American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (AJO) is dedicated to informing public policy and professional practice and to the expansion of knowledge relating to mental health and human development from a multidisciplinary and interprofessional perspective.

As the principal publication of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, AJO reflects the Alliance's purpose:  “to facilitate the generation and exchange of knowledge relevant to the development and implementation of policies and practices consistent with the promotion of mental health and social justice, including the protection of human rights.”  Consistent with that mission, AJO publishes articles that clarify, challenge, or re-shape the prevailing understanding of factors in the prevention and correction of injustice and in the sustainable development of a humane and just society.

AJO publishes theoretical, policy-analytic, and empirical articles on topics related to the Association’s historic values and themes.  In that regard, there are three contexts for selection of manuscripts for publication as articles in AJO.  First and most conventionally, scholars interested in the topical domains that are within AJO’s scope are encouraged to submit individual manuscripts for consideration. Second, AJO occasionally invites leading scholars to edit special sections or issues on topics of particular interest.  Such special features typically contain articles solicited by the guest editor, who coordinates initial reviews of the manuscripts that are submitted in response to these invitations. Third, AJO includes a unique magazine-in-a-journal.  This feature is called Social Innovations and is intended to promote conversation about strategies for establishing new social settings and changing social norms to create more auspicious circumstances for mental health promotion. 

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The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry is published by the American Psychological Association (effective with the 2014 volume).  For more information about the scope of the journal, criteria and procedures for selection of manuscripts for publication, manuscript submission instructions and editorial policies, please review the Instructions to Authors.  We invite authors to visit the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry manuscript submission site to learn about current editorial policies for AJO and to submit manuscripts for publication.

If you have questions about a manuscript that has been submitted or that you are interested in submitting, please contact Dr. Jill McLeigh. 


Symposia Editor

Jill D. McLeigh 
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Articles Editor

William D. Spaulding 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Senior Editors

Oscar A. Barbarin 
University of Maryland, College Park

Gary B. Melton 
University of Colorado School of Medicine and University of Virginia

Editorial Assistant

Sharon Crout 
Clemson University

Editorial Board

Howard Adelman 
University of California at Los Angeles

Mona Amer 
American University in Cairo

Elisabeth Backe-Hansen 
Norweigian Institute for Social Research

Ellen Bassuk 
Center For Social Innovation, Needham, MA

Asher Ben-Arieh 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rami Benbenishty 
Bar Ilan University

John Brekke 
University of Southern California

Kendell Coker 
New Haven University       

Heather Corliss 
San Diego State University

Jaap Doek 
Leiden University

Howard Dubowitz 
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Felton Earls 
Harvard University

Eric Elbogen 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Joyce Epstein 
Johns Hopkins University

Eric Evans 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln                           

Thomas Farmer 
Virginia Commonwealth University  

Frederick Frese
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Jim Garbarino 
Loyola University of Chicago

Mati Heidmets 
Tallinn University 

Debra Hope 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Matthew Howard 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Iheoma Iruka 
University of Nebraska

Ryan Kilmer 
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Ibrahim Aref Kira 
Center for Cumulative Trauma Studies

Jill Korbin 
Case Western Reserve University

Roger Levesque 
Indiana University

Nancy Liu 
University of California, Berkeley

Bob Lonne 
University of New England

Brinton Lykes 
Boston College

Kathryn Magruder 
Medical University of South Carolina

Michael McCart 
Oregon Social Learning Center

James McDonell
Clemson University

David Moxley 
University of Oklahoma

Virginia Murphy-Berman 
Skidmore College

Kim Oates
University of Sydney

Ellen Olshansky 
University of Southern California

Kenneth Pargament 
Bowling Green State University

David Penn 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gilbert Reyes 
Fielding Graduate University

Jack Saul 
The New School for Social Research

Stefan E. Schulenberg 
The University of Mississippi

Anna Skosireva 
University of Ottawa

Carlos Sluzki 
George Washington University

Victor Strasburger 

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Cris Sullivan 
Michigan State University

Tony Tan 
University of South Florida

Luis Vargas 
University of New Mexico

Nancy Wolff 
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey