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Journal of Black Psychology

Journal of Black Psychology

eISSN: 15524558 | ISSN: 00957984 | Current volume: 50 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Bi-monthly
The Journal of Black Psychology has been the leading forum on the psychological study of Black populations for the past 50 years. Founded and sponsored by the Association of Black Psychologists, the Journal of Black Psychology presents the most innovative scholarly research and theory on the behavior of Black and other populations from Black or Afrocentric perspectives. 

The Journal of Black Psychology brings you the latest scholarly discussion on timely and sensitive topics. It provides the empirical, theoretical, and methodological studies you need to stay on top of the rapid developments in knowledge about Black experience and behavior. Since 1974, The Journal of Black Psychology has led and recorded the most outstanding contributions within the field of psychology toward the understanding of the experiences and behavior of Black populations. The journal provides complete and balanced coverage of the field’s latest developments and advances, through original articles and special features such as research briefs, essays, commentary, and book reviews. An international array of distinguished authors brings you original analyses and perspectives covering a wide variety of areas, including: 
  • African-centered psychology
  • Counseling & clinical psychology
  • Psychology of Black children
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Personality
  • Education
  • Health & social behavior
  • Life span & family issues
  • Diversity in African cultures
  • Organizational psychology


The Journal of Black Psychology publishes scholarly contributions within the field of psychology toward the understanding of the experience and behavior of Black populations. This includes reports of empirical research and discussions of the current literature and of original theoretical analyses of data from research studies or programs. Therefore, the Journal publishes work in any of the areas of cognition, personality, social behavior, physiological functioning, child development, education, and clinical application, in addition to empirical research and original theoretical formulations outside traditional boundaries, all integrated by a focus on the domain of Black populations and the objective of scholarly contributions.

Beverly J. Vandiver The Ohio State University, USA
Associate Editors
Bridget Weller Western Michigan University, USA
Sha’Kema Blackmon Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis School of Education, USA
Tawanda M. Greer-Medley Cleveland State University, USA
Kenneth M. Tyler University of Kentucky, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Na'Im Akbar Florida State University, USA
Oscar A. Barbarin University of Michigan (Emeritus)
Faye Z. Belgrave Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Nancy Boyd-Franklin Rutgers University, USA
A. Wade Boykin Howard University, USA
William E. Cross Jr. University of Denver, USA
Janet E. Helms Boston College, USA
James M. Jones University of Delaware, USA
Thomas A. Parham California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA
Margaret Beale Spencer University of Chicago-Illinois, USA
Editorial Consultants
Tahirah Abdullah University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Alex Ajayi Augsburg University, USA
Apryl Alexander University of Denver, USA
Candice Aston Towson University, USA
Germine H. Awad The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Debora R. Baldwin University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA
Samuel T. Beasley Western Michigan University, USA
LaVerne A. Berkel University of Missouri–Kansas City, USA
Donte Boyd University of Houston, USA
Clifford Broman Michigan State University, USA
Danice L. Brown Towson University, USA
Mia Budescu Lehman College (CUNY), USA
Roslyn Caldwell The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles and Irvine/Anaheim, USA
Sierra E. Carter Georgia State University, USA
Shannon Chavez-Korell Wayne State University, USA
Eddie M. Clark Saint Louis University, USA
Danielle Dickens Spelman College, USA
David Goode-Cross East Towson Psychological Services, USA
Janelle R. Goodwill The University of Chicago, USA
Candice Hargons University of Kentucky, USA
Angela M. Heads McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, USA
Carla D. Hunter University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
DeReef Jamison The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Martinque Jones University of North Texas, USA
Shawn C. T. Jones Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Manisha Joshi University of South Florida, USA
Jonathan M. Lassiter Rowan University, USA
Seanna Leath Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Rhonda Lewis Wichita State University, USA
Tania Lodge Minority Behavioral Health Group, USA
Fantasy T. Lozada Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Heather Z. Lyons Loyola University of Maryland, USA
Keith Maddox Tufts University, USA
Shannon McClain University of Missouri–Columbia, USA
Yara Mekawi Emory University, USA
Kristen J. Mills The Ohio State University, USA
Camilla Nonterah University of Richmond, USA
Seth Oppong University of Botswana, Botswana
Janise Parker William & Mary School of Education, USA
Camille R. Quinn The Ohio State University, USA
Catherine C. Ragland Woods VA West Los Angeles Medical Center, USA
JaNelle Ricks The Ohio State University, USA
Tangela Roberts Western Michigan University, USA
Amorie Robinson The Ruth Ellis Center, USA
Tchilissila Alicerces Simões University of Coimbra, Portugal
Steven Stone-Sabali The Ohio State University, USA
Marie-Anne Suizzo The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Yuma I. Tomes Sam Houston State University, USA
Erlanger Turner Pepperdine University, USA
Rheeda Walker University of Houston, USA
Marcus Watson Buffalo State (SUNY), USA
Antoinette Wilson University of Houston Downtown, USA
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  • Manuscripts should be submitted at, where authors will be required to set up an online account in the Sage Track system powered by ScholarOne.

    Prospective authors may also wish to download the Editor’s Statement, published in the May 2009 issue.

    Manuscript Length

    Full-Length Manuscripts
    Full-length manuscripts reporting results of a single quantitative study generally should not exceed 35 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). The entire paper (text, references, tables, etc.) must be double spaced.

    Reports of qualitative studies generally should not exceed 45 pages. For papers that exceed these page limits, authors must provide a rationale to justify the extended length in their cover letter (e.g., multiple studies are reported). Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.

    Literature reviews generally should not exceed 40 pages, including references.

    Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.

    Brief Reports
    In addition to full-length manuscripts, the journal will consider brief reports. The brief reports format may be appropriate for empirically sound studies that are limited in scope, reports of preliminary findings that need further replication, or replications and extensions of prior published work.

    Authors should indicate in the cover letter that they wish to have their manuscript considered as a brief report, and they must agree not to submit the full report to another journal. The brief report should give a clear, condensed summary of the procedure of the study and as full an account of the results as space permits.

    Brief reports should not exceed 15 pages in total length (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures) and must follow the same format requirements as full length manuscripts. Brief reports that exceed 15 pages will not be considered.

    Manuscript Submission Instructions

    Please submit electronic files using MS Word (Windows Vista users, please save your files as an earlier ".doc" filetype). Each submission should consist of a cover file and manuscript file. The cover file should contain a request for review of the manuscript and a statement of the purpose and focus of the submitted paper. Cover files should also include the following information:

    • manuscript title and all author names, affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses
    • short biographical paragraphs of each author and any acknowledgments
    • manuscript submission date

    Every effort should be made by the author to see that the manuscript file contains no clues as to the author's identity. Footnotes containing information pertaining to the identity of the author or institutional affiliation should be on separate pages. Manuscripts, including references, must be double spaced throughout and must conform to guidelines given in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition (APA, 2019).

    The manuscript file should begin with a title page, omitting the author's name and affiliation but including the title and the date submitted. Following the title page should be a 100-175 word abstract and 4-5 keywords. The introduction section should follow and precede, in order, the Method, Results, and Discussion sections for empirical reports. Following in order should be note pages, references (entries double spaced and alphabetically listed), appendixes, tables, and figures. Table and figure locations should be indicated in text by callouts (e.g., "[insert Table 1 here]") inserted after the respective paragraphs. Figures must be camera ready.  

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