Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy®

ISSN: 1942-9681
eISSN: 1942-969X
Published: bimonthly, beginning in January
ISI Impact Factor: 2.097
Psychology - Clinical : 40 of 111
This journal is a publication of APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology)

Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy ® publishes empirical research on the psychological effects of trauma. The journal is intended to be a forum for an interdisciplinary discussion on trauma, blending science, theory, practice, and policy.

The journal publishes empirical research on a wide range of trauma-related topics, including

  • Psychological treatments and effects
  • Promotion of education about effects of and treatment for trauma
  • Assessment and diagnosis of trauma
  • Pathophysiology of trauma reactions
  • Health services (delivery of services to trauma populations)
  • Epidemiological studies and risk factor studies
  • Neuroimaging studies
  • Trauma and cultural competence

The journal publishes articles that use experimental and correlational methods and qualitative analyses, if applicable.

All research reports should reflect methodologically rigorous designs that aim to significantly enhance the field's understanding of trauma. Such reports should be based on good theoretical foundations and integrate theory and data. Manuscripts should be of sufficient length to ensure theoretical and methodological competence.

Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD
Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Amarillo

Associate Editors

Diane Castillo, PhD
The University of New Mexico

Sylvia Marotta-Walters
The George Washington University

Sandra Mattar, PsyD
St. Mary's College of California

Associate Editor for Statistics

Zhen Cong, PhD
Texas Tech University

Consulting Editors

Margarita Alegria
Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, Cambridge Health Alliance

Pamela C. Alexander
Wellesley College

Jon G. Allen
The Menninger Clinic

Judie L. Alpert
New York University

George A. Bonanno
Teachers College, Columbia University

Bethany L. Brand
Towson University

Doug Bremner
Emory University, Briarcliff Campus

Chris R. Brewin
University College London

Laura S. Brown
Fremont Community Therapy Project

Thema Bryant-Davis
Pepperdine University

Rebecca Campbell
Michigan State University

Etzel Cardeña
Lund University

Eve B. Carlson
National Center for PTSD

Robert T. Carter
Columbia University

Eduardo H. Cazabat
Argentine Society for Psychotrauma, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Janet C'de Baca

Christine Chee

Catherine C. Classen
University of Toronto

Lisa DeMarni Cromer
University of Tulsa

Constance J. Dalenberg
Alliant International University

Andrea Danese
King's College, London, UK

Priscilla Dass-Brailsford
Georgetown University

Sharon Dekel
Harvard Medical School

Paul F. Dell
Trauma Recovery Center

Daniel Dodgen
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Jon D. Elhai
University of Toledo

Amy Ellis
Nova Southeastern University

Jan Faust
Nova Southeastern University

Edna Foa
University of Pennsylvania

Victoria Follette
University of Nevada, Reno

David Forbes
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Health

Julian Ford
University of Connecticut Health Center

Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea
Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis

Jennifer J. Freyd
University of Oregon

Robert Geffner
Alliant International University

Steven N. Gold
Nova Southeastern University

Joseph P. Gone
University of Michigan

Sandra A. Graham-Bermann
University of Michigan

Bonnie L. Green
Georgetown University Medical School

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

L. Kevin Hamberger
Medical College of Wisconsin

Patricia Hashima
Clemson University

Stevan Hobfall
Rush University Medical Center

David Read Johnson
Post Traumatic Stress Center, New Haven, CT

Russell T. Jones
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Terence M. Keane
VA Boston Healthcare System

Maureen C. Kenny
Florida International University

Ibrahim Aref Kira
Center for Cumulative Trauma Studies

Robert Jay Lifton
Cambridge Health Alliance

David Lisak
Forensic Consultant

Grant N. Marshall
RAND Corporation

Brian P. Marx
National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System

Mark W. Miller
National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Health Care System and Boston University School of Medicine

