Services invites manuscripts for a special section on “Informatics
and Business Operations in Mental Health.” Kathleen Lysell, PhD,
and Clifford Smith, PhD, are guest editors of the special section.
The journal welcomes papers in three specific areas:
• Information on mental health workload measurement
practices, including panel size, productivity evaluation,
procedural coding practices, staffing ratios, improvement in
no-show rates and clinic utilization patterns. Research on how
these affect provider sustainability and burnout prevention is
• Research on the development and use of analytical
informatics tools to enhance program development,
administrative oversight and clinical outcomes.
• Performance improvement projects that seek to improve
practice administration, including research on access and demand
management, coding practices and information technology.
The journal welcomes meta-analytic papers, theoretical-based
papers and empirical papers. All papers must have administrative
applications. Find more information and submit manuscripts at
www.apa.org/pubs/journals/ser/index.aspx. Send questions to Lisa
Kearney, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Div. 18 gives first Excellence in Training Award
The Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance
section of Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) presented
its first Excellence in Training Award to the Department
of Veterans Affairs VISN 5 (VA Capitol Health Network)
Mental Health Research, Education and Clinical Center in
Baltimore. The award recognizes psychology training programs
that prepare students to provide recovery-oriented, evidence-based services to adults with serious mental illnesses and/or
youth with severe emotional disturbances. Winners also excel at
teaching the key concepts of APA’s Recovery to Practice (www.
Attend regional community psychology meetings
Div. 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) invites
psychologists to attend its three regional ecological-community
psychology meetings. The regional meetings are organized by
graduate students and bring together community psychologists
and other like-minded people from applied and academic
• “Breaking Boundaries through Community Engaged
Social Justice Work,” the West region meeting, will be held Oct.
16, at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the
• “Community Psychology Then and Now: From the
‘Swamp’ to the City,” the Southeast region meeting, will be held
Oct. 23–25 at the University of North Carolina Uptown Center
City Campus in Charlotte, North Carolina.
• “Forwarding Inquiry and Action for Social
Change: Horizons, Tensions and Tools,” the Midwest region
meeting, will be held Oct. 23–24 and will be hosted by the Civil
Society and Community Research program at the University of
Find more information on the regional meetings at www.
Div. 27 seeks nominations for awards and fellows
Div. 27 (Society for Community Research and Action),
or SCRA, welcomes nominations for fellows and for its
annual awards. SCRA fellows are Div. 27 members who have
made outstanding contributions to community research
and action. Send fellows nominations to fellows@scra27.
org by Dec. 1. Find information on nomination materials
and qualifications at www.scra27.org/members1/member-
Nominations for each of the following awards are also due
• Emory L. Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion
• Best Dissertation on a Topic Relevant to Community
Psychology honors the best doctoral dissertation on
community psychology completed between Sept. 1, 2013, and
Aug. 31, 2015.
of Wellness honors the best dissertation on wellness promotion.
• Early Career Award recognizes an early career community
psychologist who is making a significant contribution to
community psychology and SCRA.
• Distinguished Contribution to Practice in Community
Psychology Award is presented to an individual who has
demonstrated innovation and leadership as a practitioner.
• Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research
in Community Psychology Award honors a psychologist
whose research career has made a significant contribution to
• Ethnic Minority Mentorship Award recognizes a Div.
27 member who has made exemplary contributions to the
mentorship of ethnic minorities.
For further details on each award, send an email to awards@