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Contextually Valid Assessment of Executive Functions

Call for Papers

Deadline: 31 August 2019

Editor-in-Chief: Yana SuchyUniversity of Utah

Yana Suchy, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, is a tenured Professor of Psychology and an adjunct Professor of Neurology at the University of Utah, and the Editor-in-Chief of The Clinical Neuropsychologist. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Suchy’s research has focused on improving our understanding, and the assessment methods, of the construct of executive functioning, with a particular focus on improving methods for predicting lapses in daily functioning.

She publishes broadly in peer-reviewed journals and professional texts, and has also authored two books: Clinical Neuropsychology of Emotion (Guilford Press, 2011), and Executive Functioning: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinical Practice (Oxford University Press, 2015).

The Clinical Neuropsychologist

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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Measures of Executive Functions (EF) are known to be among the best predictors of daily functioning.  Yet, these measures have long been criticized for having poor ecological validity, in part because they fail to resemble the context within which daily functioning occurs.

While much effort has gone into the development of new measures that capture the typical contexts of daily life (e.g., the need to self-initiate or to prioritize among multiple tasks), many other contextual factors cannot be incorporated into any single test.

This is because some factors fluctuate from day to day or patient to patient (e.g., the sleep quality or the severity of pain one is experiencing), or because they reflect a relevant individual difference within which EF occurs (e.g., EF may be differentially important for people with high vs. low IQ).

This special issue will focus on research that examines such contextual factors.  Specifically, we are interested in articles that examine the following:

  • Whether the association between EF and daily functioning is moderated by contextual factors (e.g., sleep, pain, stress, life complexity, living situation, etc.)
  • Whether the association between EF and daily functioning is moderated by individual-difference factors (e.g., demographics, personality, IQ, memory, general mental status, etc.)
  • Whether the association between daily functioning and either contextual or individual-difference factors is mediated by EF
  • Whether a given contextual factor impacts performance on measures of EF

Appropriate articles will use either traditional or novel measures of EF, variables that reflect one or several contextual factors, and a meaningful index of daily functioning. Research on both healthy and clinical populations is welcome.

Executive functioning can be defined broadly, including executive cognitive functions, initiation and maintenance of thought and action, response selection/inhibition, meta-tasking, and prospective memory. Similarly, a variety of types of daily functioning can be examined, including instrumental activities of daily living, functional independence, medication management, driving ability, work or school success, and others.

Review articles and metanalyses of the associations among EF, daily functioning, and/or particular contextual factors are very much welcome, but the authors should inquire with the editor prior to submission to ensure that their article does not overlap with other review article submissions.

Submission Information

Researchers wishing to submit a manuscript in response to this call for papers must submit by August 31, 2019.

Your paper should be prepared in accordance with The Clinical Neuropsychologist Instructions for Authors, and submitted through the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts peer review site.

Please indicate in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript, as well as in the drop-down Special Issue menu in the ScholarOne submission portal, that you would like to have the paper considered for the special issue on Contextually Valid Assessment of Executive Functions.

If you have any questions regarding the special issue, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Yana Suchy, at yana.suchy@psych.utah.edu