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Journal of Black Psychology

Journal of Black Psychology

eISSN: 15524558 | ISSN: 00957984 | Current volume: 46 | Current issue: 2-3 Frequency: 8 Times/Year
The Journal of Black Psychology has been the leading forum on the psychological study of Black populations for more than 35 years. Founded and sponsored by the Association of Black Psychologists, The Journal of Black Psychology presents the most innovative scholarly research and theory on the behavior of Black and other populations from Black or Afrocentric perspectives. 

The Journal of Black Psychology brings you the latest scholarly discussion on timely and sensitive topics. It provides the empirical, theoretical, and methodological studies you need to stay on top of the rapid developments in knowledge about Black experience and behavior. Since 1974, The Journal of Black Psychology has led and recorded the most outstanding contributions within the field of psychology toward the understanding of the experiences and behavior of Black populations. The journal provides complete and balanced coverage of the field’s latest developments and advances, through original articles and special features such as Research Briefs, Essays, Commentary, and Book Reviews. An international array of distinguished authors brings you original analyses and perspectives covering a wide variety of areas, including: 
  • African-centered psychology
  • Counseling & Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology of black children
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Personality
  • Education
  • Health & social behavior
  • Life span & family issues
  • Diversity in African cultures
  • Organizational Psychology


The Journal of Black Psychology publishes scholarly contributions within the field of psychology toward the understanding of the experience and behavior of Black populations. This includes reports of empirical research and discussions of the current literature and of original theoretical analyses of data from research studies or programs. Therefore, the Journal publishes work in any of the areas of cognition, personality, social behavior, physiological functioning, child development, education, and clinical application, in addition to empirical research and original theoretical formulations outside traditional boundaries, all integrated by a focus on the domain of Black populations and the objective of scholarly contributions.

Beverly J. Vandiver Western Michigan University, USA
Associate Editors
Tamara L. Brown Prairie View A&M University, USA
Tawanda M. Greer-Medley Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA
Anita Jones Thomas St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, USA
Kenneth M. Tyler University of Kentucky, USA
Leo Wilton Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Na'Im Akbar Florida State University, USA
Oscar A. Barbarin University of Michigan (Emeritus)
Samuel T. Beasley Western Michigan University, USA
Faye Z. Belgrave Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Nancy Boyd-Franklin Rutgers University, USA
A. Wade Boykin Howard University, USA
Daphne R. Chandler (Amanishakete Ani) University of Albany, SUNY, USA
William E. Cross Jr. University of Denver, USA
Janet E. Helms Boston College, USA
Carla Hunter University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
James M. Jones University of Delaware, USA
Tania Lodge Minority Behavioral Health Group, USA
Markeda Newell Loyola University Chicago, USA
Thomas A. Parham University of California, Irvine, USA
Margaret Beale Spencer University of Pennsylvania, USA
Robert L. Williams Washington University, St Louis, USA
Editorial Consultants
Germine H. Awad University of Texas at Austin, USA
Keisha L. Bentley Duke University, USA
LaVerne A. Berkel University of Missouri at Kansas City, USA
Sha’Kema Blackmon Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, USA
Danice Brown Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
Roxanne Donovan Kennesaw State University, USA
Bryana French University of St. Thomas, USA
David Goode-Cross University of Baltimore, USA
Robert J. Jagers University of Michigan, Combined Program in Education and Psychology, USA
Rhonda Lewis Wichita State University, USA
Heather Lyons Loyola University of Maryland, USA
Keith Maddox Tufts University, USA
Michael Mobley Salem State University, USA
Enrique Neblett University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Yasser Payne University of Delaware, USA
Kelly Rodgers Borough of Manhattan Community College, USA
Stephanie J. Rowley University of Michigan, School of Education, USA
Phia Salter Texas A & M University, USA
Marie Suizzo University of Texas at Austin, USA
Rheeda Walker-Obasi University of Houston, USA
Statistical Consultant
Katherine Picho Uniformed Services University, USA
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  • Manuscripts should be submitted at, where authors will be required to set up an online account in the SAGE Track system powered by ScholarOne.

    Prospective authors may also wish to download the Editor’s Statement, published in the May 2009 issue.

    Manuscript Length

    Full-Length Manuscripts
    Full-length manuscripts reporting results of a single quantitative study generally should not exceed 35 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). The entire paper (text, references, tables, etc.) must be double spaced.

    Reports of qualitative studies generally should not exceed 45 pages. For papers that exceed these page limits, authors must provide a rationale to justify the extended length in their cover letter (e.g., multiple studies are reported). Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.

    Literature reviews generally should not exceed 40 pages, including references.

    Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.

    Brief Reports
    In addition to full-length manuscripts, the journal will consider brief reports. The brief reports format may be appropriate for empirically sound studies that are limited in scope, reports of preliminary findings that need further replication, or replications and extensions of prior published work.

    Authors should indicate in the cover letter that they wish to have their manuscript considered as a brief report, and they must agree not to submit the full report to another journal. The brief report should give a clear, condensed summary of the procedure of the study and as full an account of the results as space permits.

    Brief reports should not exceed 15 pages in total length (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures) and must follow the same format requirements as full length manuscripts. Brief reports that exceed 15 pages will not be considered.

    Manuscript Submission Instructions

    Please submit electronic files using MS Word (Windows Vista users, please save your files as an earlier ".doc" filetype). Each submission should consist of a cover file and manuscript file. The cover file should contain a request for review of the manuscript and a statement of the purpose and focus of the submitted paper. Cover files should also include the following information:

    • manuscript title and all author names, affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses
    • short biographical paragraphs of each author and any acknowledgments
    • manuscript submission date

    Every effort should be made by the author to see that the manuscript file contains no clues as to the author's identity. Footnotes containing information pertaining to the identity of the author or institutional affiliation should be on separate pages. Manuscripts, including references, must be double spaced throughout and must conform to guidelines given in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition (APA, 2019).

    The manuscript file should begin with a title page, omitting the author's name and affiliation but including the title and the date submitted. Following the title page should be a 100-175 word abstract and 4-5 keywords. The introduction section should follow and precede, in order, the Method, Results, and Discussion sections for empirical reports. Following in order should be note pages, references (entries double spaced and alphabetically listed), appendixes, tables, and figures. Table and figure locations should be indicated in text by callouts (e.g., "[insert Table 1 here]") inserted after the respective paragraphs. Figures must be camera ready.  

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