American Psychologist (AM PSYCHOL)

Publisher: American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association

Journal description

The American Psychologist is the official journal of the American Psychological Association. As such, the journal contains archival documents and articles covering current issues in psychology, the science and practice of psychology, and psychology's contribution to public policy. Archival and Association documents include, but are not limited to, the annual report of the Association, Council minutes, the Presidential Address, editorials, other reports of the Association, ethics information, surveys of the membership, employment data, obituaries, calendars of events, announcements, and selected award addresses. Articles published cover all aspects of psychology. Submissions should be current, timely, and of interest to the broad AP A membership; they should be written in a style that is accessible to and of interest to all psychologists, regardless of area of specialization. American Psychologist contributions often address national and international policy issues as well as topics relevant to Association policy and activities. The first step in the AP editorial review process is performed by the AP editor/APA CEO. Approximately 70% of author-submitted manuscripts are returned without review within 30 days for a host of reasons: Empirical manuscripts are more appropriate for one of the APA primary journals; the topic of the manuscript or style of the writing is too narrow for the broad AP readership; the same topic was recently covered in the journal; inappropriate content or style; or other, more typical reasons such as the paper does not offer a major contribution to the field or is simply not written well enough. As the official journal of the APA, AP does not publish papers advocating policies contrary to officially adopted APA policy, although debates of the evidence supporting such policies may appear from time to time. Comments on the policies of the Association and articles published in the American Psychologist are also considered for the AP Comment section.

Journal Impact: 5.88*

*This value is calculated using ResearchGate data and is based on average citation counts from work published in this journal. The data used in the calculation may not be exhaustive.

Journal impact history

2016 Journal impact Available summer 2017
2015 Journal impact 5.88
2014 Journal impact 5.30
2013 Journal impact 1.26
2012 Journal impact 1.78
2011 Journal impact 3.71
2010 Journal impact 3.89
2009 Journal impact 3.64
2008 Journal impact 3.75
2007 Journal impact 3.86
2006 Journal impact 4.67
2005 Journal impact 3.76
2004 Journal impact 1.59
2003 Journal impact 1.75
2002 Journal impact 3.02
2001 Journal impact 2.98
2000 Journal impact 2.65

