European Journal of Psychotraumatology Calls for Papers


EJPT announces two Calls for Papers on global mental health:

 


Global Mental Health: Trauma and adversity among populations in transition

PrintGuest Editor: Brian J. Hall, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Macau, Macau (SAR), People’s Republic of China; Center for Migrant Health Policy, Sun Yat-sen University School of Public Health, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China; Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, United States of America.

There are an estimated one billion migrants worldwide and the mental health of this sizable population is an important public health priority. War, humanitarian crises, political instability, oppression, poor economic conditions, and man-made and natural disasters, all conspire to create conditions under which people leave their homes. Traumatic event exposure may occur during three key phases: pre-migration, transit, and post-migration. Continued research into the consequences of trauma exposure along this continuum, and intervention and prevention programs addressing the mental health of individuals and communities in transition are needed.

This special issue on Global Mental Health: Trauma and adversity among populations in transition aspires to serve as a compendium of state-of-the-art research on trauma-affected communities in transition.

European Journal of Psychotraumatology invites original research papers (qualitative and quantitative) and systematic review articles as well as short communications and debate pieces on the following topics:

  • the consequences of trauma exposure among migrant communities with a focus on the epidemiology of mental disorders, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and culturally bound syndromes and manifestations of distress;
  • social determinants of the patterning of traumatic exposure and migrant mental health status along the migration continuum, including post-migration social and contextual factors contributing to mental health, not limited to low income contexts and south-south migration;
  • intervention studies, including randomized control trials and open trials of new and investigatory interventions under development;
  • vulnerable populations in transition including irregular migrants, internally displaced people, refugees, asylum seekers, sex workers, MSM, injection drug users, and victims of exploitation including human trafficking abuses (both labor and sexual);
  • functioning, adaptation, and resilience among migrant communities;
  • barriers and facilitators of medical and psychiatric care among trauma-affected migrants, including health systems research on integrating migrant health needs in local and national health systems;
  • empirically supported treatment guidelines, implementation approaches, and public mental health policy related to migrant mental health

How to submit: Please go to the website of the journal www.ejpt.net, read the author instructions carefully and then click the Submit manuscript button in the upper right-hand corner and follow the instructions. The section to select is “Global mental health and migration”.

Regular publication fee applies; please see http://www.ejpt.net/index.php/ejpt/pages/view/fee.

Timeline: The submission deadline is May 31, 2015. A first round of reviews is expected at the latest four weeks after submission.

For inquiries about this call, please contact Professor Miranda Olff, Chief Editor of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology.



Global Mental Health and Trauma: the current evidence and the long road ahead

Guest Editor: Marianna Purgato, PhD, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.

In the last few years, a growing amount of evidence has reported an urgent need of research focused on mental health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), and a substantial gap between the burden caused by mental disorders and the resources devoted to prevent and to treat them. More than 80% of the global population lives in LMICs, while these countries command less than 20% of resources to treat mental illness. The consequence is that more than 75% of people with mental health disorders in these countries do not receive any care at all, despite substantial role disability.

In response to this situation, researchers have eagerly started to address the psychological and social needs of populations living in humanitarian settings in LMICs, with randomized controlled trials, implementation strategies, and guidelines specifically focused on the needs of this population.

This special issue on global mental health and trauma aims to give an overview of the state-of-the-art of research done so far, and to discuss what we can do in the future to bridge the gap between research and practice.

European Journal of Psychotraumatology now invites original research papers and systematic review articles as well as short communications and debate pieces on the following topics:

  • consequences of humanitarian crises on mental health, social functioning and quality of life.
  • traumatic experiences, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression in LMICs – for children, adults or elderly people;
  • intervention research;
  • methodology: randomized trials of psychosocial interventions for people living in LMICs exposed to trauma;
  • the role of evidence-based recommendations in bridging the gap between research and practice in LMICs;
  • implementation of mental health interventions in humanitarian settings in LMICs;
  • consideration of human rights: abuses in people with mental disorders living in humanitarian settings, and the rights to receive evidence based treatments.

How to submit: Please go to the website of the journal www.ejpt.net, read the author instructions carefully and then click the “Submit a manuscript” button in the upper right-hand corner and follow the instructions. The section to select is “Global mental health and trauma”.

Regular publication fee applies; please see http://www.ejpt.net/index.php/ejpt/pages/view/fee

Timeline: The submission deadline is May 29th, 2015. A first round of reviews is expected four weeks after submission at the latest.

For inquiries about this call, please contact Professor Miranda Olff, Chief Editor of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology.