Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (2023)

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (1)

Editor: Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, DHL, ABPP

ISSN: 0969-5893

eISSN: 1468-2850

Published: quarterly, beginning in 2021

Impact Factor: 6.333

Psychology - Clinical: 17 of 130

5-Year Impact Factor: 9.243

Journal scope statement

To be published by APA beginning in 2021, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice presents cutting-edge developments in the science and practice of clinical psychology and related mental health fields. This is accomplished by publishing scholarly articles, primarily involving narrative and systematic reviews, as well as meta-analyses, related to assessment, intervention, and service delivery. The journal also publishes invited commentaries that provide additional perspectives regarding the topics of such reviews. It is the official publication of APA Division 12, the Society of Clinical Psychology.

The journal publishes papers from all theoretical perspectives in clinical psychology and considers all methods and approaches to research. Manuscripts covering theory, psychopathology, assessment, psychotherapy, process research, outcome research, professional issues, service delivery, education, and training, related ethical issues, and similar topics are appropriate for the journal.

On occasion, empirical papers (e.g., surveys) primarily concerned with broad education and/or clinical research are published if directly related to the society's mission and projects. However, papers describing individual research studies or investigations are generally not considered for peer review. Theoretical/clinical descriptions without a sound empirical basis are also not appropriate for the journal. If unsure, authors are encouraged to directly contact the editor-in-chief.

Manuscripts are expected to conclude with a clear summary of what is known on the topic, as well as a section on the concrete and practical application of that knowledge in clinical practice. The journal is always seeking suggestions for special issues or sections that contain articles related to a similar topic.

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice welcomes submissions. Please refer to the submission guidelines section for details on types of submissions and editorial requirements.

Disclaimer: APA and the editors of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice assume no responsibility for statements and opinions advanced by the authors of its articles.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice supports equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in its practices. More information on these initiatives is available under EDI Efforts.

Journal highlights


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Editor Spotlight

  • Read an interview with Editor Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, DHL, ABPP
  • Submission Guidelines
  • Editorial Board
  • Abstracting & Indexing
  • EDI Efforts

Submission Guidelines

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


CPSP will begin publishing with APA in 2021 and is now processing papers using Editorial Manager.

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association using the 7th edition. Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 5 of the Publication Manual). APA Style and Grammar Guidelines for the 7th edition are available.

Submit Manuscript

General correspondence may be directed to the editorial office via email.

Masked review

This journal uses a masked reviewing system for all submissions. The first page of the manuscript should omit the authors' names and affiliations but should include the title of the manuscript and the date it is submitted.

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Footnotes containing information pertaining to the authors' identities or affiliations should not be included in the manuscript but may be provided after a manuscript is accepted.

Make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors' identities.

Please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss.

Cover letter

The cover letter accompanying the manuscript submission must include all authors' names and affiliations to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review process. Addresses and phone numbers, as well as electronic mail addresses and fax numbers, if available, should be provided for all authors for possible use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

Manuscript format and preparation

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. APA Style and Grammar Guidelines for the 7th edition are available.

Review APA's Journal Manuscript Preparation Guidelines before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual. Instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables appear at the end of these submission instructions.

Additional guidance on APA Style is available on the APA Style website.

Authors who think that their submission may benefit from additional academic writing or language editing should seek out such services at their host institutions, engage with colleagues and subject matter experts, and/or consider several vendors that offer discounts to APA authors.

Please note that APA does not endorse or take responsibility for the service providers listed. It is strictly a referral service.

Use of such service is not required for publication in an APA journal and does not guarantee selection for peer review, manuscript acceptance, or preference for publication.

Page limits

There is no word count, but the maximum page limit is 50 pages, double spaced, including all references, figures, and tables.

Author contribution statements using CRediT

The APA Publication Manual (7th ed.) stipulates that "authorship encompasses…not only persons who do the writing but also those who have made substantial scientific contributions to a study." In the spirit of transparency and openness, CP:SP has adopted the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) to describe each author's individual contributions to the work. CRediT offers authors the opportunity to share an accurate and detailed description of their diverse contributions to a manuscript.

Submitting authors will be asked to identify the contributions of all authors at initial submission according to this taxonomy. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the CRediT designations will be published as an author contributions statement in the author note of the final article. All authors should have reviewed and agreed to their individual contribution(s) before submission.

CRediT includes 14 contributor roles, as described below:

  • Conceptualization: Ideas; formulation or evolution of overarching research goals and aims.
  • Data curation: Management activities to annotate (produce metadata), scrub data and maintain research data (including software code, where it is necessary for interpreting the data itself) for initial use and later re-use.
  • Formal analysis: Application of statistical, mathematical, computational, or other formal techniques to analyze or synthesize study data.
  • Funding acquisition: Acquisition of the financial support for the project leading to this publication.
  • Investigation: Conducting a research and investigation process, specifically performing the experiments, or data/evidence collection.
  • Methodology: Development or design of methodology; creation of models.
  • Project administration: Management and coordination responsibility for the research activity planning and execution.
  • Resources: Provision of study materials, reagents, materials, patients, laboratory samples, animals, instrumentation, computing resources, or other analysis tools.
  • Software: Programming, software development; designing computer programs; implementation of the computer code and supporting algorithms; testing of existing code components.
  • Supervision: Oversight and leadership responsibility for the research activity planning and execution, including mentorship external to the core team.
  • Validation: Verification, whether as a part of the activity or separate, of the overall replication/reproducibility of results/experiments and other research outputs.
  • Visualization: Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically visualization/data presentation.
  • Writing — original draft: Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically writing the initial draft (including substantive translation).
  • Writing — review and editing: Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work by those from the original research group, specifically critical review, commentary or revision: including pre- or post-publication stages.

Authors can claim credit for more than one contributor role, and the same role can be attributed to more than one author.

Abstract and keywords

Manuscripts of regular articles are to be accompanied by an abstract, on a separate page after the title page, containing a maximum of 960 characters and spaces (which is approximately 120 words), followed by three to six keywords.

Public health significance statements

CPSP publishes public health significance statements for each article (not the commentaries). These are designed to increase dissemination and usage by larger and diverse audiences, such as other health professionals and the lay public.

These 2-3 sentence statements should be user-friendly and geared to be informative and useful for all types of readers. They would include a basic message regarding the importance of the paper’s topic and the essential findings with regard to public health issues. If the manuscript is accepted for publication the statements will be boxed on the first page of the article, beneath the abstract, for immediate recognition.

Authors should include such statements on the abstract page below the keywords. Please refer to the Guidance for Translational Abstracts and Public Significance Statements page to help you write this text.

Openness and transparency

Financial support

Authors should state all sources of financial support for the conduct of the research (e.g., This research was supported by Award XX from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development) in the author note. If the funding source was involved in any other aspects of the research (e.g., study design, analysis, interpretation, writing), then clearly state the role. If the funding source had no other involvement other than financial support, then authors should state that the funding source had no other role other than financial support.

Conflict of interest

Authors should also provide a conflict of interest statement in the author note disclosing any real or potentially perceived conflict(s) of interest, including financial, personal, or other relationships with other organizations or companies that may inappropriately impact or influence the research and interpretation of the findings. Authors are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships between themselves, their families, and others that might be perceived by readers as biasing their work. To prevent ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist.

Preprints and preprint servers

This journal will consider for review articles previously available as preprints on non-commercial servers such as ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, SocArXiv, engrXiv, etc. Authors may also post the submitted version of their manuscript to non-commercial servers at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

Data sharing and data accessibility

CPSP encourages authors to share the data and other artifacts supporting the results in the paper by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors should include a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used or otherwise providing the ethical or legal reasons for not sharing the data. The data availability statement should be included in the author note and in the method section.

As part of APA's ongoing efforts to increase transparency and collaboration in scientific research, our journal now offers authors the option of depositing their data into APA's own repository hosted by the Center for Open Science. This repository will help researchers work on a project privately, with collaborators, or allow them to make parts of or their entire project publicly accessible. The repository will store and archive research data, protocols, and materials, with data being made open once it is published in an APA journal. If you choose to submit your data to the repository, please include the dataset's OSF link as part of your author note, and include the data citation in your reference list.

Authors can also consult the global registry of research data repositoriesto help them identify registered and certified repositories relevant to their subject areas.


Preregistration of studies and analysis plans can be useful for distinguishing confirmatory and exploratory analyses. CPSP encourages authors, particularly those submitting manuscripts that report results of a clinical trial, to preregister their studies and analysis plans prior to conducting the research (e.g., Open Science Framework,, If any aspect of the study is preregistered, include the registry link in the author note and the method section.

Journal Article Reporting Standards

Authors are to adhere to the APA Style Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. Updated in 2018, the standards offer ways to improve transparency in reporting to ensure that readers have the information necessary to evaluate the quality of the research and to facilitate collaboration and replication. The new JARS:

  • Recommend the division of hypotheses, analyses, and conclusions into primary, secondary, and exploratory groupings to allow for a full understanding of quantitative analyses presented in a manuscript and to enhance reproducibility;
  • Offer modules for authors reporting on N-of-1 designs, replications, clinical trials, longitudinal studies, and observational studies, as well as the analytic methods of structural equation modeling and Bayesian analysis;
  • Include guidelines on reporting on registration (including making protocols public); participant characteristics, including demographic characteristics; inclusion and exclusion criteria; psychometric characteristics of outcome measures and other variables; and planned data diagnostics and analytic strategy.

JARS-Qual are of use to researchers using qualitative methods like narrative, grounded theory, phenomenological, critical, discursive, performative, ethnographic, consensual qualitative, case study, psychobiography, and thematic analysis approaches. The guidelines focus on transparency in quantitative and mixed methods reporting, recommending descriptions of how the researcher's own perspective affected the study as well as the contexts in which the research and analysis took place.

Clinical trials must be reported using the APA Style JARS for quantitative research (JARS-Quant). See theJARs Quant Table for an overview of these standards for studies involving clinical trials.

Participant description

Authors of empirical papers must include a detailed description of the study participants in the Author Note and the Method section of the article, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Nativity or immigration history
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Clinical diagnoses and comorbidities (as appropriate)
  • Any other relevant demographics (e.g., sexual orientation).

Both review and empirical submissions must include a generalizability statement in the Discussion section, outlining the generalizability of the findings.

Invited commentaries

Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the editor-in-chief will invite 2-3 individuals to submit brief commentaries that target 2-3 important and high-level issues related to the review (see recent issues of the journal for examples). These commentaries are also peer-reviewed. The original paper and the commentaries are published simultaneously. These commentaries are by invitation only.

Submitting supplemental materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the APA PsycArticles® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the references section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

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Journal article

McCauley, S. M., & Christiansen, M. H. (2019). Language learning as language use: A cross-linguistic model of child language development. Psychological Review, 126(1), 1–51.

Authored book

Brown, L. S. (2018). Feminist therapy (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.

Chapter in an edited book

Balsam, K. F., Martell, C. R., Jones. K. P., & Safren, S. A. (2019). Affirmative cognitive behavior therapy with sexual and gender minority people. In G. Y. Iwamasa & P. A. Hays (Eds.), Culturally responsive cognitive behavior therapy: Practice and supervision (2nd ed., pp. 287–314). American Psychological Association.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

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Publication policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

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Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

  • For manuscripts not funded by the Wellcome Trust or the Research Councils UK
    Publication Rights (Copyright Transfer) Form (PDF, 83KB)
  • For manuscripts funded by the Wellcome Trust or the Research Councils UK
    Wellcome Trust or Research Councils UK Publication Rights Form (PDF, 34KB)

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

CPSP publishes scholarly reviews as well as meta-analyses related to assessment, intervention, and service delivery. Given that CPSP only rarely publishes empirical studies, when submitting such a study, the following ethical guidelines must be followed:

  • When reporting experiments on human participants, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. Authors should not use participants’ names, initials, or any other identifying numbers (such as social security numbers), especially in illustrative material.
  • When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the authors followed their institution's guidelines or a national research council's guidelines for, or any national law on, the care and use of laboratory animals.
  • A statement describing explicitly the ethical background to the studies being reported should be included in all manuscripts in the methods section. Ethics committee or institutional review board approval should be stated in that section.

Participant privacy and informed consent

If reporting on empirical data involving human participants, these individuals have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. No identifying information should be included in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the individual (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Identifying details must be omitted if they are not essential but essential empirical data should never be altered or falsified in an attempt to attain anonymity. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. Empirical manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the research was undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each participant (or the participant’s representative, if they lack capacity).

Articles that draw upon previously-published empirical literature (meta-analyses) do not need to have undergone review by the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional). In these instances, authors are expected to include a complete listing of all empirical studies that were included in the analyses, including citation, relevant details of the methodology, and a brief synopsis of the findings that are included in the review. In cases where space constraints are of concern, this information may be included as online supplemental material.

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

  • Download Certification of Compliance With APA Ethical Principles Form (PDF, 26KB)

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

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Editorial Board


Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, DHL, ABPP
Drexel University

Associate editors

Katie Aafjes-van Doorn, PhD
Yeshiva University

Gregory Hinrichsen, PhD, ABPP
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Kelly McClure, PhD
LaSalle University

Editorial board

Tahirah Abdullah, PhD
University of Massachusetts-Boston

Jacques P. Barber, PhD, ABPP
Adelphi University

David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP
Boston University

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP
Loyola University

Sherry Ann Beaudreau, PhD, ABPP
VA Palo Alto Health Care System/Stanford University School of Medicine

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J. Gayle Beck, PhD
University of Memphis

Guillermo Bernal, PhD
University of Puerto Rico

Lisa A. Brenner, PhD, ABPP
University of Colorado

Timothy A. Brown. PsyD
Boston University

Zeeshan Butt, PhD
Northwestern University

Janet Carlson, PhD
University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Leonidas Castro-Camacho, PhD, ABPP
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Edward C. Chang, PhD
University of Michigan

Tammy Chung, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Jonathan Comer, PhD
Florida International University

Scott Compton, PhD
Duke University School of Medicine

Rosalie Corona, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University

Janis Crowther, PhD
Kent State University

Pim Cuijpers, PhD
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP
Drexel University

David J. A. Dozois, PhD, CPsych
University of Western Ontario, Canada

Changming Duan, PhD
University of Kansas

Erin Emery-Tiburcio, PhD, ABPP
Rush University

John Fairbank, PhD
Duke University, VA Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (VISN 6 MIRECC)

David Fedele, PhD, ABPP
University of Florida

Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Marvin Goldfried, PhD
Stony Brook University

Sherryl H. Goodman, PhD
Emory University

DeMond Grant, PhD
Oklahoma State University

Leslie Greenberg, PhD
York University

Carolyn J. Greene, PhD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Carlos Grilo, PhD
Yale University

Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, ABPP
Drexel University

Stefan Hofmann, PhD
Boston University

Martin Iguchi, PhD
University of California-Los Angeles and Rand Corporation

Rick Ingram, PhD
University of Kansas

Gayle Y. Iwamasa, PhD, HSPP
Department of Veterans Affairs, VHA Central Office

Michele Karel, PhD, ABPP
VA Central Office

Philip Kendall, PhD, ABPP
Temple University

David J. Kolko, PhD, ABPP
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Jasmín Llamas, PhD
Santa Clara University

