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COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIORAL PRACTICE

Special Series:

"Applications of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy in Response to COVID-19"

Guest Editors:

Nikolaos Kazantzis, Ph.D.   nikolaos@nikolaoskazantzis.com

Carmen P. McLean, Ph.D.   Carmen.McLean4@va.gov

Susan Sprich, Ph.D.   SSPRICH@mgh.harvard.edu

Matthew Carper, Ph.D.   matthew_carper@brown.edu

It is clear that the corona virus (COVID-19) is having a devastating health, economic, and social impact on our international communities. What is less clear are the short- and long-term mental health repercussions of exposure and fear of exposure to the virus, illness and death of loved ones, prolonged social isolation, and financial strain. Some members of our community, such as older adults, may be experiencing greater social isolation and have unique concerns related to the uptake of technology that younger populations may not have. There are also equally alarming disparities in impact among racially defined and culturally defined groups.

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Special Series:

"Cultural Responsiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for People of Color"

Guest Editors:

Juliette McClendon, Ph.D.   juliette.mcclendon@gmail.com

Kimberlye Dean, Ph.D.   deankimberlye@gmail.com

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective in improving psychological health. However, little research examines the extent of racial and/or ethnic disparities in engagement in CBT or identifies concrete adaptations that may improve engagement outcomes. The recent attention to systemic racism, discrimination and police violence against Black Americans has underscored the need for accessible, effective, and culturally responsive mental health treatment for Black people and people of Color.

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IMPACT STATEMENT:

The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and has had a significant indirect impact on the scholarly work of our CBT community. In addition, the killings of countless Black individuals (e.g., George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain) point to a longer standing public health concern—structural racism. These stressors have taken a toll on workforce productivity; for example, researchers with primary childcare responsibilities have had the additional strain of home-schooling and the incoming editorial team for C&BP recognizes that individuals in primary parenting roles will have had a reduction in their research productivity and writing output. The incoming editorial team for the journal therefore wishes to offer support and extra allowances to authors in this position and invites communications that include expression of need and requests for assistance. Those seeking assistance should submit a short (200 word) request to any of the Guest Editors listed above. This is a statement of relevance to the response to COVID-19 special series, but also applies to all new manuscript submissions to C&BP.

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