Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology® publishes articles representing the professional and applied activities of pediatric psychology. The journal comprehensively

  • describes the breadth and richness of the field in its diverse activities;
  • complements the scientific development of the field with information on the applied/clinical side;
  • provides modeling that addresses the ways practicing pediatric psychologists incorporate empirical literature into day-to-day activities;
  • emphasizes work that incorporates and cites evidence from the science base; and
  • provides a forum for those engaged in primarily clinical activities to report on their activities and inform future research activities.

Articles include a range of formats such as commentaries, reviews, and clinical case reports in addition to more traditional empirical clinical studies.

Articles address issues such as

  • professional and training activities in pediatric psychology and interprofessional functioning;
  • funding/reimbursement patterns and the evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of clinical services;
  • program development;
  • organization of clinical services and workforce analyses;
  • applications of evidence based interventions in "real world" settings with particular attention to potential barriers and solutions and considerations of diverse populations;
  • critical analyses of professional practice issues;
  • clinical innovations, e.g., emerging use of technology in clinical practice;
  • case studies, particularly case studies that have enough detail to be replicated and that provide a basis for larger scale intervention studies; and
  • organizational, state and federal policies as they impact the practice of pediatric psychology, with a particular emphasis on changes due to health care reform.
Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board

Incoming Editor

Jennifer Verrill Schurman

Outgoing Editor

Jennifer Shroff Pendley
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE and Jefferson Medical College

Associate Editors

Bryan Carter
University of Louisville

Paul M. Robins
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

Jennifer Verrill Schurman
The Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Editorial Board

Sharon Berry
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Johanna Carpenter
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE

Edward R. Christophersen
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics – South

Jennifer Curran
Eastern Maine Medical Center

Danita Czyzewski
Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital

W. Hobart Davies
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Allison G. Dempsey
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Laura Dewey
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Meredith Dreyer Gillette
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MO

John C. Duby
Akron Children's Hospital, OH

Michelle M. Ernst
University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Joseph H. Evans
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Karla K. Fehr
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Grayson N. Holmbeck
Loyola University Chicago

Heather C. Huszti
Children's Hospital of Orange County, CA

Nicole Kahhan
University of Colorado

Anne E. Kazak
Nemours Pediatric Healthcare System, Wilmington, DE

Gerald P. Koocher
DePaul University

Stephen Lassen
University of Kansas Medical Center

Kathleen L. Lemanek
Nationwide Children's Hospital/The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Meghan McAuliffe Lines
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE

Mary Ann McCabe
George Washington University School of Medicine

Elizabeth L. McQuaid
Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University

Lisa J. Meltzer
National Jewish Health

Monica J. Mitchell
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH

April E. Nesin
Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and Hatch's House of Hope, Chattanooga, TN

Britt A. Nielsen
MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve

Tonya M. Palermo
University of Washington and Seattle Children's Research Institute

Anna Maria Patiño-Fernández
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Carrie Piazza-Waggoner
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH

Wendy A. Plante
Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center/Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Lee Ritterband
University of Virginia Health System

Michael C. Roberts
University of Kansas

David Schwartz
Baylor College of Medicine

Lisa A. Schwartz
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania

William G. Sharp
Emory School of Medicine

Erica Sood
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE

Terry Stancin
MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University

Amanda L. Thompson
Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

W. Douglas Tynan
American Psychological Association

Jessica M. Valenzuela
Nova Southeastern University

Karen A. Wohlheiter
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Tim Wysocki
Nemours Pediatric Healthcare System and Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Heather Yardley
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology®

  • OCLC
  • PsycINFO
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Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Jennifer Shroff Pendley
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE

Masked Review Policy

The journal has adopted a policy of masked review for all submissions. The cover letter should include all authors' names and institutional affiliations. The first page of text should omit this information but should include the title of the manuscript and the date it is submitted. Every effort should be made to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors' identity.

Manuscript Preparation

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Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

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Full-length manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). Brief reports and case reports should not exceed 12 pages.

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In Online Supplemental Material
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In the Text of the Article
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Abstract and Keywords

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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.


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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:

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  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


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On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

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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
  • Spotlight on Pediatric Psychology Special Interest Groups

    Special issue of the APA journal Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2017. Includes articles about training issues, clinical research efforts, and special topics with clear and immediate clinical relevance.

  • Sleep in Pediatric and Developmental Conditions

    Special issue of the APA journal Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2016. Includes articles about sleep problems in and interventions for children with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, disruptive behavior problems, and chronic illness, as well as sleep clinic evaluation and ethical considerations.

  • Best Training Practices in Pediatric Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 3, No. 3, September 2015. Articles highlight a range of best practices in pediatric psychology training at the doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral levels, as well as a motivational interviewing module, postdoctoral fellowship training, and diversity training at different levels of education.

  • Real-World Applications of Evidence-Based Interventions in Pediatric Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 2, No. 3, September 2014. Topics include interventions focused on treating chronic pain, needle pain, encopresis, sleep problems, neurocognitive conditions, obesity, and feeding disorders in children, as well as evidence-based clinical and preventive activities in health promotion, injury prevention, parent-family based interventions, and adherence.