Call for Papers: The Journal of Pediatric Psychology

October 14, 2008

Submission Deadline: January 12, 2009

The Journal of Pediatric Psychology requests papers for a special issue on health care transitions of A/YA's with pediatric chronic health conditions. This issue will address the critical issues surrounding health care transitions for adolescents and young adults (A/YA).

The goals of the special issue are to promote the development and refinement of: a) models of transition readiness that include the emotional/social aspects of transition; b) measures/assessment tools that assess readiness for transition; c) methods to study the transition process; d) interventions to prepare for and support the process of transition (e.g., enhancing disease self-management, communication, changing negative beliefs, barriers to adherence); and 4) multi-disciplinary clinical models of transition preparation.

Of particular interest is research that addresses systems issues (e.g., patient, providers, families, health care system) related to transition and transfer to adult care; disease, functional, and psychosocial outcomes of transfer; risk and resiliency factors related to successful transition; prospective studies of the psychological outcomes of young adults with chronic health conditions who have made the transition to adult health care; and examination of provider practice in the transition of patients. Submissions may employ a wide range of methodologies and designs including case, descriptive, prospective, and intervention studies.

The deadline for receipt of manuscripts is January 12, 2009. Manuscripts should be written in APA format, following the guidelines of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Inquiries regarding potential topics may be directed to Lisa Schwartz ( and Ahna Pai (

Posted at the request of:
Ahna L.H. Pai, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Center for the Promotion of Adherence and Self-Management
Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 7039
Cincinnati, OH 45229