Manuscript Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018

Consistent with the mission of Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology (CPPP), this special issue is intended to highlight and disseminate knowledge related to clinical practice of pediatric psychology across the globe.

Submission Details

The special issue, entitled "Global Reach of Pediatric Psychology," seeks manuscripts that focus on pediatric psychology research and practice, with a particular emphasis on activities occurring outside the United States and Canada.

We especially encourage submissions of clinical trials, quality improvement projects, rigorous case studies, topical reviews on emerging areas of research or clinical focus, or systematic reviews that:

  • Incorporate or target contextual and cultural differences that could impact implementation of pediatric psychology practice globally
  • Focus on global pediatric health issues (e.g., infectious diseases, nutritional deficiencies, injury prevention)
  • Focus on models of training to support cultural competence of global service delivery or providers who are treating migrants, immigrants, and foreign citizens within North America or abroad
  • Describe pediatric psychology service delivery models outside the United States and Canada with an emphasis on clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness
  • Describe data from national registries or databases that reflect quality improvement efforts, programmatic/systematic interventions, and outcomes
  • Discuss differences in health care policies across the globe that impact child, maternal, and family health outcomes (e.g., extended parental leave, nationalized healthcare)
  • Highlight clinical science being conducted outside of the United States and Canada with specific discussion of the application to other cultures, systems, and/or populations

Manuscript length should not exceed the journal standard of 25 double-spaced pages inclusive of all tables, figures, and references.

Authors are encouraged to refer to relevant previously published recommendations for CPPP submissions (e.g., case study - Ernst et al., 2013; quality improvement - Schurman et al., 2015; qualitative research - Alderfer & Sood, 2016). Additional guidance is provided on the CPPP homepage.

Submission Timeline

We ask that authors submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by June 1, 2017 through the online submission portal. Authors should select the article type "Special Issue Article: Global Pediatric Psychology."

The 1-page LOI should outline the content of the proposed manuscript and relevance to the special issue theme. The LOI should be blinded for review and accompanied by a cover letter that outlines the pertinent expertise of the authors.

LOIs will be reviewed for overall quality and adherence to the special issue theme, with a subset invited to move forward with development and submission of a full manuscript. Feedback on LOIs will be supportive, but not definitive, as all manuscripts will undergo blinded peer review prior to a final publication decision.

Manuscript submissions for invited LOIs are due by January 31, 2018. The intent is to publish this special issue in late 2018.

Contact Information

We highly encourage inquiries regarding the proposed submissions. Please direct inquiries about the special issue to the guest editor, Dr. Laura Simons.


The field of pediatric psychology is flourishing, and this growth is global. Almost 30 years ago, the Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) Newsletter (February 1987 Issue) described the state of the field of pediatric psychology in countries outside the United States. Contributions from pediatric psychologists in Canada, Britain, South Africa, and Australia highlighted the importance of international ties to "learn and benefit from each other."

Today, SPP membership spans 21 countries. Membership numbers and countries represented continue to grow each year; moreover, pediatric psychology organizations have formed in several countries worldwide, including Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, and Ireland. Pediatric psychology's global presence provides exciting opportunities for researchers and practitioners to learn about psychological aspects of children's health and illness across cultures and to share strategies for health promotion and injury and illness prevention across international boundaries.

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