Journal of Pediatric Psychology highlights

JPP update: Special issue deadlines

By Grayson N. Holmbeck, PhD

This year has been a great year for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (JPP). In fact, it is the 40th anniversary of our journal. First, we are well on our way to exceeding 300 submissions. We have also had several exciting papers and special issues. Our new initiative “Historical Analysis in Pediatric Psychology” was begun in issue 2 (edited by our historian Anne Kazak, PhD), we’ve had five pioneer papers, and several systematic and topical reviews have appeared. In issue 10, we will have papers from three of the Society of Pediatric Psychology award winners. Finally, I have asked Yelena Wu, PhD, and other scholars to write a paper focusing on state-of-the-art qualitative research methods.

When you saw issue 5, you may have thought that you were having problems with your vision. Actually, the font was adjusted (smaller) for issues 5-7 but has now been changed back to its original size (beginning with issue 8).

Three excellent special issues have been published in 2015:

  • Direct Observation Research in Pediatric Psychology (guest edited by Tim Wysocki, PhD; issue 1).
  • Peer Relations in Youth with Chronic Illness (guest co-edited by Vicki Helgeson, PhD, and Grayson Holmbeck, PhD; issue 3).
  • Resilience in Youth and Families Living with Pediatric Health and Developmental Conditions (guest edited by Marisa Hilliard, PhD; Korey Hood, PhD; Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD; and Laura Nabors, PhD; issue 9).

We also have several special issues and sections in progress:

  • Trauma and Child Health (guest edited by Annette La Greca, PhD; Jonathan Comer, PhD; and Betty Lai, PhD).
  • Diversity and Health Disparities (guest edited by Celia Lescano, PhD; Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, PhD; and Elizabeth McQuaid, PhD).
  • Cost-Effectiveness and Economic Impact of Pediatric Psychology Intervention (guest edited by David Janicke, PhD, and Kevin Hommel, PhD).
  • Sleep in Pediatric and Developmental Conditions (guest edited by Dean W. Beebe, PhD; Carolyn E. Ievers-Landis, PhD; and Lisa J. Meltzer, PhD). The latter special issue will be published in conjunction with special issues on the same topic in Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology and Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics .
  • Disorders of Sex Development (guest edited by David E. Sandburg, PhD; Nina Callens, PhD; and Vickie Pasterski, PhD).

Finally, we have four other special issue with deadlines that have not yet passed:

  • Family Processes and Outcomes (Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015; guest edited by Cynthia Gerhardt, PhD; Cynthia Berg, PhD; Deborah, Wiebe, PhD; and Grayson Holmbeck, PhD).
  • Psychology in Primary Care (Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015; guest edited by John Lavigne, PhD).
  • Unintentional Pediatric Injury (Deadline: June 1, 2016; guest edited by Barbara Morrongiello, PhD, and David Schwebel, PhD).
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Health (Deadline: Sept. 1, 2016; guest edited by Katie Devine, PhD; Maureen Monaghan, PhD; and Lisa Schwartz, PhD).

As always, I want to thank the associate editors for their remarkable work (Dean Beebe, John Lavigne, Tonya Palermo, Lori Stark, Ric Steele and Tim Wysocki) and Susan Wood for her excellent work as the editorial assistant for the journal.

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