and usable information that can be used in everyday clinical practice or in training programs. View additional writing guidelines.

Masked Review Policy

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice uses a masked reviewing system.

In order to permit anonymous review, all authors' names, affiliations, and contact information should be removed from the manuscript itself and included instead in the submittal letter. Every effort should be made by the authors to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities.

Please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Research on Psychological Issues and Interventions for Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families

    Special issue of the APA journal Professional Psychology, Vol. 45, No. 6, December 2014. Includes articles about provision of care, working with gender-sensitive issues and sexual–gender minority veterans, effects of deployment on spouses and children, and assessment and treatment interventions.

  • Multicultural Practice in Professional Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 43, No. 3, June 2012. Includes articles about clinicians' self-perceived cultural competence; culture in diagnostic assessment; addressing cultural impasses; and racism, trauma, and coping.

  • Telehealth and Technology Innovations in Professional Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 42, No. 6, December 2011. Includes articles about legal and ethical issues in telehealth; risk management; security management; electronic medical records; social media activity; and specific Internet-based treatments for various disorders.

  • Psychological Services for Veterans and Military Service Members and Their Families

    Special issue of the APA journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 42, No. 1, February 2011. Includes articles about working with military women and veterans; PTSD and traumatic brain injury treatment; mental health stigma; reintegration; helping families with the deployment process; and professional burnout and competence.

  • Psychologists Responding to Hurricane Katrina

    Special issue of the APA journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 39, No. 1, February 2008. The articles discuss Hurricane Katrina and the storm's impact on psychological practice in New Orleans; recognition, recovery, and reconstruction; emergency and ongoing mental health relief services; school-based disaster mental health services; public mental health; crisis management; and implications for future disaster response.

  • Training and Employment of Professional Psychologists

    Special issue of the journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 31, No. 3, June 2000. The articles are divided into four special sections: supply and demand for psychologists in the United States; supply and demand for psychology internship placements; evolving internship experiences in professional psychology; and the "silent discussion" of master's-level training.