Journal impact over time

Journal impact

Additional details

Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 3.13
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 4.17
Website American Psychologist website
Other titles The American psychologist
ISSN 0003-066X
OCLC 1435230
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: At the intersection between neuroscience, microbiology, and psychiatry, the enteric microbiome has potential to become a novel paradigm for studying the psychobiological underpinnings of mental illness. Several studies provide support for the view that the enteric microbiome influences behavior through the microbiota-gut-brain axis. Moreover, recent findings are suggestive of the possibility that dysregulation of the enteric microbiota (i.e., dysbiosis) and associated bacterial translocation across the intestinal epithelium may be involved in the pathophysiology of stress-related psychiatric disorders, particularly depression. The current article reviews preliminary evidence linking the enteric microbiota and its metabolites to psychiatric illness, along with separate lines of empirical inquiry on the potential involvement of psychosocial stressors, pro-inflammatory cytokines and neuroinflammation, the HPA axis, and vagal nerve activation, respectively, in this relationship. Finally, and drawing on these independent lines of research, an integrative conceptual model is proposed in which stress-induced enteric dysbiosis and intestinal permeability confer risk for negative mental health outcomes through immunoregulatory, endocrinal, and neural pathways.
    Article · Nov 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This article responds to comments by Tryon (see record 2016-41532-005) regarding the nature of mechanism and free will in psychological science. It is agreed that psychological science has problems with the presentation of mechanistic theories that are simplistic and based on weak data. However, it is argued that a systematic effort to study free will is a worthwhile enterprise. Current data provide evidence both for and against the existence of free will. Sophisticated analysis may provide routes to reconcile determinism with free will in newer and more ecologically valid theory.
    Article · Sep 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We present the race-based disparities in stress and sleep in context model (RDSSC), which argues that racial/ethnic disparities in educational achievement and attainment are partially explained by the effects of race-based stressors, such as stereotype threat and perceived discrimination, on psychological and biological responses to stress, which, in turn, impact cognitive functioning and academic performance. Whereas the roles of psychological coping responses, such as devaluation and disidentification, have been theorized in previous work, the present model integrates the roles of biological stress responses, such as changes in stress hormones and sleep hours and quality, to this rich literature. We situate our model of the impact of race-based stress in the broader contexts of other stressors [e.g., stressors associated with socioeconomic status (SES)], developmental histories of stress, and individual and group differences in access to resources, opportunity and employment structures. Considering both psychological and biological responses to race-based stressors, in social contexts, will yield a more comprehensive understanding of the emergence of academic disparities between Whites and racial/ethnic minorities.
    Article · Sep 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This article memorializes Helen (Lena) Stavridou Astin, who died at her home October 27, 2015 after a long illness. As only the second woman to earn a doctorate in psychology at the University of Maryland, Lena opened the door for other women. Her 1969 classic book, The Woman Doctorate in America, was the first to provide data to counteract the belief that highly educated women drop out of the labor force to concentrate on family. Within the American Psychological Association, Lena was the first chair of what became the Committee on Women in Psychology and the second president of the Division on the Psychology of Women (Division 35). She also served on several American Psychological Association governance boards. During her early years, she worked at the National Academy of Science, the Bureau of Social Science Research, and University Research Associates.
    Article · Sep 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The behavioral and neurosciences have made remarkable progress recently in advancing the scientific understanding of human psychology. Though research in many areas is still in its early stages, knowledge of many psychological processes is now firmly grounded in experimental tests of falsifiable theories and supports a unified, paradigmatic understanding of human psychology that is thoroughly consistent with the rest of the natural sciences. This new body of knowledge poses critical questions for professional psychology, which still often relies on the traditional theoretical orientations and other preparadigmatic practices for guiding important aspects of clinical education and practice. This article argues that professional psychology needs to systematically transition to theoretical frameworks and a curriculum that are based on an integrated scientific understanding of human psychology. Doing so would be of historic importance for the field and would result in major changes to professional psychology education and practice. It would also allow the field to emerge as a true clinical science. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Article · Sep 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Social, psychological, and behavioral factors are recognized as key contributors to health, but they are rarely measured in a systematic way in health care settings. Electronic health records (EHRs) can be used in these settings to routinely collect a standardized set of social, psychological, and behavioral determinants of health. The expanded use of EHRs provides opportunities to improve individual and population health, and offers new ways for the psychological community to engage in health promotion and disease prevention efforts. This article addresses 3 issues. First, it discusses what led to current efforts to include measures of psychosocial and behavioral determinants of health in EHRs. Second, it presents recommendations of an Institute of Medicine committee regarding inclusion in EHRS of a panel of measures that meet a priori criteria. Third, it identifies new opportunities and challenges these recommendations present for psychologists in practice and research.
