Family psychology researcher Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, will take the helm of APA's Journal of Family Psychology next month with a goal of ensuring the journal reflects the diversity of today's families.
"Historically, the focus on diversity within family psychology has been on ethnicity," says Kaslow, a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. "We have a broader definition of family now," which includes more households run by same-sex or single parents or families with transgender parents.
Thus, she'll encourage an emphasis on couples research over marital research and research on families with people with disabilities. Kaslow will also encourage more papers on defining and fine-tuning education and training in family psychology. Since there's little research on family psychology training, she points out, "We're only now beginning to articulate and examine the competencies."
To stimulate dialogue among researchers and practitioners of family psychology, Kaslow is inviting practitioners to comment on empirical papers and researchers to respond to the feedback in a dialogue format.
She's also planning a survey to find out the kinds of information readers want and will encourage her editorial board to recruit early career and student reviewers so the journal can be a training tool.
Kaslow brings a wealth of family psychology and editing experience to the job. She was president of Div. 43 (Society for Family Psychology) in 2002 and will serve as its representative on APA's Council of Representatives in 2009. She was associate editor for JFP from 2003–08 and for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice from 2006–08.
Lately, her days are as diverse as her goals for JFP. When she's not teaching, seeing patients or conducting research, Kaslow is the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet, where she takes up to five classes a week. Kaslow, who has danced since age 3, works with preprofessional and professional ballerinas who are struggling with body-image problems or with juggling academics, dancing and family demands.