Linda R. Mona
VA Long Beach Healthcare System

Lisa M. Najavits
Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine

Frank M. Ochberg
Michigan State University

Julia L Perilla
Georgia State University

Nnamdi Pole
Smith College

Gilbert Reyes
Fielding Graduate University

George Franklin Rhoades
Ola Hou Clinic

Lisa Rocchio
Private Practice

Robert Rosenheck
Yale Medical School, VA Connecticut Health Care System

Barbara O. Rothbaum
Emory University School of Medicine

Josef I. Ruzek
National Center for PTSD and VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Karen W. Saakvitne
Trauma Research Education, and Training Institute, Smith School of Social Work, Doctoral Program

Natalie Sachs-Ericsson
Florida State University

Daniel G. Saunders
University of Michigan

Stefan E. Schulenberg
University of Mississippi

Jeremiah A. Schumm
VA Medical Center, Trauma Recovery Center

Julia S. Seng
University of Michigan

Francine Shapiro
Mental Research Institute

Phyllis W. Sharps
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Victoria A. Shivy
Virginia Commonwealth University

Eli Somer
University of Haifa

Robert D. Stolorow
Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Casey Taft
VA Boston

Elisa Triffleman
Independent practice

Yuying Tsong
California State University

Sarah E Ullman
University of Illinois at Chicago

Onno van der Hart
Utrecht University

Bessel van der Kolk
Boston University School of Medicine

Dawne S. Vogt
VA Boston Healthcare and Boston University School of Medicine

Frank W. Weathers
Auburn University

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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.


Submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal (.doc or .docx files).

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD
Praeclarus Press, LLC
2504 Sweetgum Lane
Amarillo, TX 79124

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

Authors must indicate in their cover letter whether they prefer masked or unmasked peer review. If anonymous review is requested, all author's names, their affiliations, and contact information will be removed by the manuscript coordinator.

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, please supply email addresses and fax numbers for use by the editorial office and later by the production office. Most correspondence between the editorial office and authors is handled by email, so a valid email address is important to the timely flow of communication during the editorial process.

Keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss.


Manuscripts for Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy can vary in length, but may not exceed 28 double-spaced manuscript pages (including title page, abstract, manuscript body, references, and tables/figures.) Manuscripts that exceed this length may be returned without review. Authors do have the option of electronically archiving supplemental material, such as tables and figures, in order to assist them in keeping their articles to the required length. (See below.)

While Psychological Trauma primarily publishes original empirical studies, we are also open to reviewing high quality literature reviews and clinical, qualitative, theoretical and policy articles.

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.

If your manuscript was mask reviewed, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of tables.


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.

Brief reports

Brief reports are articles that do not exceed 12 pages including the cover page, abstract, tables, figures, and references. A brief report is appropriate when there are preliminary findings, or findings from a small sample size, that may not be appropriate for a full research report.

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.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include a structured abstract divided into the following sections, with headings: Objective, Method, Results, and Conclusions. The Objective should clearly communicate the novel contribution of the manuscript. In the Conclusion, please identify at least one specific implication and avoid boilerplate language such as 'Implications will be discussed.'

The abstract should be no longer than 250 words and should be followed by five keywords, or brief phrases.


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.
  • 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
  • Recent Developments in Trauma Studies

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychological Trauma, Vol. 6, Supplement 1, 2014. The issue is divided into 4 sections: the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Core Data Set, Trauma Treatment Approaches and Outcomes, The Nature of Trauma and Traumatization, Trauma in College Students.

  • Trauma-Focused Training and Education

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychological Trauma, Vol. 3, No. 3, September 2011. Articles discuss trauma education and training in undergraduate, graduate, and community contexts.

  • Cultural Considerations of Trauma

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 2010. Articles discuss cultural factors in intimate partner violence among African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, homeless women, HIV-positive women, and pregnant women.

  • Trauma and Ethnoracial Diversity

    Special issue of APA's journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2010. Includes articles about ethic group comparisons and trauma-related factors among Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans.