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The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP)

This is the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53), APA

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ISSN: 1537-4416 (Print), 1537-4424 (Online)
1-Year Impact Factor: 5.014
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The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP) is the official journal for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53), American Psychological Association . It publishes original contributions on the following topics: (a) the development and evaluation of assessment and intervention techniques for use with clinical child and adolescent populations; (b) the development and maintenance of clinical child and adolescent problems; (c) cross-cultural and socio-demographic issues that have a clear bearing on clinical child and adolescent psychology in terms of theory, research, or practice; and (d) training and professional practice in clinical child and adolescent psychology, as well as child advocacy.

Manuscripts that discuss theoretical and/or methodological issues on topics pertinent to clinical child and adolescent psychology also are considered. Authors need not be members of SCCAP to submit articles to JCCAP.

There are several criteria that increase the likelihood that a manuscript will be favorably evaluated in JCCAP: (1) The paper reflects a substantive advance in our understanding of clinical child and adolescent psychology. (2) The paper is of such importance that it likely will influence an area of research. (3) The paper presents new ideas or creative methods. (4) The paper offers theoretically-driven hypotheses. (5) Multiple measures, informants, or procedures are used to collect data. (6) Sophisticated methodologies are carefully employed. (7) Longitudinal methods are used. (8) Data are rigorously and appropriately analyzed. (9) The implications of the findings for clinical child and adolescent psychology are well articulated.

Instructions for Authors

Style of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Typing instructions, including format, organization, and the preparation of figures, tables, and references appear in the Manual. Unsolicited manuscripts may be submitted as Regular Articles or Brief Reports. We also have two invited article series titled Future Directions and Evidence Base Updates. A Regular Article may not exceed 11,000 words (i.e., 35 pages), including references, footnotes, figures, and tables. Brief Reports include empirical research that is soundly designed, but may be of specialized interest or narrow focus. Brief Reports may not be submitted in part or whole to another journal of general circulation. Brief Reports may not exceed 4,500 words for text and references. These limits do not include the title page, abstract, author note, footnotes, tables, and figures. Manuscripts that exceed these page limits and that are not prepared according to the guidelines in the Manual will be returned to authors without review. Future Directions submissions are written by leading scholars within the field. These articles provide a brief summary of important advances that are needed within a specific research or practice area pertinent to clinical child and adolescent psychology. Evidence Base Updates submissions are also written by leading scholars in the field who, for lack of a better term, update the field on the evidence supporting assessment and treatment techniques relevant to clinical work with children and adolescents. Future Directions and Evidence Base Updates submissions are by invitation only and undergo peer review.

All Regular Article and Brief Report submissions must include a title of 15 words or less that identifies the developmental level of the study participants (e.g., children, adolescents, etc.).  JCCAP  uses a structured abstract format. For studies that report randomized clinical trials or meta-analyses, the abstract also must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by CONSORT or MARS, respectively. The Abstract should include up to 250 words, presented in paragraph form. The Abstract should be typed on a separate page (page 2 of the manuscript), and must include each of the following label sections:

1) Objective (i.e., a brief statement of the purpose of the study);
2) Method (i.e., a detailed summary of the participants, N, age, gender, ethnicity, as well as a summary of the study design, measures, and procedures;
3) Results (i.e., a detailed summary of the primary findings that clearly articulate comparison groups (if relevant);
4) Conclusions (i.e., a description of the research and clinical implications of the findings). Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text in the abstract. A list of up to five keywords that describe the central themes of the manuscript should be included below the abstract on page 2. JCCAP will scrutinize manuscripts for a clear theoretical framework that supports central study hypotheses.

In addition, a clear developmental rationale is required for the selection of participants at a specific age. The Journal is making diligent efforts to ensure that there is an appropriately detailed description of the sample, including a) the population from which the sample was drawn; b) the number of participants; c) age, gender, ethnicity, and SES of participants; d) location of sample, including country and community type (rural/urban), e) sample identification/selection; f) how participants were contacted; g) incentives/rewards; h) parent consent/child assent procedures and rates; i) inclusion and exclusion criteria; j) attrition rate. The Discussion section should include a comment regarding the diversity and generality (or lack thereof) of the sample. The Measures section should include details regarding item content and scoring as well as evidence of reliability and validity in similar populations.

All manuscripts must include a discussion of the clinical significance of findings, both in terms of statistical reporting and in the discussion of the meaningfulness and clinical relevance of results. Manuscripts should a) report means and standard deviations for all variables, b) report effect sizes for analyses, and c) provide confidence intervals wherever appropriate (e.g., on figures, in tables), particularly for effect sizes on primary study findings. In addition, when reporting the results of interventions, authors should include indicators of clinically significant change. Authors may use one of several approaches that have been recommended for capturing clinical significance, including (but not limited to) the reliable change index (i.e., whether the amount of change displayed by a treated individual is large enough to be meaningful, the extent to which dysfunctional individuals show movement to the functional distribution).

