Manuscript Submission Deadline: September 20, 2017

This special issue of American Psychologist aims to provide a synthesis of research on racial trauma and healing.

Specifically, we are interested in manuscripts on the effects of racial and ethnic trauma on people of color, such as African American, Asian American, Latina/o/Latinx, Muslim, and American Indian individuals.

Manuscripts should consider the complexities of the topic by incorporating the influence of intersectional identities on the racial trauma and healing process.

We welcome submission of manuscripts that cover theory, empirical research, clinical counseling implication, and policy issues.

Abstracts should be sent to Lillian Comas-Diaz by June 20, 2017.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the manuscript submission information on the American Psychologist homepage, following formatting requirements and manuscript length guidelines.

Full manuscripts must be submitted through the American Psychologist submission portal by September 20, 2017.

Submissions will undergo masked peer review.


In 2001 the U.S. Surgeon General Report stated that racial and ethnic health disparities were likely due to racism. A growing empirical and clinical literature attests that people of color's experiences with racism, discrimination, and microaggressions affect their health and sense of wellbeing.

For example, findings from meta-analyses indicate at least a small to moderate link between racism and psychological and physical distress. Given the persistence of discrimination in the U.S. and the current rise in hate crimes, it seems especially important to document the nature and consequences of racial discrimination and also the factors promoting healing from trauma associated with these personal, vicarious, and collective experiences.

Racial trauma refers to the events of danger related to real or perceived experience of racial discrimination, threats of harm and injury, humiliating and shaming events, in addition to witnessing harm to other people of color because of real or perceived racism.

Cumulative racial trauma tends to leave scars for those who are dehumanized.

Despite the social realities of racial and ethnic discrimination, people persist and thrive. Psychologists can play a role in healing such scars by developing psychological approaches to help individuals and communities who suffer from racial trauma.

A literature on race-informed therapeutic approaches to racial wounds is emerging. This body of work draws on the resiliency of individuals and groups as they work to transform their environments to promote interpersonal and intra-individual wellness.

Special Issue Editors

Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD, Gordon N. Hall, PhD, and Helen A. Neville, PhD, will serve as guest editors in collaboration with Anne E. Kazak, PhD, ABPP.

The editors span a range of expertise in issues of multiculturalism, racial identity, social psychology, trauma psychology, and community psychology.

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