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Rehabilitation Psychology ® is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of rehabilitation psychology.

Rehabilitation Psychology is the official journal of APA's Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology). It is dedicated to the service of the Division and the broader fields of psychology and rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation psychologists consider the entire network of biological, psychological, social, environmental, and political factors that affect the functioning of persons with disabilities or chronic illness. Given the breadth of rehabilitation psychology, the journal's scope is broadly defined.

Suitable submissions include

  • papers describing experimental investigations
  • survey research
  • evaluations of specific interventions
  • outcome studies
  • historical perspectives
  • relevant public policy issues
  • conceptual/theoretical formulations with implications for clinical practice
  • reviews of empirical research
  • detailed case studies
  • professional issues

Papers will be evaluated for their importance to the field, scientific rigor, novelty, suitability for the journal, and clarity of writing. The primary determinant of editorial decisions is whether the paper enlarges both the understanding of important psychological problems in rehabilitation and the capacity to offer effective assistance in ameliorating those problems.

Disclaimer: APA and the Editors of Rehabilitation Psychology assume no responsibility for statements and opinions advanced by the authors of its articles.

Rehabilitation Psychology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Stephen T. Wegener
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Associate Editors

Maria T. Schultheis
Drexel University

Beth S. Slomine
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Statistical Consultant

Renan Castillo
Johns Hopkins University

Consulting Editors

Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla
Virginia Commonwealth University

James H. Baños
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jack W. Berry
Samford University

Charles H. Bombardier
University of Washington School of Medicine

Gary R. Bond
Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center

Lisa Brenner
University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Susan P. Buckelew
University of Tennessee at Martin

Bruce Caplan
Independent Practice, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Chetwyn C. H. Chan
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Fong Chan
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kathleen Chwalisz
Southern Illinois University

Patrick W. Corrigan
Illinois Institute of Technology

John DeLuca
Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation

Gerald M. Devins
Ontario Cancer Institute and University of Toronto

Jacobus Donders
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Laura E. Dreer
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dana S. Dunn
Moravian College

Dawn M. Ehde
University of Washington School of Medicine

Timothy Elliott
Texas A&M University

Janet E. Farmer
University of Missouri

Pamela Gallagher
Dublin City University, Ireland

Robert L. Glueckauf
Florida State University

Nan Zhang Hampton
San Diego State University

Robin Hanks
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Dennis C. Harper
The University of Iowa

Allen W. Heinemann
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Warren Jackson
Independent Practice, Colleyville, TX

Doug Johnson-Greene
University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine

Marie Johnston
University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Kathleen B. Kortte
Johns Hopkins Outpatient NeuroRehabilitation Program (ONRP)

James S. Krause
Medical University of South Carolina

James F. Malec
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana

Thomas A. Martin
University of Missouri-Columbia

Mark Mennemeier
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Larry L. Mullins
Oklahoma State University

Janet P. Niemeier
Virginia Commonwealth University

Margaret A. Nosek
Baylor College of Medicine

Rhoda Olkin
Alliant International University

Kenneth I. Pakenham
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

David B. Peterson
California State University Los Angeles

Robert Q. Pollard
University of Rochester Medical Center

Joseph F. Rath
Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU School of Medicine

Joseph Ricker
Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU School of Medicine

Bruce Rybarczyk
Virginia Commonwealth University

Mark Sherer
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Mary Ann Parris Stephens
Kent State University

Richard O. Temple
CORE Health Care

Aaron Turner
VA Puget Sound Health Care System/University of Washington

Jay M. Uomoto
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Gitendra Uswatte
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Rodney Vanderploeg
James A. Haley VA Hospital

Chad D. Vickery
Methodist Rehabilitation Center

Shari L. Wade
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Seth Warschausky
University of Michigan

Rhonda M. Williams
VA Puget Sound Health Care System & Center for Polytrauma Care, Seattle, Washington

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Manuscript Submission

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.


Rehabilitation Psychology® is now using a software system to screen submitted content for similarity with other published content. The system compares each submitted manuscript against a database of 25+ million scholarly publications, as well as content appearing on the open web.

This allows APA to check submissions for potential overlap with material previously published in scholarly journals (e.g., lifted or republished material). A similarity report will be generated by the system and provided to the Rehabilitation Psychology Editorial office for review immediately upon submission.

All new and revised manuscripts are to be submitted electronically (Word Documents are preferred) through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

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When necessary, paper correspondence and express mail may be directed to:

Stephen T. Wegener, PhD, ABPP, Editor
Rehabilitation Psychology
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
600 North Wolfe St. Phipps 174
Baltimore, MD 21287
Email: Editorial Office

Suitable Submissions

Rehabilitation psychology deals with the interplay of biological, psychological, social, environmental, and political factors that affect the functioning of persons with chronic health conditions or disability. Given the breadth of rehabilitation psychology, the journal's scope is broadly defined. Suitable submissions include:

Empirical Articles
This format reports original empirical research which can include experimental investigations, survey research, evaluations of interventions, and outcome studies research.

Brief Reports
This format may be appropriate for empirically sound studies that are limited in scope, contain novel or provocative findings that need further replication, or represent replications and extensions of prior published work. Brief Reports must use a 12-point Times New Roman type and 1-in. (2.54-cm) margins, and not exceed 265 lines of text plus references. These limits do not include the title page, abstract, author note, footnotes, tables, or figures.

