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, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (AJO) reflects the Alliance’s goal of informing policy, practice, and research concerning behavioral health, social justice, and well-being. Consistent with that mission, the journal publishes articles that clarify, challenge, or reshape the prevailing understanding of factors in the prevention and correction of injustice and in the sustainable development of a humane and just society. 

What's in the current issue of AJO

  • Lui, P. P. (2019). Rethinking the acculturation gap-distress theory among Asian Americans: Testing bidirectional indirect relations. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 627–639.
  • Sánchez-Sandoval, Y., & Melero, S. (2019). Psychological adjustment in Spanish young adult domestic adoptees: Mental health and licit substance consumption. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 640–653.
  • Band-Winterstein, T., Edelstein, O. E., & Bachner, Y. G. (2019). Correlates of depression in caregivers of Ultra-Orthodox frail older adults. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 654–664.
  • Shaw, S. A., Ward, K. P., Pillai, V., & Hinton, D. E. (2019). A group mental health randomized controlled trial for female refugees in Malaysia. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 665–674.
  • Blosnich, J. R., Cassese, E. C., Friedman, M. R., Coulter, R. W. S., Sang, J. M., Matthews, D. D., & Mair, C. (2019). Religious freedom restoration acts and sexual minority population health in the United States. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 675–681.
  • Gross-Manos, D., Haas, B. M., Richter, F., Crampton, D., Korbin, J. E., Coulton, C. J., & Spilsbury, J. C. (2019). Two sides of the same neighborhood? Multilevel analysis of residents’ and child-welfare workers’ perspectives on neighborhood social disorder and collective efficacy. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 682–692.
  • Thomas, E. C., Bilger, A., Wilson, A. B., & Draine, J. (2019). Conceptualizing restorative justice for people with mental illnesses leaving prison or jail. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 693–703.
  • Reid, J. A., Baglivio, M. T., Piquero, A. R., Greenwald, M. A., & Epps, N. (2019). No youth left behind to human trafficking: Exploring profiles of risk. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 704–715.
  • Mata-Greve, F., & Torres, L. (2019). Rejection and Latina/o mental health: Intragroup marginalization and intragroup separation. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 716–726.
  • Todd, M., & Teitler, J. (2019). Darker days? Recent trends in depression disparities among U.S. adults. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 727–735. 

What does AJO publish?  

AJO publishes theoretical, policy-analytic, and empirical articles on topics related to the Association’s historic values and themes.  Scholars interested in the topical domains that are within AJO’s scope are encouraged to submit individual manuscripts for consideration.

Contemporary topics in AJO’s topical scope include, but are not limited to, public behavioral health and prevention; institutional reform; causes and solutions to behavioral healthcare disparities; adaption of behavioral health methods to the needs of racial, ethnic, cultural and other minority groups; responses to natural and human-made disasters; immigrants and refugees; underserved behavioral health populations; protection of vulnerable people; and sociocultural dimensions of behavioral health problems.

Submissions are evaluated with respect to the importance and timeliness of the topic, scholarly and methodological rigor, interdisciplinary perspective, and clarity of implications for research, behavioral health practice and administration, and social policy.

Special Sections

AJO occasionally invites leading scholars to edit special sections or issues on topics of particular interest.  These issues usually contain articles solicited by the guest editor, who coordinates initial reviews of the manuscripts that are submitted in response to these invitations.  If you have an idea for a Special Section or issue, contact Jill McLeigh, Symposia Editor.  

Social Innovations

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.  Scholars are welcome to submit articles for Social Innovations.   

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Interested in submitting a manuscript to AJO?

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 
Children's Health, Dallas, TX

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

Elisabeth Backe-Hansen 
Norweigian Institute for Social Research

Ellen Bassuk 
Center For Social Innovation, Needham, MA

Rami Benbenishty 
Bar Ilan University

John Brekke 
University of Southern California

Kendell Coker 
University of New Haven 

Cyleste C. Collins
Cleveland State University

Heather Corliss 
San Diego State University

Christopher F. Drescher 
Augusta University

Amy L. Dworsky 
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

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

Joyce Epstein 
Johns Hopkins University

Eric Evans 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln     

Larry M. Gant
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Virginia Gil-Rivas
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Devon Emerson Hinton
Harvard Medical School

Debra Hope 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Matthew Howard 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Iheoma Iruka 
University of Nebraska

Ryan P. Kilmer 
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Mimi M. Kim
Duke University

Ibrahim Aref Kira 
Center for Cumulative Trauma Studies

Roger Levesque
Indiana University

Terri Lewis
University of Colorado

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 Alaska Anchorage

Virginia Murphy-Berman 
Skidmore College

Kim Oates
University of Sydney

Ellen Olshansky 
University of Southern California

Kenneth Pargament 
Bowling Green State University

Sita G. Patel
Palo Alto University

Gilbert Reyes 
Fielding Graduate University

Stefan E. Schulenberg 
The University of Mississippi

Anna Skosireva 
University of Ottawa

Victor Strasburger 

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Cris Sullivan 
Michigan State University

Tony Tan 
University of South Florida

Martie P. Thompson
Clemson University

Luis Vargas 
University of New Mexico

Weijun Wang
University of Buffalo