Behavior Therapy: Special Issue - Call for Papers

Behavior Therapy plans to publish a special issue on “Treating PTSD: Innovations and Understanding Processes of Change”, hosted by Associate Editors Reg Nixon and Denise Sloan. As such, we are calling for original manuscripts within this broad area.

Over the past two decades there has been extensive research into cognitive-behavioral therapies for PTSD. Despite these advances, we also know that our treatments require further development given there are a number of challenges to successful outcome. Clients with PTSD often have complex presentations, do not always respond to treatment or reach good end-­state functioning, and some drop out prematurely. We have only modest understanding of the myriad of factors that contribute to treatment change and failure to recover from trauma.

The objective of this special issue is to highlight new developments in the field that address these issues. Studies can address these issues in any age group (ranging from early childhood to older adults).

To this end, we are calling for original manuscript submissions within this broad framework that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Novel treatments, early phase trials
  • Treatments that specifically target complexity or seek to address factors associated with poor outcome
  • Investigations of processes associated with treatment outcome
  • Experimental research examining proposed mechanisms of change relevant to treatment
  • Research (experimental and naturalistic) that investigates processes associated with failure to recover from trauma and development of PTSD

Secondary analyses of published data (e.g., from treatment trials) are allowed if a clear case can be made that the manuscript represents a unique contribution from what has already been published from the primary study.

Authors interested in having a manuscript considered for this special issue need to first submit a 1-­page proposal outlining the full manuscript by 30th June, 2015.

Authors of selected proposals will be invited to submit a full paper due 1st October, 2015.

All invited manuscripts will undergo the normal peer review process. Note that an initial invitation does not guarantee acceptance. All manuscripts should be prepared in strict accordance with Behavior Therapy guidelines (see the Instructions to Authors section of the Behavior Therapy homepage) and eventually submitted through the Behavior Therapy manuscript submission portal.

Questions about appropriate topics, as well as the 1-page proposals, can be sent to Professor Reg Nixon.

BT Special Issue Call for Papers (PDF 44KB)