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Marguerita Lightfoot, PhD
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Brian Marx, PhD
VA, National Center for PTSD, Boston

Evan Mayo-Wilson, MPA, DPhil
Indiana University School of Public Health

John McQuaid, PhD
San Francisco VA Health Care System

Michelle Mlinac, PsyD, ABPP
VA Boston Healthcare System/Harvard Medical School

Victor Molinari, PhD, ABPP
University of South Florida

Laura Mufson, PhD
Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute

J. Christopher Muran, PhD
Adelphi University

Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP
Drexel University

Tracy Neal-Walden, PhD
Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals

Daniel O'Leary, PhD
Stony Brook University

Bunmi O. Olatunji, PhD
Vanderbilt University

Susan Orsillo, PhD
Suffolk University

Mitchell Prinstein, PhD, ABPP
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michael Roberts, PhD, ABPP
University of Kansas

Francisco J. Sánchez, PhD
University of Missouri

Craig N. Sawchuk, PhD, ABPP
Mayo Clinic

Karen B. Schmaling, PhD
Washington State University

Erin Sheets, PhD
Colby College

Wendy Silverman, PhD, ABPP
Yale University

Linda Sobell, PhD, ABPP
Nova Southeastern University

Megan Spokas, PhD
La Salle University

George Striker, PhD
Argosy University

Vincenzo G. Terán, PsyD
Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Managing editor

Jenna Damico, BS
Drexel University

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice

  • Academic OneFile (GALE Cengage)
  • Academic Search (EBSCO Publishing)
  • Academic Search Alumni Edition (EBSCO Publishing)
  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO Publishing)
  • Biological Science Database (ProQuest)
  • Biotechnology Source (EBSCO Publishing)
  • Clinician's Research Digest (APA)
  • Current Contents: Social & Behavioral Sciences (Clarivate Analytics)
  • Health & Medical Collection (ProQuest)
  • Health Research Premium Collection (ProQuest)
  • Hospital Premium Collection (ProQuest)
  • InfoTrac (GALE Cengage)
  • Journal Citation Reports: Social Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics)
  • Natural Science Collection (ProQuest)
  • ProQuest Central (ProQuest)
  • ProQuest Central K-113
  • Proquest Pharma Collection (ProQuest)
  • Psychology Collection (GALE Cengage)
  • Psychology Database (ProQuest)
  • APA PsycInfo (APA)
  • Research Library (ProQuest)
  • Research Library Prep (ProQuest)
  • SciTech Premium Collection (ProQuest)
  • SCOPUS (Elsevier)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics)
  • STM Source (EBSCO Publishing)
  • Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics)

EDI Efforts

Journal equity, diversity, and inclusion statement

Although we encourage diversity among the editorial board, among submissions, and with regard to authors, we currently do not have a formal statement. We are, however, in the process of developing one.

Inclusive study designs

  • Collaborative research models
  • Diverse samples
  • Registered Reports

Definitions and further details on inclusive study designs are available on the Journals EDI homepage.

Inclusive reporting standards

  • Bias-free language and community-driven language guidelines (required)
  • Author contribution roles using CRediT (required)
  • Data sharing and data availability statements (recommended)
  • Impact statements (required)
  • Participant sample descriptions (required)

More information on this journal’s reporting standards is listed under the submission guidelines tab.

Other EDI offerings

Masked peer review

This journal offers masked peer review (where both the authors’ and reviewers’ identities are not known to the other). Research has shown that masked peer review can help reduce implicit bias against traditionally female names or early-career scientists with smaller publication records (Budden et al., 2008; Darling, 2015).

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How hard is it to get into clinical psychology? ›

Admission to Ph. D. programs in clinical psychology is very competitive. Ratios of 300 applicants to 8 positions are common (though perhaps 10-15 people would have to be accepted to fill the 8 slots; some who are accepted decide to go elsewhere, or enter a different kind of graduate or professional program ).