All manuscripts should conform to the criteria listed in Table 1 of the 2008 APA Publications and Communications Board Working Group on Journal Article Reporting Standards (published in American Psychologist ). These reporting standards apply to all empirical papers. In addition, JCCAP requires that reports of randomized clinical trials conform to CONSORT reporting standards, including the submission of a flow diagram and checklist. Non-randomized clinical trials must conform to TREND criteria and meta-analyses should conform to MARS standards (see Table 4 in 2008 American Psychologist article).

Submitting Manuscripts

JCCAP receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne technical support can be accessed here. If you have any other requests, please contact the journal’s editor, Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D.

Color Reproduction

Color art will be reproduced in color in the online publication at no additional cost to the author. Color illustrations will also be considered for print publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in color art reproduction. Please note that color reprints can only be ordered if print reproduction costs are paid. Print Rates: $900 for the first page of color; $450 per page for the next three pages of color. A custom quote will be provided for articles with more than four pages of color. Art not supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi will not be considered for print.

Proofs and Reprints

Page proofs are sent to the designated author using Taylor & Francis’ Central Article Tracking System (CATS). They must be carefully checked and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online.

Peer Review

A masked review procedure will be used on all submitted manuscripts. To prepare manuscripts for masked review, authors’ names and affiliations should not appear on the title page or elsewhere in the manuscript file (they can be entered into the system and placed on a separate page in the cover letter file). Footnotes identifying the authors should be typed on a separate page and submitted in the cover letter file. Authors should make every effort to ensure that the manuscript file itself contains no clues to their identities. Manuscripts that do not comply with these instructions will be returned to the authors without review.

This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the guide for ScholarOne authors before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

Publication Policies

Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission from copyright owners to use a lengthy quotation (500 words or more) or to reprint or adapt a table or figure published elsewhere. Authors should write to both author(s) and publisher of such material to request nonexclusive world rights in all language for use in print and nonprint forms of the article and in future editions. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). Authors are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.

Open Access

Taylor & Francis Open Select provides authors or their research sponsors and funders with the option of paying a publishing fee and thereby making an article fully and permanently available for free online access – open access – immediately on publication to anyone, anywhere, at any time. This option is made available once an article has been accepted in peer review. Full details of our Open Access program.

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Interested in joining the manuscript review team?

Applications for Editorial Board Ad-Hoc reviewers are considered on an as-needed basis. If you are interested in becoming an Editorial Board Ad Hoc Reviewer send a current CV along with a letter of interest to Barb Myers, Managing Editor,

Editorial Board

Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D. University of Maryland at College Park


Joan Rosenbaum Asarnow, Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Deborah A.G. Drabick, Ph.D. Temple University
Joan L. Luby, M.D. Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis
Armando A. Pina, Ph.D. Arizona State University
Susan W. White, Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Barbara A. Myers Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


