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Think your manuscript isn't appropriate for the journal Psychological Assessments? Think again.

The new editor of the journal, Milton E. Strauss, PhD, is adopting a broader vision for the journal, seeking manuscripts that go beyond the journal's roots in clinically focused research on measurement and evaluation.

"The future of this field will depend on us ramping up to take into account the major technical and theoretical changes that have occurred in psychometrics and substantive areas of psychology," says Strauss, a professor of psychology with a joint appointment in neurology and psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. "I'm particularly interested in bringing modern perspectives in psychometric theory to greater prominence."

To accomplish that goal, Strauss is welcoming submissions that explore assessment processes and methods as they apply to clinicians' diagnoses, evaluation of psychological characteristics and assessment of an intervention's effectiveness. He's also interested in articles that investigate assessment of personality, psychopathological symptoms, cognition and neuropsychological processes, and interpersonal behaviors with clinical relevance. He'll consider methodological, theoretical and review articles that address clinical assessment. He's even open to printing the occasional case study.

"We need to attract research that is grounded in basic psychology, cognitive psychology and social psychology," he says. "They have a lot to offer in conducting and thinking about clinically relevant assessments."

Strauss comes to Psychological Assessments as a seasoned editor, having served at the helm of APA's Journal of Abnormal Psychology from 1994 to 2000.

Among the lessons he learned at that post was to rely on the expertise of a diverse and talented team of associate editors. He's using that same model for Psychological Assessments, on which he'll work with five associate editors:

  • Kathleen Carol, PhD, of Yale University, whose expertise is addictions.

  • Frank Floyd, PhD, of Georgia State University, who studies child and family issues.

  • Lynda King, PhD, of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders at the Boston Veterans Administration, whose expertise lies in PTSD and other anxieties.

  • Timothy J. Trull, PhD, of the University of Missouri-Columbia, an expert in structured personality tests.

  • Eric Turkheimer, PhD, of the University of Virginia, whose strength lies in multivariate statistics.

Strauss himself will oversee manuscripts on decision-making and neuropsychology, as well as performance tests and self-report personality assessment.

"The split associate editor model...encourages active early midcareer scientists to take on major responsibilities in the journal process," he explains. "This is important for the future of quality journals."

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Effective Jan. 1, authors may submit manuscripts electronically to Strauss viawww.apa.org/journals/pas.html.