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Deadline: September 1st, 2018

The editorial staff of Division 18’s APA journal Psychological Services would like to invite you to submit articles for a special issue on Early Intervention Services for Serious Mental Illness that will be edited by Guest Editors Shirley M. Glynn, Ph. D. and Piper S. Meyer-Kalos, Ph.D., with Associate Editor, Femina P. Varghese, Ph.D.

It is becoming increasing recognized that early intervention in affective and non-affective psychosis can significantly improve the short-term trajectory of these illnesses.    While there is a large body of scientific literature exploring the benefits of these interventions in countries with national health systems, research and implementation of these programs has lagged in the US.  Recently, positive results of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode Early Treatment Program (RAISE-ETP) and Implementation and Evaluation Studies (RAISE-IES) have highlighted the value of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) in enhancing recovery from first episode non-affective psychosis in the US.  Other investigators are exploring the utility of specialized early intervention programs for those experiencing a first episode of affective psychosis. In light of these results, the US Congress has established special funding to expand the availability of CSC programs throughout the country

Given the need for more literature on the development, use, and effectiveness of early intervention services for serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar illness in US public service settings and populations, this special issue is focused on publishing papers that cover early treatment services broadly, including reviews, empirical studies, innovative developments, program evaluations, and policy papers. Considering the nature of the journal, papers should be focused on the implementation of early intervention services for serious mental illness, including schizophrenia spectrum and bipolar disorders, in organized care settings such as community mental health settings, Indian Health Services, state and local prisons or jails, community health centers, university clinics, training hospitals, and local/state hospitals. 

This special section will be devoted to all aspects of the implementation and evaluation of early intervention services for serious mental illness programs in US public service settings.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical outcome data from the implementation of these programs
  • Presentations of successful implementation of these programs with special populations (e.g. rural areas, low SES, ethnically or racially diverse, immigrants, etc.)
  • Comparative reviews of these programs as implemented throughout the US
  • Program evaluation papers demonstrating creative problem-solving of implementation challenges of these program (e.g. securing and sustaining funding, developing novel recruitment and retention strategies, managing staff turnover effectively)
  • Use of technology (e.g. telehealth, clinical apps) as a part of these programs
  • Enhancing the consumer role in the development, implementation, and staffing of these programs
  • Data on the unique benefits of participation in specific components of CSC (e.g. family interventions, individual therapy interventions, pharmacology, supported employment and education)
  • Data on participant outcomes of greater than two years duration
  • Greater specification of the participant recovery process
  • Optimal ways to integrate pharmacology and psychosocial interventions for first episodes of serious mental illness

In sum, we welcome manuscripts related to a variety of topics related to the early treatment of affective and/or non-affective psychosis in Public Service Settings, including empirical, conceptual, theoretical, and program evaluation papers focused on service provision. The deadline for receipt of papers for this special section is September 1st, 2018.  Please follow the Instructions to Authors information located on the Psychological Services website at:  Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the Manuscript Submission Web Portal as described on the journal’s website, here:

Please specify in your cover letter that the submission is intended for the special section on early treatment of affective and/or non-affective psychosis in Public Service Settings and address your submission cover letter to Dr. Femina P. Varghese, Dr. Shirley M. Glynn, and Dr. Piper S. Meyer-Kalos. All papers submitted will be initially screened by the editorial board and, if evaluated as appropriate for the journal, papers will then be sent out for blind peer review. For further questions related to this special section, please contact Dr. Varghese at, Dr. Glynn at, and Dr. Meyer-Kalos