American Psychologist, established in 1946, is APA’s official peer-reviewed scholarly journal. It publishes original articles and empirical papers on all aspects of psychology, regardless of area of specialization. This early April, APA invites submissions for papers with combining poverty and economic issues in psychology’s frame. Research in psychology and in related fields has much to offer in terms of understanding the correlates and consequences of poverty and economic inequality and the reduction of these disparities. The goal of this special issue is to showcase the breadth and depth of psychology’s contributions to understanding and alleviating poverty and economic inequality. Other central aims include synthesizing key findings from psychological research and related fields, identifying gaps in our knowledge and areas in which further work is needed, and informing the advancement of strategies, interventions, and policies that alleviate poverty and economic inequality.

Paper interest:

How has psychological research contributed to the advancement of anti-poverty efforts? What can we do to better serve economically disadvantaged groups and reduce economic inequality?How do poverty and economic inequality influence health and well-being? How can their negative consequences be mitigated?

How can psychological research, training, and practice be harnessed to inform effective interventions and social policy?

How does rising economic inequality shape attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors? How are intergroup relations affected?

How can we improve the life chances of low-income children, families, and communities?

What are the psychological consequences of scarcity?

How does classism influence social policy and contribute to the (re)creation of class-based inequalities?

How can we best train and support researchers and practitioners to work effectively with low-income populations?

Manuscript submission:

APA welcomes manuscripts that are theoretical and/or empirical in nature, address basic and/or applied issues, bridge different disciplines, consolidate research evidence, and have the potential to advance theory, research, training, practice, and policy.All manuscripts should explicitly discuss psychology’s contributions to APA understanding of the issues being investigated and identify areas in which further work (e.g., research, policy) is needed.

The Letter of Intent should include author names and affiliations, manuscript title, and an abstract that outlines the proposed submission.

Abstracts should clearly convey how the proposed manuscript will address the goals of the special issue.

All submitted manuscripts will undergo masked peer review. Thus, invitation to submit a manuscript does not guarantee inclusion in the special issue.

Heather E. Bullock, PhD, will serve as the Guest Editor of the Special Issue in collaboration with Associate Editor Jennifer Crocker, PhD.

Letters of Intent, as well as any questions, should be directed to Dr. Bullock .

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the Manuscript Submission information on the American Psychologisthomepage and submitted electronically through the journal’s manuscript submission portal.

Important Dates:

:1 April 2017: 2-page letter of intent due

1 May 2017: invitations to submit a full-length manuscript will be sent

1 August 2017: deadline for manuscript submissions

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