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08 January 2021
Black Lives Matter to Clinical Neuropsychologists
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter academic strike (Science, 2020), this special issue is a call to action for clinical neuropsychologists to use their platform as clinician-scientists to promote the brain health of Black Americans. Specifically, we encourage clinical neuropsychologists to focus their academic lenses on brain-behavior studies that extend beyond simple descriptions of race-related deficits on neuropsychological tests and instead endeavor to enhance the quality of life of Black Americans. For example, potential topics might include, but are not limited to 1) What are the racial biases in our neuropsychological assessment procedures, diagnostic processes, and intervention tools and how can they be mitigated?; 2) How do race and disease interact to relation to neuropsychological and everyday functioning?; 3) How do race and neuropsychological functioning interact in their association with biomarkers, everyday functioning, and quality of life? 4) How does race interface with health literacy and sociodemographic factors (e.g., discrimination) to affect the engagement of Black Americans with neuropsychological services and their uptake?; 5) How does race influence “established” phenomena in clinical neuropsychology (e.g., the inter-relationships between neuropsychological functions and well-known factors such as other demographics or self-report of cognitive symptoms)?; 6) How are the presentations, clinical features, and needs of Black Americans with central nervous system disease different from (and similar to) other under-served ethnoracial groups?; and 7) Professional and training issues related to race (e.g., under-representation in leadership, practice, education, training, and science).
We welcome original empirical studies, retrospective studies of large public and research center databases, replication studies, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses. Case series, commentaries, and adequately powered and well-designed null findings will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Authors are encouraged to consult the APA guidelines for research on race and ethnicity (2019), which emphasize the importance of studies that promote social justice and inclusion and reduce the adverse impact of racial bias in our methods.
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Interested authors are encouraged to contact the Special Issue Guest Editors Steven Paul Woods ([email protected]) and Marc A. Norman ([email protected]) by December 4th, 2020 with a letter of intent. Manuscript submissions are due January 8th, 2021. 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 Black Lives Matter to Clinical Neuropsychologists.
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