Psychology, Interamerican
Evidence-Informed Psychological Therapies for Populations from Latin America and the Caribbean: Current Status and Future Directions from an Interamerican Perspective

Guest Editors:

Jennifer Morales-Cruz, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

Naomi Koerner, Toronto Metropolitan University

The overarching objective of the proposed Special Issue of the Revista Interamericana de Psicología is to spotlight theory and research on evidence-informed psychological therapies in Latin America and the Caribbean, and their diasporic communities in North America. Cognitive and behavioural therapies (including third wave therapies) are of particular interest. Contributions may be in Spanish, Portuguese, French or English.

Special consideration will be given to contributions that advance the understanding of the treatment or prevention of:

  • Depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, trauma-related disorders, or insomnia among,
  • Adults (any age), adolescents, or children in,
  • Community-based settings or clinical settings.

Potential contributors are invited to first contact the Guest Editors with an Abstract, to check suitability with the objectives of the Special Issue.

The following types of contributions will be considered:

  • Empirical studies testing the efficacy or effectiveness of cognitive or behavioral therapies including (but not limited to) clinical trials that are controlled, pre-experimental or naturalistic with pre-post assessments
  • Theoretical articles
  • Systematic reviews
  • Narrative reviews
  • Case studies describing application of cognitive-behavioural therapy may be considered, if innovative/novel

Topics of particular interest include:

  • Evidence-informed intervention
  • Evidence-Informed prevention
  • Adaptations or tests of cognitive and behavioural therapies in individuals with medical comorbidities (for example, depression coinciding with chronic diseases)
  • Cultural adaptations of cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Innovations aimed at scaling up and increasing access to cognitive and behavioural therapies in underserved or marginalized populations and communities
  • Implementation and dissemination of evidence informed treatments; delivery models (for example, stepped-care approaches; low-intensity interventions; digital interventions (m-health); community-based approaches)
  • Training and education in cognitive and behavioural therapies

Deadline for receipt of contributions to the Special Issue: June 30, 2024.

Authors should prepare their submissions in accordance with the journal’s requirements:

Authors are invited to write to the Guest Editors with questions ahead of submitting their work for consideration:

Dr. Jennifer Morales-Cruz:

Dr. Naomi Koerner: