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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.
Linda F. Campbell
The University of Georgia
Michigan State University
Page L. Anderson
Georgia State University
Jeffrey E. Barnett
Loyola University Maryland
Stephen H. Behnke
Harvard Medical School
Lauren J. Behrman
Jennifer L. Callahan
University of North Texas
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
American Psychological Association
Carol A. Falender
Pepperdine University; UCLA
Forensic and Clinical Psychology Associates, P.A.
Alliant International University
Austen Riggs Center
St. Johns University
The Performing Edge
Steven J. Hendlin
Independent Practice, Newport Beach, CA
Forward Psychology Group, LLC
Nadine J. Kaslow
Jennifer F. Kelly
Ronald F. Levant
University of Akron
Oak Ridge Psychotherapy Practice
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Stanley B. Messer
Center for Well-Being
John C. Norcross
University of Scranton
Steven I. Pfeiffer
Florida State University
University of South Florida
Antonio E. Puente
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Robert J. Resnick
Lawrence P. Riso
American School of Professional Psychology, Northern Virginia
Emil R. Rodolfa
Alliant International University
David L. Shapiro
Nova Southeastern University
University of Virginia
Mark B. Sobell
Nova Southeastern University
Linda C. Sobell
Nova Southeastern University
Spitalnick & Associates
David L. Streiner
Joshua K. Swift
Idaho State University
Lori C. Thomas
Independent Practice, Philadelphia, PA and Raleigh, NC
City College of New York
Erlnger A. Turner
University of Houston-Downtown
Kristi S. Van Sickle
Florida Institute of Technology
Peter W. Vik
Rachel N. Waford
Lenore E. Walker
Walker & Associates, LLC
Edward A. Wise
Mental Health Resources
Robert H. Woody
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Glendon College - York University
University of Missouri Columbia
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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.
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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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566
- 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: http://www.repoa.or.tz/documents_storage/Publications/Reports/06.3_Kessy_and_Urio.pdf
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- An additional $600 for the second figure
- An additional $450 for each subsequent figure
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