American Psychologist ®, established in 1946, is the official peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the American Psychological Association. As such, American Psychologist publishes current and timely high-impact papers of broad interest, including empirical reports, meta-analyses, and scholarly reviews covering science, practice, education, and policy. Contributions often address national and international policy issues. Articles published are written in a style that is accessible to all psychologists and the public.

American Psychologist welcomes submissions. Please refer to the Manuscript Submission section for details on types of submissions and editorial requirements.

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Editorial Board


Anne E. Kazak
Nemours Children's Health System and Thomas Jefferson University

Managing Editor

Susan J. Harris
American Psychological Association

Associate Editors

Mark Appelbaum
University of California, San Diego

Nancy Eisenberg
Arizona State University

Elizabeth A. Klonoff
University of Central Florida

Diane M. Quinn
University of Connecticut

Stephen M. Rao
Cleveland Clinic

Michael C. Roberts
University of Kansas

Alexandra Rutherford
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Section Editors

John D. Hogan, History of Psychology and Obituaries
St. John’s University

Sandra M. Fowler, Art Co-Editor
La Jolla, California

Kate F. Hays, Art Co-Editor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Consulting Editors

Leona S. Aiken
Arizona State University

Drew H. Bailey
University of California, Irvine

Jacques P. Barber
Adelphi University

J. Gayle Beck
The University of Memphis

Deborah C. Beidel
University of Central Florida

Mark S. Blumberg
University of Iowa

Belinda Borrelli
Boston University

David V. Budescu
Fordham University

Zeeshan Butt
Northwestern University

Annmarie Cano
Wayne State University

Rosario Ceballo
University of Michigan

Dianne L. Chambless
University of Pennsylvania

Lillian Comas-Díaz
Transcultural Center, Washington, DC

Harris Cooper
Duke University

Jennifer Crocker
The Ohio State University

Patrick J. Curran
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christopher C. Cushing
University of Kansas

David DeMatteo
Drexel University

Mesmin Destin
Northwestern University

Jacquelynne S. Eccles
University of Michigan

Sarah W. Feldstein Ewing
Oregon Health and Science University

Stephen M. Fiore
University of Central Florida

Cynthia T. García Coll
Albizu University, San Juan Campus

Carlos M. Grilo
Yale University

Thomas Grisso
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Nancy Guerra
University of California, Irvine

Gordon C. Nagayama Hall
University of Oregon

Bradford W. Hesse
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Nancy Hill
Harvard University

John G. Horgan
Georgia State University

Scott A. Huettel
Duke University

Justin Jager
Arizona State University

Vikram K. Jaswal
University of Virginia

Lisa H. Jaycox
RAND Corporation, Washington, DC Office

Robert M. Kaplan
Stanford University

Nadine J. Kaslow
Emory University

Philip C. Kendall
Temple University

Laura A. King
University of Missouri

Rex B. Kline
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Michael E. Lamb
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Frederick T. L. Leong
Michigan State University

Marguerita Lightfoot
University of California, San Francisco

Scott Lilienfeld
Emory University

Susan H. McDaniel
University of Rochester Medical Center

Nancy L. McElwain
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Vonnie C. McLoyd
University of Michigan

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton
University of California, Berkeley

Sandra L. Murray
State University of New York at Buffalo

Arthur M. Nezu
Drexel University

Christine Maguth Nezu
Drexel University

Charlotte J. Patterson
University of Virginia

Joseph Ponterotto
Fordham University

Celiane Rey-Casserly
Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Lee M. Ritterband
University of Virginia

Stephanie J. Rowley
University of Michigan

Ann Marie Ryan
Michigan State University

Eduardo Salas
Rice University

David B. Sarwer
Temple University

Mark B. Sobell
Nova Southeastern University

Carola Suárez-Orozco
University of California, Los Angeles

Daniel T. Tranel
University of Iowa

Mieke Verfaellie
Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine

Jack L. Vevea
University of California, Merced

Gregory M. Walton
Stanford University

John L. Woodard
Wayne State University

Keith Owen Yeates
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Jenna Miley
American Psychological Association

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Manuscript Submission

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

See the Description tab for information about the editorial coverage of the journal.