Why is science important in clinical psychology? ›

Scientific research is relevant to clinical practice because it provides detailed and accurate knowledge about psychological problems and establishes whether treatments are effective.

Is Clinical Psychology Science and Practice peer-reviewed? ›

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice is a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering clinical psychology.

Is it hard to get into grad school for psychology? ›

Since psychology is a popular major, admissions for graduate study in psychology can be highly competitive. Having strong academic qualifications—such as a higher GPA and a competitive GRE score—could be one aspect of a stronger application. Many psychology grad programs also require relevant work experience.

Is a PhD in clinical psychology worth it? ›

Earning your doctoral degree in psychology provides you with many job opportunities and a shot at earning a top salary in the field. It is a worthy educational goal that can “result a high level of personal and professional satisfaction.

Is clinical psychology more competitive than medical school? ›

All Clinical psychology doctoral programs are highly competitive (many are harder to get into than medical school) and the admission process is rigorous.

What is the scientific focus of clinical psychology? ›

The specialty of clinical psychology addresses behavioral and mental health issues faced by individuals across the lifespan including: Adjustment issues and traumatic stress reactions. Emotional and psychological problems, including serious mental illness and crisis intervention.

Is clinical psychology a science? ›

Clinical psychology is an integration of social science, theory, and clinical knowledge for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development.

What scientific methods do clinical psychologists use? ›

Psychologists employ the scientific method — stating the question, offering a theory and then constructing rigorous laboratory or field experiments to test the hypothesis. Psychologists apply the understanding gleaned through research to create evidence-based strategies that solve problems and improve lives.

What GPA do I need for clinical psychology? ›

A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Applicants who possess a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a field other than psychology must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

What GPA do I need for PhD in psychology? ›

The mean of successful applicants to PhD programs in psychology, on the 4.0 scale, is 3.6 overall and 3.7 in psychology courses; for Master's programs it is 3.4 overall and 3.5 in psychology courses. The GPA should be, at minimum , typically 3.0 or higher.

Is becoming a clinical psychologist worth it? ›

Fortunately, clinical psychology pays well. Most college students leave school with the expectation and hope of earning an annual between $50,000‒60,000. However, most first-year clinicians begin with a salary of $100,000.

Is Clinical Psychological Science a good journal? ›

Clinical Psychological Science is a journal covering the technologies/fields/categories related to Clinical Psychology (Q1). It is published by SAGE Publications Inc.. The overall rank of Clinical Psychological Science is 836. According to SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), this journal is ranked 2.507.

Is Psychological Medicine peer-reviewed? ›

Psychological Medicine is a peer-reviewed medical journal in the field of psychiatry and related aspects of psychology and basic sciences. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2020 impact factor of 7.723.

Is depression and anxiety journal peer-reviewed? ›

Anxiety and Depression Journal is an international, scholarly peer-reviewed, online open access journal publishing novel fundamental and applied research related to all aspects of Anxiety and Depression.

Can a psychologist use the title doctor? ›

If they have a Doctorate (PhD) a psychologist can call themselves 'Dr', but they are not medical doctors. Clinical psychologists have special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

Who makes more money PhD or PsyD? ›

Both are usually highly respected. A PhD is typically viewed as a research-oriented degree. A PsyD is typically viewed as an appropriate degree for someone with clinical aspirations.
Doctoral Psychology Careers & Salaries.
CareersAnnual Median Salary
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Which is better PsyD or PhD? ›

The PsyD degree focuses more on hands-on clinical training along with research whereas the PhD degree focuses more on the research aspect. While both prepare you for promising careers in psychology, a PsyD degree positions you well for "in the field" careers, such as a clinical psychologist.

