March 18, 2010

APA Announces Publication of a New Journal: Psychology of Violence

The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced that it will begin publishing the journal Psychology of Violence in 2011. This new journal is now soliciting submissions of research-based articles. Psychology of Violence, to be published quarterly, will be a multidisciplinary research journal devoted to violence and extreme aggression—including identifying the causes of violence from a psychological framework, finding ways to prevent or reduce violence, and developing practical interventions and treatments.

As a multidisciplinary forum, Psychology of Violence recognizes that all forms of violence and aggression are interconnected and require cross-cutting work that incorporates research from psychology, public health, neuroscience, sociology, medicine, and other related behavioral and social sciences. Research areas of interest include sexual violence, youth violence, child maltreatment, bullying, children's exposure to violence, intimate partner violence, suicide, homicide, workplace violence, international violence and prevention efforts.

Psychology of Violence will be edited by Sherry L. Hamby, PhD. Dr. Hamby is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Sewanee, the University of the South. She is well known for her study of the methodological and measurement challenges of violence research and cross-cultural issues in measuring and intervening in violence. She also holds appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. Dr. Hamby is a co-author of the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire—the core of the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, which is the largest survey conducted on youth victimization and the source of the most up-to-date and comprehensive statistics on exposure to family violence. She is also author or co-author of more than fifty other publications on family violence and youth victimization.

According to the editor Dr. Hamby, “It is now recognized that virtually all forms of violence are interconnected, and that the problem of violence often emerges in conjunction with other disordered behaviors such as eating disorders and substance abuse. This journal is an opportunity to promote communication among researchers and providers who study all types of violence and its diverse correlates.”

“This journal will be welcomed by clinicians and researchers alike,” predicts Gary VandenBos, PhD, APA’s Publisher. With the introduction of the new journal, he notes, “cutting-edge research about violence will now get the wider dissemination that it deserves.”

APA will provide publishing services for the print journal and electronic access through PsycARTICLES®, APA's full-text journal articles database. Electronic access will include all articles, beginning with Volume 1, Issue 1, published in the journal. Psychology of Violence will be indexed in PsycINFO®.

More information about the new journal, including information on submitting manuscripts, can be found on the journal’s website.

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the largest association of psychologists in the world. For more than 75 years, the APA Journals Program has been dedicated to advancing psychology as a science and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare by disseminating knowledge through an extensive publishing program.