Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal®

ISSN: 1095-158X
eISSN: 1559-3126
Published: quarterly, beginning in March
ISI Impact Factor: 0.718
Rehabilitation : 53 of 69

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal ® (PRJ) publishes original contributions related to the rehabilitation, psychosocial treatment, and recovery of people with serious mental illnesses. PRJ's target audience includes psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners and researchers, as well as recipients of mental health and rehabilitation services.

PRJ encourages submissions regarding mechanisms of change in rehabilitation and psychosocial treatment programs, as well as evaluation studies of model programs, and investigations of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of programs conducted in "real world" settings. Descriptive studies of "cutting edge" programs, especially those informed by the lived experience of mental illness, are also welcome.

Topics within the purview of PRJ include:

  • studies of the development, refinement, or evaluation of psychiatric rehabilitation or psychosocial treatment programs, including rigorous case studies, open pilot studies, quasi-experimental designs, and randomized controlled trials
  • research on the implementation of rehabilitation or psychosocial treatment programs, including studies of organizations and organizational change
  • studies of peer support or other peer provided interventions for persons living with serious mental illness
  • qualitative or quantitative research addressing important domains of functioning for psychiatric rehabilitation, such as employment, education, parenting, housing, social relationships, community inclusion, health, and well-being
  • studies of evidence-based interventions, recovery-based care, and their integration
  • research on special populations of people with serious mental illnesses, such as persons with co-occurring substance use disorders, older individuals, people with intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities, persons with a recent onset of mental illness, or people with co-morbid medical disorders
  • studies focusing on special needs or disparities in access to, or outcomes from rehabilitation or psychosocial treatments for minority populations based on characteristics such as ethnicity, race, religion, culture, or sexual orientation
  • research on the development or psychometric evaluation of instruments designed to measure outcomes relevant to rehabilitation or psychosocial treatment
  • studies aimed at better understanding the nature of recovery from serious mental illness, including research focusing on hope, empowerment, self-determination, and resiliency
  • studies utilizing participatory action approaches to research design, implementation, and evaluation
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Judith A. Cook
University of Illinois at Chicago

Kim T. Mueser
Boston University

Managing Editor

Kathleen Furlong-Norman
Editorial Office, Boston University

Consulting Editors

Dulal K. Bhaumik
University of Illinois at Chicago

Max Birchwood
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Gary R. Bond
Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Lebanon, NH

Marit Borg
Buskerud University College, Kongsberg, Norway

Catana Brown
Midwestern University

Peter F. Buckley
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University

Francine Cournos
Columbia University Medical Center

Larry Davidson
Yale University School of Medicine

Maryann Davis
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Patricia Deegan
Pat Deegan, PhD & Associates, LLC, Byfield, MA

Jonathan Delman
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Lisa B. Dixon
Columbia University

Robert E. Drake
Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Lebanon, NH

Charles Drebing
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA

Benjamin G. Druss
Emory University

Marsha L. Ellison
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Marianne Farkas
Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Kenneth J. Gill
Rutgers - School of Health Related Professions

John Gleeson
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia

Shirley Glynn
University of California Los Angeles

Richard W. Goldberg
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Barbara Granger
Granger Consultation Services, LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Alexis Henry
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dori S. Hutchinson
Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Mary A. Jansen
Bayview Behavioral Consulting, Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada

Terry Krupa
Queen's University School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Max Lachman
University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

J. Steven Lamberti
University of Rochester Medical Center

Tania Lecomte
University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

H. Stephen Leff
Human Services Research Institute, Inc., Cambridge, MA

Alisa K. Lincoln
Northeastern University

Weili Lu
Rutgers - School of Health Related Professions

Alicia Lucksted
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Arthur J. Lurigio
Loyola University Chicago

Kim L. MacDonald-Wilson
Recovery Development and Implementation at Community Care Behavioral Health, Philadelphia, PA

Joseph Marrone
University of Massachusetts

Gary A. Morse
Places for People, Inc., St Louis, MO

Patricia B. Nemec
Trainer and Consultant, Warner, NH

Joanne Nicholson
Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Lebanon, NH

David Penn
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Roger H. Peters
University of South Florida

Susan A. Pickett
Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., Sudbury, MA

Alexander M. Ponizovsky
Mental Health Services, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel

Stefan Priebe
University of London, United Kingdom

Lisa Razzano
University of Illinois at Chicago

Sandra G. Resnick
Yale University School of Medicine

Priscilla Ridgeway
Trainer and Consultant, Wichita, KS

David Roe
University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

Sally Rogers
Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Rita Roncone
University of L'Aquila, Italy

Abraham Rudnick
University of British Columbia, Canada

Zlatka Russinova
Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Michelle P. Salyers
Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis

Mark S. Salzer
Temple University

Benedetto Saraceno
University Nova of Lisbon, Portugal

Lisa T. Schmidt
Drexel University

Russell K. Schutt
University of Massachusetts

Steven M. Silverstein
Rutgers-University Behavioral HealthCare

Lindy Fox Smith
LB Fox & Associates, LLC, Panama City Beach, FL

Phyllis Solomon
University of Pennsylvania

Margaret Swarbrick
Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Inc., Freehold, NJ

Wilma Swildens
Altrecht Mental Health Care, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Graham Thornicroft
King’s College, London, United Kingdom

Haiyi Xie
Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Lebanon, NH

Anthony M. Zipple
Seven Counties Services, Inc., Louisville, KY

Abstracting & Indexing

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  • Sociological Abstracts
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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


Manuscripts must be submitted electronically (.rtf or .doc) through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Judith A. Cook
University of Illinois at Chicago
Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
Chicago, IL

Kim T. Mueser
Boston University
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Boston, MA

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

We strive to ensure that articles and brief reports published in the journal include implications for practice to promote the translation of research findings into useful applications for the field. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal® (PRJ) also promotes the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association goal of improving the quality of services designed to support positive community adjustment and integration.