Is clinical psychology harder to get into than medical school? ›

the most competitive application process in the entire graduate education system within the United States! A smaller percentage of applicants gain admission to clinical psychology doctoral (Ph. D.) programs than to law school, medical school, or any other type of advanced graduate degree program…

How many years does it take to become a clinical psychologist in America? ›

To become a clinical psychologist, it'll take eight to thirteen years of schooling before you are certified and practicing—four to six years in college for undergraduate programs, and four to seven years of graduate school for a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

How do I prepare for clinical psychology? ›

To work as a psychologist, you typically need to:
  1. have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  2. have a bachelor's degree;
  3. have at least a master's degree in psychology;
  4. complete an internship if you do counseling; and.
  5. pass a licensing exam if you do counseling.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a clinical psychologist? ›

A typical distinction is that general psychologists focus on healthier people, while clinical psychologists focus on people with more serious mental health issues.

Can a clinical psychologist diagnose? ›

Psychologists hold a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or another specialty such as counseling or education. They are trained to evaluate a person's mental health using clinical interviews, psychological evaluations and testing. They can make diagnoses and provide individual and group therapy.

What is unique about clinical psychology? ›

Clinical Psychologists are unique in that we are trained to a high level in more than one therapeutic approach, allowing us to tailor therapy to your unique needs, hopes and goals using methods that have been well researched.

Is clinical psychology an art or science? ›

PF: Psychology is a combination of science and art, just as medicine is; although most people think medicine is more science than art. Remember, it's called "the medical arts." We do have scientific experiments to support much of what we do in our practice and research is constantly refining and updating what we know.

What is a clinical psychologist salary? ›

Average R 14 805 per month.

Which course is best for clinical psychology? ›

Top Diploma and PG Diploma courses in India include Psychological Medicine, Applied Psychology, PGD in Counselling Psychology. Offered by many Colleges and Universities and can be of 1-2 years of duration.

What are the 5 steps of the scientific method in psychology? ›

Here are the five steps.
  • Define a Question to Investigate. As scientists conduct their research, they make observations and collect data. ...
  • Make Predictions. Based on their research and observations, scientists will often come up with a hypothesis. ...
  • Gather Data. ...
  • Analyze the Data. ...
  • Draw Conclusions.

Is psychology easy to study? ›

Psychology is one of the more difficult degrees and many of your assignments will require you to cite your sources and will require you to back up a lot of the arguments that you have.

Can clinical psychologists do research? ›

Clinical psychology trainees are required to produce a substantial and original piece of clinically‐relevant research as part of their training qualification.

Can I do PsyD without a Masters? ›

Yes! The PsyD in Clinical Psychology program does not require a master's degree for admission. In 2021, approximately 67% of the incoming clinical psychology students did not report a graduate GPA in their application.

How hard is it to get a PhD in psychology? ›

Admission to PhD programs in clinical psychology is very competitive. Ratios of 300 applicants to 8 positions are common (though perhaps 10-15 people would have to be accepted to fill the 8 slots; some who are accepted decide to go elsewhere, or enter a different kind of graduate or professional program ).

Can I get a PhD in psychology without a Masters? ›

Yes, it's possible to get a PhD without first having a Masters degree. The conventional route for someone who earns a PhD is to pursue a Bachelor's degree, followed by a Masters degree and then a PhD.

What is the highest degree you can get in psychology? ›

A doctoral degree is the highest level of education in the field of psychology. These degrees make you eligible to work without supervision and with the legal title of psychologist. Depending on the degree you choose, earning a doctorate in psychology could take anywhere from 4 to 8 years.

How long does it take to get a PhD in clinical psychology? ›

Ph. D. in psychology programs take between five to seven years to complete, and typically include one year-long internship. These programs sometimes admit fewer students, as they tend to offer more funding opportunities.

What is a good psychology major GPA? ›

According to the APA, the median GPA for applicants accepted into master's degree programs is roughly 3.5; doctoral programs 3.65.

