Call for Manuscripts for a Special Section of Health Psychology: Disparities in Genomic Medicine
February 1, 2014
In recognition of the importance of addressing health disparities and to encourage research, Health Psychology is calling for manuscripts that reflect the breadth of issues related to health disparities (Kazak, Bosch, & Klonoff, 2012).
We have published Special Sections as part of this important series on Infectious Disease (vol. 31, no. 1) and Cancer (vol. 31, no. 5) and have a forthcoming section in 2013 on Pain and Discrimination. Empirical papers are preferred although theoretical or review papers will also be considered if they make a unique contribution to understanding disparities.
The goal of this Special Series is to encourage research that seeks to explain or address disparities, not merely to report serendipitous differences among groups. Papers across the lifespan, including pediatric samples, are encouraged.
We are pleased to announce the following section topic for 2014: Disparities in Genomic Medicine.
The rapid pace of scientific discovery in genomic medicine has led to the proliferation of genetic tests in clinical settings and direct-to-consumer markets. Some of these tests hold promise in the prevention and treatment of disease.
Individuals across the age spectrum may encounter such tests with their primary care providers and medical specialists, or on their own by searching the Internet. However, the potential for genomic medicine to alter clinical and public health approaches to disease risk management hinges on its broad application among majority and minority populations. Historically, members of some racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and sociocultural groups have been underrepresented in genomic health research, and therefore may not benefit equitably from its advances.
Papers should highlight health psychology research addressing contemporary issues in genomic health disparities in disease risk, prevention, and intervention across the lifespan.
Potential topics of interest include but are not limited to minority health and health disparity-based research on fears about genomic discrimination, genomic health awareness and literacy, medical mistrust, and sociocultural and religious beliefs about genetic testing and health.
We are also interested in papers addressing genomic risk communication to individuals from diverse backgrounds; whether, how, and under what conditions genomic information can effectively reduce health disparities; how traditional concepts of race, ethnicity, and ancestry can influence people's interest in and the outcomes of genetic testing for health purposes; and empirical work on the ethical and societal implications of using defined categories of race and ethnicity in research on genomic health.
The deadline for submitting papers is February 1, 2014.
Papers must be prepared in full accord with the Health Psychology Instructions to Authors and submitted in attention to Kristi Graves, PhD and Kenneth Tercyak, PhD for the Disparities in Genomic Medicine section to the Manuscript Submission Portal.
All submissions will be peer reviewed. Some papers not included in the series may be accepted for publication in Health Psychology as regular articles. Please indicate in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript that you would like to have the paper considered for the Special Series on Health Disparities/Special Section on Disparities in Genomic Medicine. All inquiries are welcomed.
Kazak, A. E., Bosch, J., & Klonoff, E. A. (2012). Health Psychology special series on health disparities. Health Psychology, 31, 1–4. doi: 10.1037/a0026507