Submission Criteria

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Mission and Scope

Trauma Psychology News (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 Section 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.

General Instructions:

All documents should be titled as LastNameFirstNameFeatureMonthYear  (i.e., AldrichRenuBookReviewJan2014.docx). Please provide a 100-word bio for each author at the bottom of the article as well as a jpeg photo (titled in the format of AldrichRenuMay2014.jpg) for of each author. An e-mail address and phone number for correspondence is required for all submissions. Send submissions to the corresponding email addresses below.

Featured Articles:

  • Scope: Substantive reports of theory, research, clinical practice, or policy pertaining to psychological trauma.
  • Length: Maximum 2,000 words, including references.
  • Submission instructions: Email manuscript (including bios) and photo(s) to TPN editors at traumapsychologynews@gmail.com.

Special Section (one annually):

  • Scope: Articles organized by an invited editor, and all focus on a particular topic.
  • Length: Maximum 2,000 words, including references.
  • Submission instructions:

Early Career Psychologist Section:

  • Scope: Information of interest to or concerning early career practitioners in trauma psychology.
  • Length: Maximum 2,000 words, including references.
  • Submission instructions: Submit to Section Editor, Christine Valdez at christine.valdez@ucsf.edu.

Diversity & Multicultural Section:

  • Scope: Information of interest to or concerning diversity and multicultural issues in trauma psychology.
  • Length: Maximum 2,000 words, including references.
  • Submission instructions: Email manuscript (including bios) and photo(s) to TPN editors at traumapsychologynews@gmail.com.

Student Spotlight Section:

  • Scope: Information of interest to or concerning graduate students in trauma psychology.
  • Length: Maximum 2,000 words, including references.
  • Submission instructions: Submit to Section Editors, Colin Mahoney at ctmahone@bu.edu AND Viann Nguyen-Feng at viann@umn.edu.

International Section:

  • Scope: Articles featuring members of our division who live outside North America.
  • Length: Maximum 1500 words.
  • Submission instructions: Submit to Section Editor Elizabeth Carll at ecarll@optonline.net.

Book Review Section:

  • Scope: Review of published works on trauma psychology and related areas.
  • Length: Word count may range from 750 to 1500. (The longer count when appropriate for major publications)
  • Submission instructions: Submit to Section Editors, Serena Wadhwa at drserenawadhwa@gmail.com AND Omewha Beaton Omewhabeaton@gmail.com.

New Fellows Section:

  • 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: 300 words.
  • Submission instructions: Chair of the Fellows Committee, Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, pd227@georgetown.edu, requests these from new fellows.

Who’s Who Section:

  • Scope: Column spotlighting member(s). Spotlighted members typically invited by TPN editors; however, nominations are welcome at any time.
  • Length: 500 words.
  • Submission instructions: Email nominations or interview responses to TPN editors at traumapsychologynews@gmail.com.

Letters to the Editor:

  • Scope: Content should address issues, controversies, and matters of fact in trauma psychology. Attacks against persons are not acceptable.
  • Length: 250 words.
  • Submission instructions: Email letter (including bios) and photo(s) to TPN editors at traumapsychologynews@gmail.com.
  • 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.