What are the disadvantages of being a clinical psychologist? ›

Some people are better able to cope with certain issues, while others will find them to be more of a struggle.
  • Dealing With Insurance and Billing Issues Can Be a Hassle. ...
  • Setting up Your Own Practice Can Be Challenging. ...
  • Dealing With Clients on a Daily Basis Can Be Emotionally Draining.
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Is it too late to become a psychologist at 40? ›

Yes, you can become a psychologist at 40. Of course, starting at 40 will shorten your career. But you can certainly study and practice the profession if you want to. Taking a university degree is an activity suitable for all ages.

Is clinical psychology stressful? ›

Because of the nature of the work, every psychologist is at risk for occupational stress. Over the course of time, the interaction between events in the personal and professional life of a psychologist is certain to create stress, likely distress, and possibly impairment.

How easy is it to become a clinical psychologist? ›

You'll need a first or upper second class degree, and evidence of excellent research skills to apply. You'll also need relevant work experience. If you have a degree in a different subject, you may be able to complete an approved psychology conversion course.

Are clinical psychology programs competitive? ›

Admission to PhD programs in clinical psychology is very competitive.

Do clinical psychologists get paid well? ›

In addition, they often offer their services through private practice as well, thereby increasing the scope of their earnings. A clinical psychologist makes on average ₹355,326 per year.

How hard is it to become a clinical psychologist UK? ›

The competition to become a Clinical Psychologist is fierce. In the UK, the constituent parts of the training are a three-year undergraduate degree which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a three-year taught Clinical Psychology doctorate.

What is a clinical psychologist salary? ›

Average R 14 805 per month.

How many years does it take to be a clinical psychologist? ›

Education for Clinical Psychologists

The education requirements to become a clinical psychologist include an undergraduate degree and a doctorate. However, in many cases, learners complete a master's degree in between. Most students spend between 8-12 years earning their degrees before obtaining licensure.

Can a clinical psychologist diagnose? ›

Psychologists hold a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or another specialty such as counseling or education. They are trained to evaluate a person's mental health using clinical interviews, psychological evaluations and testing. They can make diagnoses and provide individual and group therapy.

What makes a good candidate for clinical psychology? ›

Clinical psychologists need to possess in-depth knowledge of emotional and behavioral disorders and psychological theories. They need to be able to apply that knowledge alongside their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help identify, diagnose and treat behavioral, emotional or psychiatric conditions.

Is becoming a clinical psychologist worth it? ›

Fortunately, clinical psychology pays well. Most college students leave school with the expectation and hope of earning an annual between $50,000‒60,000. However, most first-year clinicians begin with a salary of $100,000.

How do I prepare for clinical psychology? ›

To work as a psychologist, you typically need to:
  1. have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  2. have a bachelor's degree;
  3. have at least a master's degree in psychology;
  4. complete an internship if you do counseling; and.
  5. pass a licensing exam if you do counseling.

Who is the highest paid psychologist? ›

Psychiatrists prescribe medications for patients with mental illnesses. Psychiatrist positions are by far the highest-paying jobs for psychology majors. The average salary is $217,798, according to PayScale. A psychiatrist should be licensed as a board-certified psychologist.

Are clinical psychologists doctors? ›

Registered Clinical Psychologists must have completed an undergraduate degree in psychology (3 years) plus a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (3 years). It is usual to have also completed approximately 2-3 years of postgraduate clinical experience before entering the doctorate course.

Who Earns More psychologist or psychiatrist? ›

Psychiatrists tend to make more money since they earn a medical doctorate degree, whereas a psychologist earns a doctorate degree and doesn't complete medical school.

How much does an NHS psychologist earn? ›

The typical NHS Clinical Psychologist salary is £52,185 per year. Clinical Psychologist salaries at NHS can range from £25,724 - £88,040 per year.

What's the highest paying psychology job UK? ›

Like USA, Industrial- Organizational psychologist is one of highest paid career path in psychology in United kingdom. They help to enhance and improve the work efficacy, communication and work towards betterment of workplace in the organization.

Can a psychotherapist become a clinical psychologist? ›

A psychotherapist may be a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional, who has had further specialist training in psychotherapy.


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