MENTAL HEALTH ASPECTS OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (MH/DD)
Published from 1998 - 2009
Anne Desnoyers Hurley, Ph.D.
Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
Managing Editor Assistant Managing Editor
Margaret Zwilling Linda Vollmoeller
Andrew Levitas, M.D., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/SOM, Stratford, NJ
Robert Pary, M.D., Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Jarrett Barnhill, M.D., DFAPA, FAACAP University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
Joan Beasley, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Medical School, Shriver Center, Waltham, MA
Betsy A. Benson, Ph.D. Ohio State University and Nisonger Center UAP, Columbus, OH
Nick Bouras, M.D., Ph.D. UMDS-Guy's Hospital, London, UK
Anton Dosen, M.D., Ph.D. Catholic University, Nijmegen and Nieuw Spreeland Oostrum, the Netherlands
Gerard Gallucci, M.D., MHS Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Randi Hagerman, M.D. MIND Institute, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA
Theodore Kastner, M.D. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and DD Health Alliance, Bloomfield, NJ
James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP May Institute Inc., Norwood, MA
Al Pfadt, Ph.D. Clinical Services at Independence Residences Inc., Woodhaven, NY
Ann Poindexter, M.D. Health Care Management for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and Psychopathology, Conway, AR
Nancy Razza, Ph.D. ARC of Monmouth and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Stephen Ruedrich, M.D. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Van R. Silka, M.D. University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
Daniel J. Tomasulo, Ph.D., TEP, CGP YAI, National Institute for People with Disabilities and New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
Bradley V. Vaughn, M.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) experience the full range of psychiatric disorders. Because of cognitive, developmental, and neurological disabilities, the diagnosis and treatment of persons with ID/DD requires clinical skills drawn from psychiatry and neurology that also synthesizes cultural, sociological and psychological perspectives. MH/DD is the first and only journal exclusively devoted to the mental health needs of this population, and it will cover all mental health aspects of diagnosis, treatment, and community supports for persons with ID/DD. The journal will provide research reports, reviews, case studies, treatment outcome studies, mental health policy reports, drug information updates, teaching guides, clinical assessment tools and commentary on key mental health topics with the aim of tying research findings to practice. Topics related to pharmacotherapy, psychotherapeutic techniques, diagnostic issues, education, mental health policy, and behavioral interventions will be strongly represented. Areas requiring further research will be highlighted, and diverse perspectives on critical issues of clinical importance will be encouraged.
INDEXING/ABSTRACTING INFORMATION: MH/DD is indexed in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL), e-psyche, Exceptional Child Education Resources/ERIC, EMBASE/ Excerpta Medica, National Rehabilitation Information Center/REHABDATA, PsycINFO, Social Work Abstracts and Gale.
Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities (MH/DD) is devoted to the dissemination of research and information related to the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems, and related community supports, in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All papers must be written in simple and straightforward language with minimal use of technical terms, and definitions of technical terms, so that the content is accessible to a wide range of readership in the field of intellectual disability, mental health, and developmental disabilities. Examples of topic areas include: research on diagnostic criteria applied to persons with intellectual disability, guidelines for psychological evaluations, use of pharmacotherapies for mental health disorders, behavioral interventions, counseling and psychotherapy, rehabilitation and educational interventions, mental health policy, community supports, clinical assessment tools, teaching guides, case reports, and treatment outcome studies. Research reviews, brief reports, reports of unusual cases, commentary, ideas, letters, book reviews, and informational updates will be published. By publishing research, basic and clinical studies, reports of treatment, and information about the community support system, the editors hope to advance the understanding, treatment, and community supports for persons with ID/DD and mental health problems.
REVIEW PROCESS AND EDITORIAL DECISION: Manuscripts submitted are sent for blind peer review by at least three independent reviewers. Separate statistical review may be obtained. Authors may be asked to make suggested revisions in a paper and resubmit it. If substantial revision is necessary, the paper may be sent again for outside review. Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that they are subject to editing for clarity, elimination of redundancy, and conformity to style requirements of MH/DD. Manuscripts are edited within three to four months of acceptance and authors will receive a print of the edited copy prior to publication. Authors will be responsible to check the paper carefully for accuracy. Authors shall receive one complimentary copy of the issue and a price list to order reprints.
ETHICAL STANDARDS: All investigations using human subjects must be approved by the Human Subjects Review Committee of the author’s institution. Any support for authors by commercial enterprises, non-profit organization, or association that represents a conflict of interest must be reported.
COPYRIGHT AND PHOTOCOPYING: Psych-Media of NC was the publisher. Psych-Media also published previously: Psychiatric Aspects of Mental Retardation (1982-1989) and the Habilitative Mental Healthcare Newsletter, 1990-1997. Permission is granted to photocopy for personal or internal use. Selected articles may also be purchased through the Order Center at Gale: www.gale.com