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Telehealth, Telepsychology and Technology-Related Papers: Open Call for Manuscripts

This is a forwarded message from the American Psychological Association’s Division 18 to request manuscripts related to technology, telehealth or online counseling.

Feel free to drop me a line if you have questions about submitting your specific topic, but otherwise, please send your manuscripts to the email address at the bottom of the file.

Please note, 2 types of submissions will be accepted:

  1. traditional research (20-25 pages)
  2. profiles of successful projects (1-page)

Telehealth, Telepsychology and Technology-Related Papers: Open Call for Manuscripts

telehealth, telepsychology and technologyThe editorial staff at the American Psychological Association, Division 18’s journal entitled Psychological Services is extending an invitation for manuscripts to be considered for a special section on technology-based mental health services. Pat Deleon, Ph.D., J.D. is the publication’s editor. Marlene M. Maheu Ph.D. is the guest editor.

Technology development is accelerating and doubles every year in capacity, price performance and bandwidth. Yet, psychology still offers a dearth of theory and research related to technology-based services psychologists could be delivering. Therefore, this special section will be devoted to the three overlapping areas of psychological service delivery:

  1. information technology (including to the telecommunication specialties of telehealth: telemental health; telepsychology; distance assessment and psychological testing; ehealth (Internet-based telehealth such as in email, chat rooms, instant messaging, audio and audio recording, videoconferencing, psycho-education formats such as webinars, community forums, social networking, and other forms of self-help); mobile health (or “mhealth” such as text messaging or iPhone/ smartphone “applications or “apps”) and universal health (uhealth) as is being conducted in foreign countries such as South Korea
  2. nanotechnology (including microchips, nanodevices, nanosensors,
    nanoelectronics, biofeedback, virtual reality)
  3. biotechnology (medical and psychological “devices,” biometric
    sensors, genomics, proteomics, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and
    psychoinformatics)

The US Federal government began its funding of telemedicine with telepsychiatry over 50 years ago, but most psychologists are unaware of the over 10,000 telemedicine articles that have been published in all areas of medicine since then. Not only has telepsychiatry (and telemedicine in general) been shown to be effective as well as cost effective, Medicare and Medicaid have been reimbursing for such services in specified conditions. Eleven states of the union now require all insurance carriers to reimburse for telehealth services, but most mental health practitioners are unaware of their ability to receive such reimbursement.

Division 18 welcomes two types of submissions:

  1. Traditional Manuscripts related to a variety of topics related to
    technology, including, but not limited to:
    • Video conferencing of psychotherapy and supervision
    • evidence-based care management and psychotherapy
    • continuing education
    • use of Internet capabilities to advance psychological interventions, including video, chat, email, instant messaging, webinars, psycho-education, for either groups or individuals in treatment; as an adjunct to treatment or as self-help
    • ethical and legal challenges (e.g., licensure across state lines or national borders; encryption; referrals, patient education; professional boundaries online; supervision; security and confidentiality; reliability; client or practitioner authentication; psychological testing; informed consent procedures; multicultural or multilingual issues; emergency backup procedures; direct care in unsupervised settings such as the home or workplace; etc.)
    • use of technology for administrative purposes (i.e., scheduling through web interfaces, email or chat; electronic medical record implementation)
    • case consultation and supervision
    • innovative use of publicly accessible information online
    • multidisciplinary telehealth, such as collaboration with primary care offices or home telehealth specialists including nurses
    • innovative use of social media use of federal or state resources on the Internet; psycho-informatics; or use of search engines in practicereimbursement issues, including but not limited to grants, Medicare Medicaid funding,  special programs (i.e., Indian Health Services or children’s programs)
    • models of service expansion  to rural or other special populations  through technology
  2. Model Programs: Manuscripts in the form of brief, 1 page (2.5 typed
    pages) summary articles that are instructional in nature to exemplify
    the current state of the art in practice settings. These brief
    manuscripts must include a minimum of these elements:
    1. name(s) of institution
    2. service(s) delivered
    3. type(s) of professionals involved
    4. training for telemental services of professional(s) involved (professional path to get where you are)
    5. population(s) served
    6. geographic location served
    7. funding sources
    8. technology used
    9. technology choices that would be different next time and why
    10. use of Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
    11. biggest challenge(s)
    12. biggest success(es)
    13. lesson(s) learned

While the Division’s focus is on psychologists in “public service,” usually defined as being employed by a governmental agency, Psychological Services covers the full range of psychological services provided in any service delivery setting.

Psychological Services therefore encourages submission of papers that focus on broad issues related to psychotherapy outcomes, evaluations of psychological service programs and systems, and public policy analyses. The journal will also publish a limited number of significant literature reviews, descriptions of training for psychologists working in public service settings, and case studies of psychological services, service delivery systems, or model programs.

Review papers, theoretical papers, and empirical papers are all welcomed for submission. The deadline for receipt of papers for this special section is March 15, 2011. Please follow the Instructions to Authors information located on the Psychological Services website at:http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/ser/index.aspx.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the Manuscript Submission Web Portal as described on the journal’s website, here:http://www.jbo.com/jbo3/submissions/dsp_jbo.cfm?journal_code=ser

Please specify in your cover letter that the submission is intended for the special section on telehealth, telepsychology and technology and address your letter to Dr. Lisa Kearney. All papers submitted will be initially screened by the editorial board and then sent out for blind peer review, if evaluated as appropriate for the journal. For
further questions related to this special section, please contact Dr. Kearney at lisa.kearney3@va.gov.

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