As the incoming editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology (JCP), Brent Mallinckrodt, PhD, plans to build on the journal's reputation for featuring quality research across a range of issues on healthy human development and coping--and pay greater attention to older adults.

While the journal generally includes many studies on young adulthood and midlife, Mallinckrodt--a counseling psychology professor at the University of Missouri--looks to expand the number of articles concerning older adults too, such as those experiencing postretirement adjustment issues.

He will begin his six-year term editing the journal in January 2005. In his new post, he will aim to make articles relevant to both researchers and practitioners as well as to increase manuscript submissions, subscriptions and participation of underrepresented groups as authors and reviewers.

He also hopes to expand the number of brief reports, which involve impressive effect sizes obtained from small samples, such as 30 to 40 counseling clients.

"I hope to use brief reports to advance research in areas where large samples are notoriously difficult to obtain--for example, ethnic-minority participants or counseling clients in treatment settings," Mallinckrodt says. Furthermore, he hopes the brief reports can describe preliminary results of newly developed instruments for psychological studies.

"The idea is to get other researchers involved earlier in replicating these studies and disseminate the information sooner," Mallinckrodt says.

Mallinckrodt also wants to preserve the quality of the review process by, for example, setting up a system for training ad hoc reviewers or "editorial board members-in-training," as he calls them. The system might take the form of training sessions at APA conferences to help new reviewers develop the necessary skills, he says.

"The quality of the journal really depends on the quality of the reviews," explains Mallinckrodt, who has served for the past eight years as the North American associate editor for Psychotherapy Research. "I view a major part of my role as taking an active hand in improving the quality of those reviews."

Mallinckrodt is no stranger to JCP. He served on the editorial board for 10 years and has published--or has in press--26 JCP articles. Mallinckrodt's own research centers on the application of attachment theory to psychotherapy and on relationships throughout the life span.

Mallinckrodt, who is legally blind, says that taking the reins of the JCP editorship has proven that psychologists with disabilities can rise high in the field.

"In this profession, graduate students with disabilities may wonder how far they can go," Mallinckrodt says. "And I don't see any limit....You can go a long way in the profession of psychology."

Further Reading

Mallinckrodt will begin receiving manuscripts Jan. 1. Papers must be submitted through the Journal of Counseling Psychology.