    Article · Sep 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This article memorializes James L. Outtz, who passed away March 26, 2016. For more than 40 years, Outtz was a leading researcher, practitioner, and consultant in the areas of hiring and promotion, employment discrimination, selection-test design and implementation, and legal issues pertaining to employment. He worked tirelessly to enhance opportunities for workforce diversity through greater inclusion of minorities and women. Another important focus was on strategies to minimize adverse impact through alternative approaches to selection. His work significantly influenced best practices in equal employment opportunity, and he was a highly sought-after legal-compliance consultant and testifying expert, advisor to courts, and participant on consent decrees with experts and lawyers from all sides of an issue. His efforts involved some of the most prominent corporations in America and most visible public-sector jurisdictions. In his final 2 years, he became president-elect of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).
    Article · Sep 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This article memorializes Richard L. Gorsuch, who passed away at age 78 on February 14, 2016. His interests and work ranged from multivariate analysis to the psychology of religion. Gorsuch penned one of the most readable volumes on the topic of measurement and factor analysis. He also developed multivariate factor programs under the title UniMult. Professionally, he was recognized as an outstanding scholar, being a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He penned 20 to 30 volumes and over 130 professional articles. He was coauthor of The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Approach (1985), the foremost text in the area.
    Article · Sep 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Presents an obituary for Richard Michael Suzman, who died on April 16, 2015. Suzman was trained as a sociologist and anthropologist, but he was attracted to the approaches of demography and economics. He came to know a great deal about diverse fields of science, including health, physiology, psychology, genetics, and economics. He was a scientific leader who was on a quest to develop new transdisciplinary fields and to mobilize the best scientists to work in them. Suzman's passion for transdisciplinary science was fully expressed in his greatest achievement: the famous Health and Retirement Survey (HRS), which he initiated in 1988 and continued to guide and inspire. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Article · Jul 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This article provides the minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council of Representatives February 20-22, 2015, Washington, DC, and August 5 and August 7, 2015, Washington, DC, and minutes of the February, June, August, and December 2015 meetings of the Board of Directors. These minutes are the official record of the actions of the Association taken during the year by both the Board of Directors (the Board) and the Council of Representatives (Council). They are arranged in topical rather than chronological order, and subheadings are used when appropriate. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Article · Jul 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Presents an obituary for Judy Estes Hall, who passed away on November 24, 2015. Hall served as the Executive Officer of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists until her retirement in 2013. She is a recognized expert in the development of education and training standards for the profession of psychology, she also made significant contributions in the field of international psychology, where she was a renowned expert in cross-national credentialing and an advocate for commonality in licensing standards. She was the coauthor of one edited volume and author of more than 60 journal articles, book chapters, and professional publications. A passionate advocate for the advancement of women in psychology, a devoted mother and grandmother, a connoisseur of wine and international traveler extraordinaire, she touched the personal and professional lives of many. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Article · Jul 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Presents an obituary for Julian Meltzoff, who died on December 22, 2015, in his La Jolla, California home. Meltzoff was a major architect of modern clinical psychology. His innovative contributions in the arena of human service delivery, his empirical evaluations of the efficacy of psychotherapy, and his creative strategy for training clinical psychologists were truly ground breaking. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Article · Jul 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Presents an obituary for Richard I. Evans, who passed away on April 20, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 92. Evans was a noted social and health psychologist. He was one of the founding members of APA's division of Health Psychology and served a term as president of the division. He had a major impact on the history of psychology and media psychology, and was a central figure in the development of the fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Article · Jul 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Presents an obituary for Roger Alan Myers, who passed away September 13, 2015, in Stuart, Florida, at age 85. Meyers was a long-time national leader of counseling psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Article · Apr 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Presents an obituary for Pauline Elizabeth Scarborough, who died on August 18, 2015, at her home in Mishawaka, Indiana, after a long and well-fought battle with cancer. Scarborough was a historian of psychology, whose studies of late-19th- and early-20th-century women psychologists (often with her close friend, Laurel Furumoto) revolutionized our understanding of early American psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Article · Apr 2016 · American Psychologist
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Presents an obituary for Karl H. Pribram, who died on January 19, 2015. Karl had a very successful and extensive 70-year career in neuroscience research. He was a prolific researcher and writer, publishing approximately 150 data papers, almost 300 theoretical papers, and 19 books. His work is recognized through many awards and titles, including a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Montreal in 1992, a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Bremen (1996), and a lifetime achievement award from the International Neural Network Society. His professional interactions extended beyond the traditional boundaries of science into the arts and humanities. His work in these integrative areas resulted in his becoming the first recipient of the Baclav Havel Prize for integrating science with the humanities and arts.
    Article · Apr 2016 · American Psychologist