Journal of Humanistic Psychology

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SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR PAPERS: Collaborative Research Approaches for Veterans Health & Wellbeing


The psychological challenges that veterans face in post-military life are shaped by stark transitions between collectivist (military) and individualist (civilian) ways of being. These challenges are compounded by military/civilian experience gaps perpetuated by an all-voluntary force where less than 5% of the US population serves in the military. The deeper health impacts of military service on veterans and their families can be difficult to research due to issues of trust, military cultural values of selfless service, sacrifice and group loyalty, and stigma (Franco et al., 2016). As a result, traditional empirical and biomedical approaches to designing interventions and improving clinical healthcare services are sometimes difficult to advance because the voice of veterans has largely been absent (Frayne et al., 2013; True et al., 2014).

Research collaborations that deliberately include military veterans, active duty soldiers, and their families as stakeholders and co-researchers are increasingly recognized as a critical next step in designing social systems and clinical care approaches that meet their needs (Semaan, et al., 2016). Many community-driven methods and approaches can be applied to develop innovative strategies for care and scholarship that are not only rigorous, but also improve relevance to the populations they are intended to serve and are designed from their inception to be equitable.

Such veteran/clinical/scholar collaborative efforts require deeper conversations, and deeper relationships between these stakeholder groups than have occurred in the past. This special issue serves to encourage an emerging, humanistic, and design centric view of veteran research that prioritizes veterans as co-researchers at all stages of scholarly effort (Hooyer, 2017; Rizia et al., 2014).

While not representing an exhaustive list, the following topic areas highlight important research themes:

1. Community collaborative design approaches to interventions that improve Veteran health & healthcare

2. Best practices and perspectives in navigating new veteran identities: (e.g., transitioning veteran to student, soldier to civilian, officer to mother)

3. Methodological advances that intentionally transcend disciplinary and community boundaries

4. Authentically representing veteran and veteran community perspectives in research and programmatic dissemination

5. Female Veteran and other gendered experiences in military and civilian transitioning

6. Veteran research and engagement as a path toward repurposed personal mission, including serving as a veteran advocate and agent of policy change

7. Innovative practices in serving military families

8. Leveraging technology based interventions for veterans that facilitate care and support. Attending to issues with privacy, security, and veteran views of technology

9. Arts-based and other emerging methods for research, dissemination and public scholarship.

10. Challenges, benefits and future directions in veteran engaged health services research.

TO BE CONSIDERED: authors MUST submit a 1-2 page (800 word maximum) preliminary article proposal. Authors with the most compelling proposals will be encouraged to submit full manuscripts.

Please submit article proposal VIA EMAIL TO:

Feedback about all proposals will be provided. Accepted proposals will move on to formal submission through the Journal’s Scholar One online submission portal. Details about the formal submission process will be provided at that time. NOTE: All author teams will be required to peer review two articles submitted to the special issue to ensure relatively rapid turn-around.

Guidelines for authors can be found here.