• Letter of Intent Deadline: July 2, 2018
  • Manuscript Submission Deadline: January 2, 2019 (for Letters of Intent invited to move forward only)

Guest Editors

  • Diane Chen, PhD
  • Laura Edwards-Leeper, PhD
  • Terry Stancin, PhD
  • Amy Tishelman, PhD

Submission Details

In an effort to advance the practice of evidence-based care with transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth, Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology is issuing a call for manuscripts intended to highlight and disseminate knowledge related to clinical practice with this population.

The special issue entitled "Advancing the Practice of Pediatric Psychology With Transgender Youth" seeks manuscripts that focus on pediatric transgender health care, with a particular emphasis on data-driven quantitative and qualitative articles that inform clinical approaches to care for TGNC youth.

Examples of appropriate manuscripts include (but are not limited to):

  • Development, refinement, or implementation of clinical assessment or screening tools for TGNC youth populations, including those that can be used in gender assessments of youth along the developmental spectrum
  • Development or evaluation (i.e., feasibility, acceptability, outcomes) of clinical approaches, interventions, or programs for TGNC youth
  • Impact of social gender transition on psychosocial functioning (e.g., psychopathology; quality of life; peer relations)
  • Impact of pubertal suppression treatment/gender-affirming hormone treatment on psychosocial functioning (e.g., psychopathology; body image/body esteem; quality of life; peer relations)
  • Impact of gender-affirming surgical interventions (e.g., "top surgery") on psychosocial functioning (e.g., psychopathology; body image/body esteem; quality of life; peer relations)
  • Focus on gender identity development and consolidation
  • Focus on non-binary, genderfluid, and/or genderqueer-identified youth (e.g., process of identity development/formation; description of medical experiences and unmet needs with implications for clinical care)
  • Focus on TGNC youth with autism spectrum disorders, severe psychiatric disorders (e.g., attachment disorders) or in the context of a history of trauma (especially sexual traumas and abuse)
  • Focus on models of training for clinicians on trans-competent, gender-affirming care
  • Case study and/or ethical analysis highlighting clinical decision-making for transgender youth
  • Understanding the role of social media on TGNC youth development and adjustment

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 Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology 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 Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology homepage.

Submission Timeline

We ask that authors submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by July 2, 2018 through the online submission portal. Authors should select the article type "Special Issue Article: Transgender Youth."

The 1-page LOI should outline the content of the proposed manuscript and relevance to the special issue theme. LOIs will be reviewed for overall quality and adherence to the special issue theme (prioritizing data-driven, empirical studies), 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.

Those invited to move forward with a full manuscript will be informed by September 1, 2018.

Full manuscript submissions for invited LOIs are due by January 2, 2019.

The intent is to publish this special issue in late 2019.

Contact Information

We highly encourage inquiries regarding the proposed submissions. Please direct inquiries about the special issue to lead guest editor, Dr. Diane Chen.


A growing number of TGNC youth are presenting for medical and mental health care and, increasingly, pediatric psychologists are being called upon to serve as critical members of interdisciplinary care teams.

Over the last decade, we have seen a sea change in approach to pediatric transgender care, with the gender affirmative model now widely adopted as preferred practice.

But translating an affirmative approach into a conceptual treatment model for TGNC youth is not an easy endeavor, as clinical care with this population is complex and exacerbated by the relative lack of empirical research to guide treatment.

Standards of care have been established based on the collective expertise of clinicians working with TGNC youth.

These standards are rapidly evolving and shifting toward gender-affirming medical and surgical treatment earlier in development, and outpacing outcomes research in this vulnerable population.


  • Alderfer, M. A., & Sood, E. (2016). Using qualitative research methods to improve clinical care in pediatric psychology. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 4, 358-361. doi: 10.1037/cpp0000164
  • Ernst, M. M., Barhight, L. R., Bierenbaum, M. L., Piazza-Waggoner, C., & Carter, B. D. (2013). Case studies in Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology: The “why” and “how to”. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 1, 108-120. doi: 10.1037/cpp0000021
  • Schurman, J. V., Gayes, L. A., Slosky, L., Hunter, M. E., & Pino, F. A. (2015). Publishing quality improvement work in Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology: The “why” and “how to”. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 3, 80-91. doi: 10.1037/cpp0000084

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