To submit to the Editorial Office of Anne E. Kazak, please submit manuscripts electronically via the American Psychologist® Manuscript Submission Portal in Word Document format (.doc).

Submit Manuscript

Keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss. Do not submit manuscripts via mail, fax, or email. In recognition of the reality that institutional spam filters may capture files from the APA and Editorial Manager, please take the following steps to facilitate communication with our editorial office:

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  • Contact the editorial office if you do not receive confirmation of your submission within three business days or an editorial decision letter within three months.

General correspondence may be directed to the Editorial Office.

American Psychologist uses a software system to screen submitted content for similarity with other published content.

Submission Cover Letter

The cover letter should indicate that the authors have read and followed the American Psychologist (AP) Instructions to Authors. It should also include a statement indicating that the paper has been seen and approved by all authors. The cover letter should describe why the paper is consistent with the mission of AP. The cover letter must confirm that the manuscript has not been published, is not currently submitted elsewhere, and that it does not contain data that are currently submitted or published elsewhere.

On the submission portal you will be asked to provide contact information for three individuals who are qualified to serve as unbiased reviewers for your paper. These people must have published peer reviewed work in a relevant field. They must be without any real or perceived conflict of interest with you and your coauthors and should not have previously read or provided feedback on drafts of the paper. They cannot be at the same institution as any author, cannot be a coauthor on any publications, and must not be a former or current trainee, advisor, or mentor, etc.

When a manuscript contains data that are part of a larger study, authors should describe the larger study and provide references for other study papers. Authors must be prepared to provide copies of related manuscripts when requested as part of the editorial review process. Authors should clarify the relationship between their paper, including detailed specification of the overlap in participants, measures, and analysis, and others from the study. The value-added scientific contribution of their study must be clearly stated in the cover letter.

All research involving human participants must describe oversight of the research process by the relevant Institutional Review Boards and should describe consent and assent procedures briefly in the Method section. All statistical tests should include effect size whenever possible.

First person language ("I", "we") should be avoided. Terminology should be sensitive to the individual who has a disease or disability. The journal endorses the concept of "people first, not their disability." Terminology should reflect the "person with a disability" (e.g., children with diabetes, persons with HIV infection, families of people with cancer) rather than the condition as an adjective (e.g., diabetic children, HIV patients, cancer families). Nonsexist language should be used.

It is important to highlight the significance and novel contribution of the work.

Manuscript Submission Types

AP considers submissions of the following types, described below:

  • Original Articles
  • Empirical Papers
  • Reports of APA Boards, Committees, and Task Forces
  • Proposals for Special Sections or Special Issues
  • Comments on Published Articles
  • Obituaries (by invitation)
  • Guest Editorials (by invitation)

Original Articles

AP considers manuscripts on all aspects of psychology, including manuscripts on national and international policy issues. Manuscripts should be current, timely, and of interest to the broad APA membership. They should be written in a style that is accessible and of interest to all psychologists, regardless of area of specialization.

Empirical Papers

AP publishes high-impact empirical papers with broad relevance for the field of psychology. Successful empirical papers should be primary results of rigorous research studies with implications for psychological theory and/or practice. Examples include results of large multi-site intervention trials, data-driven reports that advance the theory or practice of psychology, and meta-analyses on topics of broad relevance to the field.

Reports of APA Boards, Committees, and Task Forces

Many of the association reports traditionally published in AP have relocated to the APA website. Task force and committee reports may be considered for publication but should be adapted to follow AP manuscript guidelines and, like other manuscript submissions, are subject to external peer review. Practice guidelines that have been adopted as APA policy by the Council of Representatives will be automatically published in AP.

Proposals for Special Sections or Special Issues

Proposals for special sections or issues should be submitted to the AP editor prior to developing the manuscripts.

Feature sections devoted to a particular topic are one means of fulfilling the journal's mission. A special section of the journal may contain three or four papers on a single theme, and a special issue may contain somewhat more, depending on the content area.

Proposals for special sections or special issues should describe their scope, provide a rationale (including why such a section or issue is timely and what contribution it would make to the literature), and list and describe the proposed papers, with potential authors for each. Potential authors should not be recruited until a proposal is accepted.

Proposals are first reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief. Proposals may be circulated to two or three individuals for review.

