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Call for Papers: Psychology Leadership in Public Sector Settings

Submission Deadline:  January 31, 2023

Submission Deadline:  January 31, 2023

The editorial staff at APA Division 18's journal, Psychological Services, is inviting manuscripts for a special issue on psychology leadership in public sector settings. Our guest editor for this special package is Dr. Tiffanie Fennell.

In addition to the typical roles of psychologists (e.g., clinical services, consultation, teaching, research), many psychologists take on leadership roles (e.g., Department Chair, Clinic Director, Training Director) in their settings. Psychologists’ skillsets position them well to lead people, including interpersonal communication skills, change management, and sensitivity to ethical practice. While many leadership texts exist, little is known about psychology leadership in public service settings.

This special issue seeks manuscripts broadly related to psychology leadership in public service settings with a focus on expanding our current knowledge base in such areas as:

  • Leadership theory applied to public sector settings and intentionality
  • Diversity in leadership – advancing DEI efforts, diverse perspectives in leadership (e.g., psychologists of color, women, LGBTQ+)
  • Ethical challenges in leadership
  • Leaders implementing new programs using science-based change management principles
  • Leadership development training, coaching and mentoring programs (e.g., outcomes, competencies)
  • Ensuring organizational health (e.g., employee engagement, psychological safety and civility) in the workplace as well as addressing burnout and wellness in leadership
  • Brief leadership stories – across the career continuum – leadership lessons in public sector psychology (e.g., APA involvement, career transition leadership points), unique leadership roles for psychologists


APA Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) welcomes manuscripts related to public sector work settings, including but not limited to:

  • law enforcement and public safety
  • criminal justice, including courts, prisons and prison reentry programs
  • educational systems at all levels
  • hospitals and community clinics
  • Indian Health Services and
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

The deadline for receipt of papers for this special section is January 31, 2023.

Please follow the Instructions to Authors information located on the Psychological Services homepage. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the Manuscript Submission Web Portal.

Please specify in your cover letter that the submission is intended for the special section on Psychology Leadership in Public Sector Settings and address your letter to Dr. Dee Ramsel, Associate Editor.

All papers submitted will be initially screened by the editorial board and then sent out for blind peer review, if evaluated as appropriate for the journal.

For further questions related to this special section, please contact Dr. Ramsel (

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