A new editorial team takes the helm of the journal Psychological Services this month-one that's notably diverse and has doubled the number of journal issues each year from two to four.
Recently-appointed editor Patrick DeLeon, JD, PhD, APA's 2000 president, has recruited four associate editors with varied ethnic backgrounds and from different professional settings to steer the journal, which publishes research on psychological services provided in public sector settings. The team is already reviewing manuscripts for the journal, which will be published by APA Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) and the APA imprint Educational Publishing Foundation in March, June, September and December.
The associate editors are Shelia M. Brandt, PsyD, of Minnesota State-Operated Forensic Services, Leon Green, PhD, of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) New Jersey Health Care System, Jill M. Oliveira-Berry, PhD, of the Na Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System and Tripler Army Medical Center, and Cmdr. Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. DeLeon says he's also recruited a stable of similarly diverse reviewers who will be able to provide authors with thoughtful feedback.
"We have reached out to get a broad input from all aspects of the psychological, psychosocial and economic gradient," he says. "We want to make diversity not an afterthought, but a major component of where the journal will go. This is important because the population that uses public-sector health care is primarily poor, largely ethnic minority, and often with no alternatives."
While the journal accepts manuscripts related to a wide range of settings-prisons, courts, the Indian Health Service, the VA, military settings, university counseling centers, community mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals-DeLeon especially seeks manuscripts that are data-based.
For example, he notes, the VA's push to computerize its medical records provides fertile ground for psychologists to examine the data to find out which programs are most effective. Such research can arm psychologists with the knowledge they need to provide more effective services, says Oliveira-Berry.
"Successful models of service delivery across these various sites need to be written about and shared with other psychologists," she notes. "Submission to Psychological Services is one of the vehicles to do this."
DeLeon adds that he hopes more practitioners will submit papers to the journal to increase their presence in its pages.
Editorially, he plans to involve members of APA's Div. 18 and graduate students in the journal's peer-review process.
"What we want to do is give professional psychologists in public service settings a sense of where the 21st century is evolving," says DeLeon.
- D. Smith Bailey