NEW JOURNAL EDITOR
Helping an underserved
The editors of the Journal of Rural Mental Health seek to
expand the journal’s reach with its move to APA.
BY LEA WINERMAN • Monitor staff
Tamara DeHay, PhD, spends her days working to increase rural residents’ access to mental health services. She is
a senior project director at the Mental Health
Program of the Western Interstate Commission
for Higher Education ( WICHE), a 15-state
intergovernmental organization that aims to
increase access to higher education and other
services throughout the Western United States,
much of which is rural.
In the past several years, the Mental Health
Program has conducted research on suicide
prevention in rural areas, patterns of psychotropic
medicine prescription in rural versus urban areas,
and much more. These days, DeHay is leading
an effort to add doctoral psychology internship
opportunities in the states WICHE serves.
Now, DeHay and her colleague Mimi McFaul,
PsyD, director of the Mental Health Program
and WICHE’s Center for Rural Mental Health
Research, want to bring that same breadth of
work to the Journal of Rural Mental Health.
McFaul and DeHay have served as the journal’s
co-editors since 2010, with McFaul in the role of
Managing Editor. APA acquired the publication last year from
the National Association for Rural Mental Health.
“[We hope] the switch to APA will increase our readership
and put the journal in the hands of more researchers who can
contribute to the field,” DeHay says.
The journal has always been open to publishing a wide
variety of papers, including case studies, meta-analyses and
review articles, according to the editors, and to publishing
research encompassing many different types of rural
communities, from Appalachia to the Mountain West. But in the
past the journal’s breadth has been limited by the fact that most
of its readers and contributors were members of the National
Association for Rural Mental Health, a smaller
organization than APA. DeHay says that she hopes
expanding the journal’s readership will naturally
increase the range of article submissions as well.
To submit manuscripts for the journal, go to www.apa.org/pubs/