Poverty and rising economic inequality are among the greatest challenges of our time, undermining individual and community health and well-being, intergroup relations, social cohesion, and democracy (APA Task Force on Socioeconomic Status, 2006; World Economic Forum, 2015).

Research in psychology and in related fields has much to offer in terms of understanding the correlates and consequences of poverty and economic inequality and the reduction of these disparities.

American Psychologist invites submissions for a special issue on psychology's contributions to understanding and alleviating poverty and economic inequality.

Important Dates

  • April 30, 2017: 2-page letter of intent due
  • May 20, 2017: invitations to submit a full-length manuscript will be sent
  • August 31, 2017: deadline for manuscript submissions

Special Issue Aims

The goal of this special issue is to showcase the breadth and depth of psychology’s contributions to understanding and alleviating poverty and economic inequality.

Other central aims include synthesizing key findings from psychological research and related fields, identifying gaps in our knowledge and areas in which further work is needed, and informing the advancement of strategies, interventions, and policies that alleviate poverty and economic inequality.

Manuscripts from all areas of psychology and related fields are welcome.

Broad questions of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • How has psychological research contributed to the advancement of anti-poverty efforts? What can we do to better serve economically disadvantaged groups and reduce economic inequality?
  • How do poverty and economic inequality influence health and well-being? How can their negative consequences be mitigated?
  • How can psychological research, training, and practice be harnessed to inform effective interventions and social policy?
  • How does rising economic inequality shape attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors? How are intergroup relations affected?
  • How can we improve the life chances of low-income children, families, and communities?
  • What are the psychological consequences of scarcity?
  • How does classism influence social policy and contribute to the (re)creation of class-based inequalities?
  • How can we best train and support researchers and practitioners to work effectively with low-income populations?

Manuscript Submission

We welcome manuscripts that are theoretical and/or empirical in nature, address basic and/or applied issues, bridge different disciplines, consolidate research evidence, and have the potential to advance theory, research, training, practice, and policy.

All manuscripts should explicitly discuss psychology's contributions to our understanding of the issues being investigated and identify areas in which further work (e.g., research, policy) is needed.

Submission deadline for a 2-page Letter of Intent for the special issue is April 30, 2017.

The Letter of Intent should include author names and affiliations, manuscript title, and an abstract that outlines the proposed submission.

Abstracts should clearly convey how the proposed manuscript will address the goals of the special issue.

Invitations to submit a full-length manuscript will be sent by May 20, 2017.

The deadline for manuscript submissions is August 31, 2017.

All submitted manuscripts will undergo masked peer review. Thus, invitation to submit a manuscript does not guarantee inclusion in the special issue.

Heather E. Bullock, PhD, will serve as the Guest Editor of the Special Issue in collaboration with Associate Editor Jennifer Crocker, PhD.

Letters of Intent, as well as any questions, should be directed to Dr. Bullock .

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the Manuscript Submission information on the American Psychologist homepage and submitted electronically through the journal's manuscript submission portal.

Please specify in all correspondence and submissions that your work is intended for the special issue on “Psychology’s Contributions to Understanding and Alleviating Poverty and Economic Inequality.”

The editors look forward to receiving paper proposals and manuscripts.

About the Journal

American Psychologist, established in 1946, is APA's official peer-reviewed scholarly journal. It publishes original articles and empirical papers on all aspects of psychology, regardless of area of specialization. The journal has an "outstanding reputation as a primary means by which the contributions of psychologists are communicated to psychologists, to other professionals, and to the public" (Kazak, 2016, p. 1).

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