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Mission and Scope

The Trauma Psychology Newsletter (TPN) is a publication of American Psychological Association Division 56, Trauma Psychology, and is currently published three times a year. It is a resource regarding advances in theory, research, clinical practice and policy within the field of trauma psychology as well as a forum for sharing Division 56 news and information about professional activities and opportunities.

TPN is distributed to the entire Division 56 membership, which includes academics, clinicians, students, and affiliates who share a common interest in trauma psychology, as well as to interested parties via the division web site. Unless otherwise stated, opinions expressed by authors, contributors, and advertisers are their own and not necessarily those of APA, Division 56, the editorial staff, or any member of the editorial advisory board.

Publication Schedule

Issue Submission Deadline Publication Date
Winter February 1 March
Spring/Summer June 1 July
Fall October 1 November

Submission Guidelines

TPN accepts submissions for consideration through its Department Editors as well as freelance submissions sent to the Editor. Authors do not need to be members of the APA or Division 56 in order to contribute.

All materials and references must be final drafts written in APA style and sent via e-mail attachment in MS Word or WordPerfect format.

To make saving and finding submissions easier, all documents should be titled as LastNameFirstNameFeatureMonthYear, i.e. AldrichRenuBookReviewJan2014.docx. Please provide a 100-word bio at the bottom of the article and a jpeg photo (titled in the format of AldrichRenuMay2014.jpg) for possible inclusion.

Special Section

  • Scope: Articles organized by an invited editor, and all focus on a particular topic.
  • Articles: Maximum of 5.
  • Length: Maximum 1500 words each.
  • Submission instructions: Submit articles or ideas for special sections to editor-in-chief. Please note that special sections that have not been previously approved will not be accepted.
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

Main articles

  • Scope: Substantive reports of theory, research, clinical practice or policy pertaining to psychological trauma.
  • Length: Maximum 2,000 words, including references.
  • Submission instructions: Send directly to both Editor Bryan Reuther at btreuther@gmail.com and Associate Editor Tyson Bailey at tdbaileypsyd@gmail.com.
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

Early Career Psychologist Department

  • Scope: Information of interest to or concerning early career practitioners in trauma psychology.
  • Length: Maximum 2000 words.
  • Submission instructions: Submit to Department Editors Christine Valdez at christine.valdez@ucsf.edu and Monique Brown at drmoniquebrown@gmail.com.
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

Diversity and Multicultural Issues

  • Scope: Information of interest to or concerning diversity and multicultural issues in trauma psychology.
  • Length: Maximum 2000 words.
  • Submission instructions: Submit to Department Editors Lesia Ruglass at ruglass.ccny@gmail.com and Bekh Bradley-Davino at rbradl2@emory.edu.
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

Student Spotlight Department

  • Scope: Information of interest to or concerning graduate students in trauma psychology.
  • Length: Maximum 1500 words.
  • Submission instructions: Submit to Department Editors Amy Berman at amyberman@gmail.com and Melissa Duguay at mduguay@gmail.com.
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

International Perspetives Department

  • Scope: Articles featuring members of our committee who live outside North America.
  • Length: Maximum 1500 words.
  • Submission instructions: Submit to Department Editor Elizabeth Carll at ecarll@optonline.net.
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

Book Review Department

  • Scope: Works regarding trauma psychology and related areas.
  • Length: Word count may range from 750 to 1500. (The longer count when appropriate for major publications.)
  • Submission instructions: Please contact Department Editor (Open) for specific guidelines before making a submission.
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

New Fellows Department

  • Scope: Column spotlighting new fellows. Include a photo and a bio that may include the following: When not working, s/he enjoys…; the best thing about living in (city) is…; advice to new trauma psychologists.
  • Length: 250 words.
  • Submission instructions: Chair of the Fellows Committee, Laurie Anne Pearlman, lpearlmanphd@comcast.net, requests these from new fellows.
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

Awards Department

  • Scope: Yearly awards recipients at Div56 conference.
  • Length: 250 words for famous recipients, 150 for others.
  • Submission instructions: Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee, Nnamdi Pole at npole@smith.edu and Bita Ghafoori at bita.ghafoori@csulb.edu
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

Who’s Who Department

  • Scope: Column spotlighting members. Include a photo and an interview that includes the following information: 1) What is your current occupation? 2) Where were you educated? 3) Why did you choose this field? 4) What is most rewarding about this work for you? 5) What is most frustrating about your work? 6) How do you keep your life in balance (i.e., what are your hobbies)? 7) What are your future plans?
  • Length: 500 words.
  • Submission instructions: Send to Department Editor Bryan Reuther at btreuther@gmail.com and Associate Editor Tyson Bailey at tdbaileypsyd@gmail.com
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

Opinion Articles/ Editorials

  • Scope: Content should address issues, controversies and matters of fact in trauma psychology. Attacks against persons are not acceptable.
  • Length: 500 words.
  • Submission instructions: Include a 100-word bio and photo (in jpg or tiff formats titled FirstNameLastNamePhotoMonthYear) for publication. Send directly to both Editor Bryan Reuther at btreuther@gmail.com and Associate Editor Tyson Bailey at tdbaileypsyd@gmail.com.
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.

Letters to the Editor

  • Scope: Content should address issues, controversies and matters of fact in trauma psychology. Attacks against persons are not acceptable.
  • Length: 200 words.
  • Submission instructions: Send directly to both Editor Bryan Reuther at btreuther@gmail.com and Associate Editor Tyson Bailey at tdbaileypsyd@gmail.com.
  • Contact information: An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required.
  • Special Note: A member of the newsletter will respond to accepted submissions to verify this is your letter. We require contact information for this purpose, but you may indicate whether or not you want your affiliation published with your name.