Practice Innovations serves practitioners by publishing clinical, practical, and research articles on current and evolving standards, practices, and methods in professional mental health practice. Designed as a cross-disciplinary publication with a multi-theoretical scope, the journal supports innovation and the highest standards of care in mental health practice. Anticipated coverage areas include population-based practice issues, procedure or technique-based practice issues, diagnosis-based practice issues, and service delivery models.

Editorial Board


Jeffrey Zimmerman
Independent Practice

Associate Editors

Linda F. Campbell
The University of Georgia

Gerald Koocher
DePaul University

Consulting Editors

Norman Abeles
Michigan State University

Page L. Anderson
Georgia State University

Jeffrey E. Barnett
Loyola University Maryland

Stephen H. Behnke
Harvard Medical School

Lauren J. Behrman
Independent Practice

Jennifer L. Callahan
University of North Texas

Jean Carter
Washington Psychological Center

June W. Ching
University of Hawaii Manoa Clinical Studies

Christine A. Courtois
Independent Practice, Washington, DC (retired)

Eugene J. D'Angelo
Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Jessica H. Daniel
Boston Chilkdren's Hospital

Denise Davis
Vanderbilt University

Pat DeLeon
American Psychological Association

Amy Ellis
Private Practice

Carol A. Falender
Pepperdine University; UCLA

Eva Feindler
LIU Psot

Bruce Frumkin
Forensic and Clinical Psychology Associates, P.A.

Michi Fu
Alliant International University

Kathryn Gallagher
Austen Riggs Center

Miguel Gallardo
Pepperdine University

Beverly Greene
St. Johns University

Lisa Grossman
Independent practice

Douglas Haldeman
JFK University

Kate Hays
The Performing Edge

Steven J. Hendlin
Independent Practice, Newport Beach, CA

Gordon Herz
Forward Psychology Group, LLC

Nadine J. Kaslow
Emory University

Jennifer F. Kelly
Independent Practice

Ronald F. Levant
University of Akron

Lisa Lilenfeld
Argosy University

Bill MacGillivray
Oak Ridge Psychotherapy Practice

Akihiko Masuda
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Stanley B. Messer
Rutgers University

Stephanie Mihalas
Center for Well-Being

Andrea Miller
Capella University

John C. Norcross
University of Scranton

Steven I. Pfeiffer
Florida State University

Vicky Phares
University of South Florida

Antonio E. Puente
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Robert J. Resnick
Randolph-Macon College

Lawrence P. Riso
American School of Professional Psychology, Northern Virginia

Emil R. Rodolfa
Alliant International University

David Sarwer
Temple University

David L. Shapiro
Nova Southeastern University

Peter Sheras
University of Virginia

Mark B. Sobell
Nova Southeastern University

Linda C. Sobell
Nova Southeastern University

Josh Spitalnick
Spitalnick & Associates

David L. Streiner
McMaster University

Joshua K. Swift
Idaho State University

Lori C. Thomas
Independent Practice, Philadelphia, PA and Raleigh, NC

Steve Tuber
City College of New York

Erlnger A. Turner
University of Houston-Downtown

Kristi S. Van Sickle
Florida Institute of Technology

Peter W. Vik
Pacific University

Rachel N. Waford
Emory University

Lenore E. Walker
Walker & Associates, LLC

Edward A. Wise
Mental Health Resources

Robert H. Woody
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Gerald Young
Glendon College - York University

Jeffrey Younggren
University of Missouri Columbia

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Practice Innovations

  • OCLC
  • PsycINFO
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Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


To submit to the Editorial Office of Jeff Zimmerman, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

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This journal has adopted a policy of masked review for all submissions.

The title page should include all authors' names and institutional affiliations and full contact information for the corresponding author. The first page of text should omit this information but should include the title of the manuscript and the date it is submitted.

Make every effort to ensure that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors' identity.

Client/patient confidentiality is your professional, ethical, and legal imperative. The journal requires that patient identity be thoroughly disguised in published articles.

The ethical standards for reporting/publishing scientific information, including patient information, are outlined in Section 8 of APA's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (2010). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

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

Articles should not exceed 25–30 pages inclusive of tables, figures, and references. Authors may request consideration of longer papers, in advance of submission, when there is clear justification for additional length.


Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual. Additional guidance on APA Style is available on the APA Style website.

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Display Equations

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In Online Supplemental Material

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In the Text of the Article

If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


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Submitting Supplemental Materials

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Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.

Clinical Impact Statement

Please submit a short statement of 1–2 sentences, written in conversational English, that summarizes the article's findings and why they are important to practice. This new article feature allows authors greater control over how their work will be interpreted by a number of audiences (e.g., practitioners, policy makers, news media).

Please refer to the Guidance for Translational Abstracts, Public Significance Statements, and Social Media Messages to help you write this text.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

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.
  • Report Retrieved Online:
    Kessy, S. S. A., & Urio, F. M. (2006). The contribution of microfinance institutions to poverty reduction in Tanzania (Research Report No. 06.3). Retrieved from Research on Poverty Alleviation website:


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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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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.

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