Journal of Pediatric Psychology highlights

A host of exciting special issues ahead for JPP.

By Grayson N. Holmbeck, PhD
Exciting things are happening in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (JPP). In Issue #2 (March) of this year, Kris Berlin and Bryan Karazsia guest edited a special issue on quantitative methodologies. I hope that our readers find this issue useful; indeed, the editors asked authors to write “readable” papers on statistical methods.
In Issue #8 (Sept.), we will publish a double-length issue on evidence-based interventions in pediatric psychology, guest edited by Tonya Palermo. One exciting feature of this special issue is that it will be published simultaneously with a related Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology (CPPP) special issue, guest edited by Bryan Carter. In order to make room for this “fat” issue within our page allocations, some of the other 2014 issues will need to be “skinny.” 
Two special issues currently being processed are:
  • Direct Observation Research in Pediatric Psychology, guest edited by Tim Wysocki.
  • Peer Relations in Youth with Chronic Illness, guest co-edited by Vicki Helgeson and Grayson Holmbeck.
Finally, we have a number of exciting special issues with active calls:
  • Resilience in Youth with Chronic Illnesses or Developmental Disabilities and their Families, guest edited by Marisa Hilliard, Korey Hood, Laura Nabors, and Elizabeth McQuaid — Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014.
  • Trauma and Child Health, guest edited by Annette La Greca, Jonathan Comer, and Betty Lai — Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014.
  • Diversity and Health Disparities, guest edited by Celia Lescano, Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, and Elizabeth McQuaid — Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015.
  • Cost-Effectiveness and Economic Impact of Pediatric Psychology Intervention, guest edited by David Janicke and Kevin Hommel — Deadline: May 1, 2015.
I would also like to remind readers about JPP’s new ongoing series: Historical Analysis in Pediatric Psychology. This special series of papers is devoted to the history of pediatric psychology. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this series can contact me to discuss potential papers prior to submission. There is no deadline for these papers. They may be submitted anytime. All submissions will be peer reviewed and should comply fully with the JPP Instructions to Authors. Papers in this series should be tightly focused contributions that expand our understanding of the roots, evolution and/or impact of pediatric psychology as a discipline. Manuscripts may focus on the influence of individuals, published works, organizations, conceptualizations, philosophies or approaches or clinical and professional activities. Successful papers should articulate a clear purpose/question and develop a compelling argument for the topic. Contributions should include a breadth of coverage, such that contradictory data are included and potential biases acknowledged. Papers should rely on primary sources and must be clearly and appropriately referenced.  
As always, I thank the associate editors for their remarkable work: Dean Beebe, John Lavigne, Tonya Palermo, Lori Stark, Ric Steele and Tim Wysocki. I also thank Susan Wood for her excellent work as the journal’s editorial assistant. 
For any type of manuscript, please see the Instructions to Authors. Papers can be submitted via JPP’s manuscript submission site. If you have feedback or questions, contact me.