Among the factors used in considering a proposal are

  • length of time since this topic was last addressed in AP
  • amount of new research conducted since then
  • whether the range of topics appears appropriate
  • whether ethnic, racial, gender, and other types of diversity are reflected in the content and population within topic areas

Proposers of special sections or special issues should also consider diversity in the selection of manuscript authors.

If a proposal is approved, an AP Associate Editor will be assigned to be a participating editor of the package. The proposal author will be responsible for recruiting authors, with possible suggestions from the AP editors. Editorial decisions about each manuscript in a special package are made separately.

Comments on Published Articles

Comments on papers in recent issues of American Psychologist may be published. They should provide new and important information on the same topic as the original paper. The goal of the comment should be clearly stated in the first paragraph. Comments may present data or other evidence in support of their intended point(s).

Comments should be submitted no later than 3 months from the date of publication (online posting date) of the article to which they respond. If submitted later, authors must present a strong rationale for considering a comment beyond the standard time frame.

Comments must be limited to 1,000 words (about five double-spaced text pages). Up to 10 references should be provided and are not included in the word count. Comments should include an abstract and keywords. The title of the comment should consist of a brief content-related title followed by a subtitle that identifies the target article, as in "Brief Title: Comment on Author (20xx)." Comments should follow APA style. Authors of comments must disclose any real or perceived conflicts of interest in their cover letter with any of the authors of the original paper.

Comments will be handled by the action editor for the original manuscript. For comments on articles processed during the previous editorship, the current Editor-in-Chief will serve as action editor and will solicit a review from the action editor of the target article when possible. Like all publications in AP, comments may be sent out for peer review. Authors may be asked to revise the Comment. If a Comment is deemed acceptable for publication, authors of the original submission are typically given the opportunity to reply to the Comment. Comments are published in the earliest possible issue of the journal.


Manuscript submissions for the Obituaries section are by invitation only. Candidates for obituaries are selected by the AP Obituary Advisory Committee and the Obituaries section editor.

Guest Editorials

Guest Editorials may be invited by the Editor-in-Chief to offer perspective on a timely and critical issue for the field of psychology. Guest Editorials should meet the following criteria: provide expert opinion and context or interpretation on a timely and critical issue for the field of psychology that has important research, public health, or public policy implications. Guest Editorials are limited to 1,000 words and should be titled, "Guest Editorial:" followed by a unique, content-related subtitle.

Review Process: Guest Editorial submissions will be handled by the Editor-in-Chief or an Associate Editor and will be peer reviewed by at least two reviewers: an expert in the field with editorial experience as well as an associate editor or board member.

Each submission will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • the topic is important and timely;
  • the editorial communicates a clear, constructive, and compelling message;
  • the message of the editorial is relevant to a broad psychological readership; and
  • the writing style is collegial.

Manuscript Preparation

Authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Additional guidance on APA Style is available on the APA Style website.

Manuscripts must not exceed 35 double-spaced pages in length, including the title page, abstract, references, tables, and figures. All regular article submissions must include an abstract containing no more than 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.

Requests may be made for a small and specific number of additional pages when a strong rationale is presented (e.g., multiple studies presented, particularly complex new methodology). Requests must be made prior to submission.

Authors are expected to avoid bias in their writing (see chapter 3 of the Publication Manual). Accepted manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language.

Journal Article Reporting Standards

Authors should review the APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Updated in 2018, the standards offer ways to improve transparency in reporting to ensure that readers have the information necessary to evaluate the quality of the research and to facilitate collaboration and replication (see Anne Kazak’s Editorial on JARS).

The new JARS:

  • Recommend the division of hypotheses, analyses and conclusions into primary, secondary and exploratory groupings to allow for a full understanding of quantitative analyses presented in a manuscript and to enhance reproducibility;
  • Offer modules for authors reporting on replications, clinical trials, longitudinal studies, and observational studies, as well as the analytic methods of structural equation modeling and Bayesian analysis;
  • Include guidelines on reporting on registration (including making protocols public); participant characteristics, including demographic characteristics; inclusion and exclusion criteria; psychometric characteristics of outcome measures and other variables; and planned data diagnostics and analytic strategy.

JARS-Qual offers guidance to researchers using qualitative methods such as narrative data, grounded theory, phenomenological, critical, discursive, performative, ethnographic, consensual qualitative, case study, psychobiography, and thematic analysis approaches.

The guidelines focus on transparency in quantitative and mixed methods reporting, recommending descriptions of how the researcher's own perspective affected the study, as well as the contexts in which the research and analysis took place.


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.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors. Each table should be presented on a separate page following the Reference list.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as TIFF or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear in 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:

  • $1500 for one figure
  • An additional $1000 for the second figure
  • An additional $750 for each subsequent figure

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation. Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material

We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

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.

Academic Writing and English Language Editing Services

Authors who feel that their manuscript may benefit from additional academic writing or language editing support prior to submission are encouraged to seek out such services at their host institutions, engage with colleagues and subject matter experts, and/or consider several vendors that offer discounts to APA authors.

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Use of such service is not mandatory for publication in an APA journal. Use of one or more of these services does not guarantee selection for peer review, manuscript acceptance, or preference for publication in any APA journal.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Review Policy

The AP review process is handled by the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) and Associate Editors. All papers are read initially by the EIC or an AE (Action Editor) and a determination is made regarding whether to initiate peer review for the paper. Considerations include the fit of the manuscript with the AP Editorial Coverage Statement including sufficient breadth and potential significance and impact, adherence to the Instructions to Authors, and the written quality of the paper. Papers that are sent for peer review are read by members of the Editorial Board and Ad Hoc reviewers selected by the Action Editor for the paper.

Masked Review Policy

As a matter of policy, the identities of authors and reviewers are masked. Manuscripts that are peer reviewed are circulated without their title pages to mask the identity of the authors. Each copy of a manuscript should include a separate title page with authors' names and affiliations, and these should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript. Footnotes that identify the authors should be typed on a separate page. Authors should make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clue to their identity.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications (see Section 1.12 Conflict of Interest, Publication Manual). APA policy prohibits as well publication of any manuscript that has already been published in whole or substantial part elsewhere. Authors have an obligation to consult journal editors if there is any question concerning prior publication of part or all of their submitted manuscripts.

In light of changing patterns of scientific knowledge dissemination, APA requires authors to provide information on prior dissemination of the data and narrative interpretations of the data/research appearing in the manuscript (e.g., if some or all were presented at a conference or meeting, posted on a listserv, shared on a website, including academic social networks like ResearchGate, etc.). This information (2–4 sentences) must be provided as part of the Author Note.

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, amended in 2010 (AP, Vol. 65, p. 493) and 2016 (AP, Vol. 71, p. 900).


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Artists should submit 3 to 6 images electronically for consideration to Susan J. Harris. Please provide the artist's name, phone number, e-mail address, and website if available. If any of the works are held by museums, galleries, or private individuals other than the artist, indicate that information as well. Please provide the title of the artwork for each piece of artwork submitted.


If images are owned by galleries or private individuals, the person submitting must obtain and provide permission from the copyright holder before submission.

Review Policy

The AP art review process is handled initially by the Art Co-Editors. Final selection is made by the AP Editor-in-Chief.

Among factors used in considering artwork are appropriateness of the content and title; bright color; crisp image; visually engaging; and availability of the artist for an interview as the basis for the "On the Cover" essay.

Editorial decisions also take into account the diversity of artists, images, and media. AP seeks to present a wide variety of art and artists to stimulate the eye and mind.

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    Special issue of APA's journal American Psychologist, Vol. 66, No. 4, May–June 2011. Articles discuss psychological aspects of global climate change, including human behavioral contributions; coping with threat and environmental impacts; and barriers to mitigation and adaptation.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness

    Special issue of APA's journal American Psychologist, Vol. 66, No. 1, January 2011. Articles discuss various aspects of the U.S. Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, including resilience, assessment, posttraumatic growth, and family issues.

  • Diversity and Leadership

    Special issue of APA's journal American Psychologist, Vol. 65, No. 3, April 2010. Articles address issues regarding diversity and leadership, including gender and culture; race; work and family issues; and sexual orientation.

  • Charles Darwin and Psychology, 1809–2009

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 64, No. 2, February–March 2009. Includes articles about the influence of Charles Darwin on functionalism; comparative psychology and ethology; race, gender, and culture; emotion expression; emotions and emotional disorders; and the emergence of evolutionary psychology.