Review Articles
This format includes reviews of various types and formats. Reviews can include state-of-the art review of empirical research (meta-analysis), reviews of professional, theoretical or public policy issues, or reviews designed to help practitioners solve common clinical problems (clinical management reviews ).

This format supports a submitted or previously published manuscript including explanation, critique or illustration of rehabilitation related issues or topics.

Case studies
This format includes written analyses of one or more particular cases or case histories with a view to making generalizations in rehabilitation and that are of sufficient import to warrant attention.

Submissions are welcomed from authors in psychology and other health related disciplines.

Cover Letter

The cover letter accompanying the manuscript submission must include all authors' names and affiliations, addresses and phone numbers, as well as electronic mail addresses and fax numbers for possible use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

The cover letter should identify the type of submission category and include

  • a statement of compliance with APA ethical standards in the conduct of the work reported in the manuscript
  • a statement that the manuscript or data have not been previously published and that they are not presently under consideration for publication elsewhere
  • a statement that all listed authors have contributed significantly to the work submitted for consideration
  • a statement that the paper has been seen and approved by all authors

When the manuscript contains data or observations from a larger study, the cover letter should clarify the relationship between this submission and other papers from the study, specifically addressing potential overlap. Authors must be prepared to provide copies of related manuscripts or papers as part of the editorial review process.

Authors may suggest qualified reviewers of the manuscript, but these are considered advisory only.


Should be accurate, descriptive, and no longer than 12 words. If the report is a clinical trial or a brief report this should be included in the title.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include a structured abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page (page 2 of the manuscript). Abstracts must contain a brief statement about each of the following:

  • Purpose/Objective
  • Research Method/Design - including the number and type of participants
  • Results
  • Conclusions/Implications

After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords.

Impact and Implications Statement

At the start of each paper the authors should provide 2-3 bullet points, with the header "Impact", that states what the current paper adds to the literature and one to two practice or policy implications the findings. This is not a statement of the conclusions, rather a thoughtful series of statements highlighting the novel contribution of the work and translation of the findings for practice or policy. This section should be no more than 200 words.

Data Source

It is important that readers have an accurate understanding of the data source the study is based on. Please include details in the Methods section as to the source of the data for this study.

If the study is based on original data collected for the purpose of testing the hypotheses in this manuscript, please make a statement to that effect. If the paper is based on secondary data analyses of data collected for another purpose please indicate that in the Methods.

If the data set used in this manuscript was also used in previous publications, please include these citations when describing the Methods in this submission.

Human Participants

The research section should include a statement indicating the Institutional Review Board that provided oversight for the research.

Style of Manuscripts

The journal considers theoretical, empirical, and commentary papers relevant to rehabilitation psychology. Brief reports are considered.

Additional Information for Specific Publication Categories

Randomized Clinical Trials

Rehabilitation Psychology requires the use of the CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) reporting standards (i.e., a checklist and flow diagram) for randomized clinical trials. The checklist may be placed in an Appendix of the manuscript for review purposes.

Visit the CONSORT Statement Web site for more details and resources.

Nonrandomized Trials

Rehabilitation Psychology encourages the use of the most recent version of the TREND criteria (Transparent Reporting of Evaluations with Non-randomized Designs for nonrandomized designs, available on the TREND Web site).

Review Process

Papers will be evaluated for their importance to the field, scientific rigor, novelty, suitability for the journal, and clarity of writing. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.

A masked review process is used. To facilitate masked review, it is incumbent upon authors to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities. Authors' names, affiliations, and contact information should be included only in the cover letter.

Rehabilitation Psychology encourages translation of information and strives to review submitted articles in a timely manner.

Preparing Files for Production

If your manuscript is accepted for publication, please follow the guidelines for file formats and naming.

Please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Manuscript Preparation

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

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

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.

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
  • 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
  • Research and Methodological Advances and Issues in Rehabilitation Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Rehabilitation Psychology, Vol. 53, No. 3, August 2008. Includes articles about theory in rehabilitation psychology research; use of randomized clinical trials; research and evidence-based practice; role of external validity; psychological intervention research with pediatric patients; online tools for evaluating patient change; multiple regression and correlation techniques; structural equation models; regression methods for single-case designs; analyzing longitudinal data with multilevel models; and analyzing trauma narratives.

  • Outcome Measurement in Rehabilitation

    Special issue of the APA journal Rehabilitation Psychology, Vol. 50, No. 1, February 2005. The articles discuss issues of outcome measurement in rehabilitation, including developing a taxonomy; statistical process control; implications of the learned nonuse formulation; evaluating outcomes for severe mental illness; assessment of chronic pain; longitudinal outcomes measurement; item response theory and computerized adaptive testing; ethical dimensions; and performance measurement and health care policy.

  • Emerging Issues in Geriatric Rehabilitation Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Rehabilitation Psychology, Vol. 48, No. 1, February 2003. Includes articles about assessment and management of pain; cognitive screening; sleep disorders; discharge and long-term outcome patterns for frail elders; treatment of depressive symptoms during short-term rehabilitation; activity limitation and depression; and geriatric mental health in medical rehabilitation.