Thomas M. Achenbach, Ph.D. University of Vermont
Candice A. Alfano, Ph.D. University of Houston
Robert R. Althoff, M.D., Ph.D. University of Vermont
Marc S. Atkins, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
Randy P. Auerbach, Ph.D., ABPP Columbia University
Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP Florida International University
Kimberly D. Becker, Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Rinad S. Beidas, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP University of Central Florida
Karen L. Bierman, Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University
Boris Birmaher, M.D. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Jessica Borelli, Ph.D. University of California at Irvine
Catherine P. Bradshaw, Ph.D. University of Virginia
David A. Brent, M.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
G. Leonard Burns, Ph.D. Washington State University
Gabrielle A. Carlson, M.D. Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Alice S. Carter, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Boston
Jude Cassidy, Ph.D. University of Maryland at College Park
Timothy A. Cavell, Ph.D. University of Arkansas
Christine B. Cha, Ph.D. Teachers College, Columbia University
Anil Chacko, Ph.D. New York University
Denise A. Chavira, Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Bruce F. Chorpita, Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Ph.D. University of Maryland at College Park
Brian C. Chu, Ph.D. Rutgers University
Jonathan S. Comer, Ph.D. Florida International University
Susan L. Crowley Ph.D, ABPP Utah State University
John F. Curry, Ph.D., ABPP Duke University Medical Center
Mark R. Dadds, Ph.D. University of Sydney
Thompson E. Davis III, Ph.D. Louisiana State University
Gabriel S. Dichter, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Daniel P. Dickstein, M.D. Bradley Hospital/Brown University
Melanie A. Dirks, Ph.D. McGill University
Lea Rose Dougherty, Ph.D. University of Maryland at College Park
Mina K. Dulcan, M.D. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chad K. Ebesutani, Ph.D. Duksung Women’s University
Katherine B. Ehrlich, Ph.D. University of Georgia
Catherine C. Epkins, Ph.D. Texas Tech University
Julia W. Felton, Ph.D. Michigan State University
Erika E. Forbes, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
Stacy L. Frazier, Ph.D. Florida International University
Andrew J. Freeman, Ph.D. University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Paul J. Frick, Ph.D. Louisiana State University
Mary A. Fristad, Ph.D., ABPP The Ohio State University
Michael S. Gaffrey, Ph.D. Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis
Judy Garber, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
Ann F. Garland, Ph.D. University of San Diego
Noni K. Gaylord-Harden, Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago
Brandon E. Gibb, Ph.D. Binghamton University (SUNY)
Golda S. Ginsburg, Ph.D. University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Benjamin I. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Katherine Gotham, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Kathryn Grant, Ph.D. DePaul University
Paulo A. Graziano, Ph.D. Florida International University
Kirstin Greaves-Lord, Ph.D. Erasmus University Medical Center
Benjamin Hankin, Ph.D. University of Illinoisat Urbana-Champaign
Elizabeth Harvey, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Paul D. Hastings, Ph.D. University of California at Davis
David J. Hawes, Ph.D. University of Sydney
Heather A. Henderson, Ph.D. University of Waterloo
Lori M. Hilt, Ph.D. Lawrence University
Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood, Ph.D. New York University School of Medicine
Jennifer L. Hudson, Ph.D. Macquarie University
Kathryn L. Humphreys, Ph.D., Ed.M. Stanford University
Nick Ialongo, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Yo Jackson, Ph.D., ABPP The Pennsylvania State University
Matthew A. Jarrett, Ph.D. University of Alabama
Amanda Jensen-Doss, Ph.D. University of Miami
Charlotte Johnston, Ph.D. University of British Columbia
Ernest N. Jouriles, Ph.D. Southern Methodist University
Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D., ABPP Yale University
Christopher A. Kearney, Ph.D. University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP Temple University
Connor Morrow Kerns, Ph.D. Drexel University
Cheryl A. King, Ph.D., ABPP University of Michigan
Daniel N. Klein, Ph.D. Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Maria Kovacs Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Annette M. La Greca, Ph.D., ABPP University of Miami
Joshua M. Langberg, Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University
Steve S. Lee, Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Matthew D. Lerner, Ph.D. Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Adam B. Lewin, Ph.D., ABPP University of South Florida
Richard T. Liu, Ph.D. Brown Medical School
John E. Lochman, Ph.D., ABPP The University of Alabama
Catherine Lord, Ph.D., ABPP Weill Cornell Medical College
Michelle M. Martel, Ph.D. University of Kentucky
Katie A. McLaughlin, Ph.D. University of Washington
Bryce D. McLeod, Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University
Robert J. McMahon, Ph.D. Simon Fraser University
Amori Yee Mikami, Ph.D. University of British Columbia
Jeanne Miranda, Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Laura Mufson, Ph.D. Columbia University
Erica Musser, Ph.D. Florida International University
Brad J. Nakamura, Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa
Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D. Harvard University
Christine McCauley Ohannessian, Ph.D. University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D., ABBP Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Jamie M. Ostrov., Ph.D. University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Julie Sarno Owens, Ph.D. Ohio University
Dustin A. Pardini, Ph.D. Arizona State University
Tara S. Peris, Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Jeremy Pettit, Ph.D. Florida International University
Daniel S. Pine, M.D. National Institute of Mental Health
Seth D. Pollak, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison
Mitchell J. Prinstein, Ph.D., ABPP University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sarah Jensen Racz, Ph.D. University of Maryland at College Park
Leslie A. Rescorla, Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College
Michael C. Roberts, Ph.D., ABPP University of Kansas
Paul J. Rosen, Ph.D. University of Louisville
Randall T. Salekin, Ph.D. University of Alabama
Jessica L. Schleider, M.A. Harvard University
Sonja K. Schoenwald, Ph.D. Medical University of South Carolina
Edward A. Selby, Ph.D. Rutgers University
Margaret H. Sibley, Ph.D. Florida International University
Jennifer S. Silk, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
Wendy K. Silverman, Ph.D., ABPP Yale University School of Medicine
Valerie A. Simon, Ph.D. Wayne State University
Michael A. Southam-Gerow, Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University
Anthony Spirito, Ph.D., ABPP Brown Medical School
Ric G. Steele, Ph.D., ABPP University of Kansas
Timothy R. Stickle, Ph.D. University of Vermont
Eric A. Storch, Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine
Jenn-Yun Tein, Ph.D Arizona State University
Martha C. Tompson, Ph.D. Boston University
Sheree L. Toth, Ph.D. University of Rochester
Anna Van Meter, Ph.D. Yeshiva University
R. Enrique Varela, Ph.D. Loyola University at New Orleans
Michael W. Vasey, Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Frank C. Verhulst, M.D., Ph.D. Erasmus University Medical Center
Fred R. Volkmar, M.D. Yale University
Martha E. Wadsworth, Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University
John T. Walkup, M.D. Weill Cornell Medical College
Carl Weems, Ph.D. Iowa State University
V. Robin Weersing, Ph.D. San Diego State University
John R. Weisz, Ph.D., ABPP Harvard University
Amy E. West, Ph.D. University of Southern California
Bradley A. White, Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Brian T. Wymbs, Ph.D. Ohio University
Miwa Yasui, Ph.D. University of Chicago
Eric A. Youngstrom, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Janice L. Zeman, Ph.D. College of William and Mary
Bonnie T. Zima, M.D., MPH. University of California at Los Angeles