PRJ gives priority to submissions that are clearly applicable to the development, administration, and delivery of psychiatric rehabilitation and other mental health-related services. Data-driven articles that report on the results of rigorous research are especially welcome. Qualitative studies are welcome if they follow established procedures for qualitative research including well-justified sample sizes, and clearly documented analytic strategies.

Pre-post evaluations of services are welcome if they are adequately powered and especially if they include comparison groups. Measurement development or testing research is welcome if the measures pertain to recovery, psychiatric rehabilitation, or mental health more broadly. Comprehensive literature reviews, policy studies, and theoretical manuscripts are also accepted for review depending on their originality, timeliness, and importance to the field.

PRJ welcomes submissions from mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation researchers, service providers, administrators or policy makers; persons with lived experience of psychiatric disability; and family members. We also welcome submissions for the “Speaking Out” section, which have a focus on advocacy and suggest some type of system change or a new perspective that could improve service delivery and outcomes.

Manuscripts are evaluated by the PRJ editorial team according to the following criteria:

  • material is original and timely,
  • writing is clear and concise,
  • appropriate study methods are used,
  • data are valid,
  • conclusions are reasonable and supported by study results,
  • information is important, and
  • topic has relevance to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health services.

From these criteria, the editors select papers for peer review. Papers of insufficient priority are promptly rejected.

Masked Review

This journal has a policy of masked review for all submissions.

A title page should include all authors’ names and institutional affiliations and a complete mailing and e-mail address for the Corresponding Author. The manuscript should omit this information but should include the title of the manuscript and an abbreviated title to serve as the running head on each page of the manuscript.

Authors must make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors’ identities. This includes removing the names of academic or other institutions from human subjects assurance statements, and references to authors’ prior publications that include citations revealing their identities.

Manuscripts are sent for peer review to at least two independent reviewers.

A separate statistical review is obtained when a reviewer or the editors request it. Authors are informed about the review decision after the review process is completed.

Manuscripts that are not rejected after the first round of peer review usually require revision and re-review by one or more of the original reviewers. Revised manuscripts must conform to the general requirements listed below, including specified word counts, and word counts must be adhered to in revised submissions.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts should be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual)

Follow US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) Language Guidelines. These guidelines are based on the fundamental values of the psychiatric rehabilitation field: respecting the worth and dignity of all persons and groups, as well as honoring and advocating for individual rights and interests, and opposing discrimination in services and in society.

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Use 12-point Times New Roman font with consistent headings and subheadings and omit underlining. All references should be included in the reference list in APA format. Use of Endnotes is not permitted.

All research manuscripts should include a structured abstract containing a maximum of 250 words. Abstracts that are incomplete or do not conform to the following structure will be returned to the authors for revision.

  • Objective: the primary purpose of the article should be clearly stated.
  • Methods: this section must state the sample size and nature of subjects, data sources, study design, how dependent variables were measured and the specific analytic techniques (statistical tests, qualitative analysis strategy) that were used.
  • Results: primary findings should be stated clearly and concisely, describing statistical results as appropriate.
  • Conclusions and Implications for Practice: implications of the findings for the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, mental health, or recovery should be clearly stated and future directions may be described.

All theoretical manuscripts should include a structured abstract with the following required sections:

  • Objective: the primary purpose of the article should be clearly stated.
  • Method: this section should describe the methodology used and type of analysis conducted.
  • Findings: primary findings should be stated clearly and concisely.
  • Conclusions and Implications for Practice: implications of the findings for the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, mental health, or recovery should be clearly stated and future directions may be described.

Abstracts for brief reports should not exceed 150 words.

Please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases after the abstract.

Manuscript Length

Articles should not exceed 5,000 words, excluding tables, figures, and references. Manuscripts submitted for the “Speaking Out” section, as well as Brief Reports, should not exceed 1,500 words. Letters to the Editor should not exceed 300 words. All revisions must adhere to these word limits.

Authors must review and use the Guidelines for Nonhandicapping Language in APA Journals.


Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section. Please do not use Endnotes in submissions. All references should be included in the reference list in APA format.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Parents With Psychiatric Disabilities

    Special issue of APA's Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Vol. 37, No. 3, September 2014. Articles discuss policy, practice, and research challenges regarding families with parents with psychiatric disabilities, as well as ways to bridge the gaps among those challenges.

  • Special Issue on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Model of Supported Employment

    Special issue of APA's Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Vol. 37, No. 2, June 2014. Articles examine the mechanisms and strategies for improving the quality, implementation, and availability of IPS services; address IPS for new populations; and discuss funding mechanisms and public policy.

  • Illness/Wellness Management for Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses

    Special issue of APA's Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Vol. 36, No. 4, December 2013. The articles are evidence of the explosion in the development, evaluation, adaptation, and implementation of programs aimed at improving the ability of consumers to manage psychiatric, medical, and substance use disorders in collaboration with others.