  • Obedience — Then and Now

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 64, No. 1, January 2009. The articles discuss Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments, including the impact on personality and social psychology, historical perspectives, and change over time.

  • Eating Disorders

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 62, No. 3, April 2007. Includes articles about eating disorder diagnoses; risk factors; psychological treatment; Medicare reimbursement for weight loss interventions; and effective obesity treatments.

  • Leadership

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 62, No. 1, January 2007. Includes articles about the challenges of leadership in the modern world; trait-based perspectives; the role of the situation; promoting more integrative strategies for leadership theory-building; and a systems model of leadership.

  • Genes, Race, and Psychology in the Genome Era

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 60, No. 1, January 2005. Includes articles about race and ethnicity; the social construction of race; the meaning of race in psychology; intelligence, race, and genetics; the impartial treatment of genetic and environmental hypotheses of racial differences; race and IQ; use of race variables in genetic studies of complex traits; and controversies in biomedical, behavioral, and forensic sciences.

  • Fifty Years On: Brown v. Board of Education and American Psychology, 1954–2004

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 59, No. 6, September 2004. Includes articles about the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, specifically the scientific attacks on the decision; the effects of segregation and consequences of desegregation; intractable self-fulfilling prophecies; social science research; and increasing the number of African American PhDs in the sciences and engineering.

  • Prevention That Works for Children and Youth

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 58, No. 6/7, June/July 2003. The articles highlight key research findings and common principles for effective programming across family, school, community, health care, and policy interventions and discuss their implications for practice.

  • Interactions Among Scientists and Policymakers

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 57, No. 3, March 2002. The articles explore the controversy over a child sexual abuse meta-analysis; the influence of politics; the peer review process; scientific publishing dilemmas; and the impact of the Internet.

  • Positive Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 55, No. 1, January 2000. Includes articles about the evolution of happiness; individual development in a bio-cultural perspective; subjective well-being; the future of optimism; self-determination theory; adaptive mental mechanisms; health; wisdom; excellence; creativity; giftedness; and positive youth development.

  • Applications of Developmental Science

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 53, No. 2, February 1998. Includes articles about child care; early intervention; abusive family relationships; adolescent pregnancy and parenthood; marital transitions; socioeconomic disadvantage; depression; and juvenile aggression and violence.

  • Intelligence and Lifelong Learning

    Special issue of the APA journal of American Psychologist, Vol. 52, No. 10, October 1997. Includes articles about the concept of intelligence and its role in lifelong learning and success; intelligence testing status and trends; schooling; society; income; training and employment; special education; sex differences; race–ethnicity; ability assessments; and teaching.

  • Outcome Assessment of Psychotherapy

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 51, No. 10, October 1996. Includes articles about psychotherapy practice and research; the tripartite model and the Consumer Reports study; the efficacy and effectiveness of psychotherapy relative to medications; clinical trials; mental health services delivery; health care policy; and science as an ally of practice.

  • Adolescence

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 48, No. 2, February 1993. Includes articles on violence and youth; school and family experiences; development in high-risk settings; depression; suicide; and mental health.

  • Reflections on B. F. Skinner and Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 47, No. 11, November 1992. The articles discuss B. F. Skinner and his impact on behavior analysis; radical behaviorism; functional behaviorism; operant conditioning; child development; human infant behavior; social construction of knowledge; and social justice.

  • History of American Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal of American Psychologist, Vol. 47, No. 2, February 1992. The diverse collection of articles tells the story of American psychologists involved in the advancement of psychology as a science, a profession, and a means of promoting human welfare. Moreover, these articles are illustrative of historiography as practiced by contemporary historians of psychology.

  • Organizational Psychology

    Special issue of the APA journal American Psychologist, Vol. 45, No. 2, February 1990. Articles discuss organizations of the future; organizational culture; work teams; training system issues; work motivation; developing the competitive organization; designing systems for resolving disputes; workplace technology; power and leadership; developing managerial talent through simulation; women and minorities in management; entrepreneurship; human resource planning; family issues; worksite stress management interventions; employee fitness and wellness programs; and health issues at work.