About the Journal of Health Service Psychology

The National Register of Health Service Psychologists has transformed its trade magazine, The Register Report, into a clinically oriented journal. The Journal of Health Service Psychology (JHSP) is a peer-reviewed, translational and clinical journal providing scholarly and scientific information to a circulation of 11,000 licensed psychologists, 2,500 psychology doctoral students, and 1,500 psychology doctoral programs, internship training sites, and postdoctoral training sites.

Manuscript Submission

Submit a manuscript to be reviewed for publication in the Journal of Health Service Psychology (JHSP) by completing this form and uploading your document. Prior to submitting a manuscript, please review the Editorial Coverage Statement and Specifications for Manuscript Submission below.

Send other inquiries about the JHSP to JHSP@nationalregister.org.

JHSP Editorial Coverage Statement

The Journal of Health Service Psychology is a translational and clinical journal which publishes articles of direct clinical relevance to Health Service Psychologists and other behavioral health practitioners. Data-based empirical investigations of clinical challenges, reviews, meta-analyses, evidence-based practice analyses (e.g., outcomes of disease management protocols), and well-constructed case series are considered. The unifying theme is that they must address a current clinical issue or practice challenge and to the maximum extent possible be of immediate applicability to clinicians. Clinical topics in both mental health and physical health are appropriate, and submissions on integrated care delivery are of particular interest. Empirical articles must include a section entitled “Clinical Applications.” JHSP does not publish basic research or theoretical analyses.

Specifications for Manuscript Submission

The focus of manuscripts for JHSP should be geared towards actual clinical challenges faced by practitioners on the front-line of service delivery. Our readers seek information that directly relates to the clinical and practice challenges they face and how they approach and handle them. Manuscripts may be empirical contributions, integrative reviews, or evidence-supported descriptions of best practices. The text portion of manuscripts may be between 15 and 25 double-spaced pages in length, in 12-point font, with an abstract and title page. References, tables and other backmatter should be formatted in APA style and are not included in the page count for the manuscript proper.

The Editing Process

The JHSP has “active” editors, meaning they are willing and able to engage in discussion, shaping and crafting of a manuscript at any and all points in the development and publication process. They do not just review manuscripts and make simple up/down decisions about them. The editors work actively with authors to help them create the most effective communication vehicle for sharing their research and clinical knowledge. Please consider submitting to the Journal of Health Service Psychology.

Meet the Editors

Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, ABPP

Editor, Journal of Health Service Psychology

Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, ABPP, is the Executive Officer of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He has a long history of leadership and advocacy in the profession, including many years’ experience working with the National Register, having served as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2008. He has also served as Systemwide Dean of the California School of Professional Psychology. He is a retired US Navy Captain, and during his naval career he served as the Navy’s Clinical Psychology Specialty Leader, Special Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General for Mental Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and in a number of positions both in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Sammons is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical), and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He contributes regularly to professional literature and presents widely on issues pertaining to clinical practice and the advancement of psychology.

Dr. Sammons has extensive prior editorial experience, having served as an Associate Editor for the APA journals Professional Psychology Research and Practice (2001–2005) and Psychological Services (2005–2015), the APA affiliated journal Military Psychology (2011–2015), as well as terms on the editorial board or as a guest editor of The Journal of Clinical Psychology (In Session) and the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.

Gary R. VandenBos, PhD

Managing Editor, Journal of Health Service Psychology

Gary R. VandenBos, PhD, is a Senior Professional Consultant for the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He has a long history of leadership in publishing in psychology, including serving for 30 years as the Publisher for the American Psychological Association (APA). He has also served as a Professor II at the University of Bergen (Norway) for 25 years.  He is currently the President of APA Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) as well as a member of the APA Council of Representatives. He has served as the Editor, Associate Editor, or Managing Editor of seven journals, including the American Psychologist.

Editorial Board

Damion J. Grasso, PhD (Associate Editor)

Dr. Damion Grasso is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware. His research focuses on biobehavioral mechanisms involved in the relationship between cumulative exposure to childhood adversity and emergent psychopathology. Another aspect of Dr. Grasso’s research involves the development of screening and assessment tools for identifying exposure to adversity and trauma and associated emotional and behavioral symptoms in children and adults. Clinically, Dr. Grasso has expertise in treating trauma-related psychopathology, including posttraumatic stress disorder, using empirically-supported, trauma-specific psychological treatments.

Abbey J. Hughes, PhD (Associate Editor)

Dr. Abbey Hughes is an assistant professor and rehabilitation psychologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on promoting behavioral health, wellness, and symptom management for individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) through the development and evaluation of novel assessment and intervention approaches. In collaboration with her MS rehabilitation research colleagues, her current projects include internet-delivered interventions and assessments targeting sleep behaviors, fatigue management, and cognitive function. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in clinical health psychology from the University of Kansas, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in MS rehabilitation research. She has held various research-focused leadership roles within APA’s Division for Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22), the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and the National MS Society. In 2017, she was awarded the National Register’s Judy E. Hall, PhD, Early Career Psychologist Award.

Lisa Kearney, PhD, ABPP (Associate Editor)

Dr. Lisa Kearney is the Associate Director of Education at the VA Center for Integrated Healthcare. She previously worked on the executive team of the VA Office of Mental Health Operations as their Senior Consultant for Technical Assistance and at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System as their Chief of Psychology and Training Director. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health – San Antonio and is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology. Dr. Kearney also serves on the APA Board of Professional Affairs, as the President-elect of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology, and as an Associate Editor for Psychological Services and Editor for Psychology of Men and Masculinity. Dr. Kearney is recipient of the 2015 APA Division 18 Peter J.N. Linnerooth National Service Award and a 2016 APA Presidential Citation for her work in integrated care.

David G. Stewart, PhD (Associate Editor)

Dr. David G. Stewart is Chief of Psychology at Cambridge Health Alliance. He was previously Professor of Clinical Psychology and Chair of the PhD program at Seattle Pacific University. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California San Diego. Dr. Stewart’s principal research area is adolescent substance use disorders and comorbid mental health conditions and substance abuse in minority youth and communities, including work on NIDA and SAMHSA supported projects. Dr. Stewart publishes extensively on assessment and treatment of adolescent substance abuse and minority youth.

Eva Woodward, PhD (Associate Editor)

Dr. Eva Woodward was trained as a clinical health psychologist. She is a clinician researcher in implementation science to reduce health disparities between non-vulnerable and vulnerable populations, such as racial minority, sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ), and low-income individuals. Her work focuses on health psychology interventions or interventions in primary care settings and she has peer-reviewed many articles on these topics for journals such as AIDS & Behavior, Youth & Society, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine. She works for the U.S. Department for Veterans Affairs and Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, located in beautiful Little Rock, Arkansas. She was trained at Suffolk University in Boston (PhD) and Brown University in Providence (residency), and was awarded the Distinguished Student Contribution from the American Psychological Association’s division on LGBTQ issues.

Production Editor

Catherine Rothwell

About the National Register

The National Register of Health Service Psychologists was established in 1974 and is the largest credentialing organization for psychologists. The National Register promotes credentialed psychologists to consumers, provides distinction and value to Registrants, guides psychology students toward credentialing, enhances psychologists’ contributions to integrated healthcare, and facilitates identification of qualified psychologists in a global community. For more information, visit www.nationalregister.org.

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