Rehabilitation Psychology


Rehabilitation Psychology is the official publication of Division 22 of the American Psychological Association.

Outgoing Editor:  Timothy R. Elliott, PhD
Incoming Editor:  Stephen Wegner, PhD
ISSN:  0090-5550
Published Quarterly, beginning in February

Rehabilitation Psychology is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles in furtherance of the mission of Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the APA and to advance the science and practice of rehabilitation psychology.

Rehabilitation psychologists consider the entire network of biological, psychological, social, environmental, and political factors that affect the functioning of persons with disabilities or chronic illness. Given the breadth of rehabilitation psychology, the journal's scope is broadly defined. Suitable submissions include papers describing experimental investigations, survey research, evaluations of specific interventions, outcome studies, historical perspectives, relevant public policy issues, conceptual/theoretical formulations with implications for clinical practice, reviews of empirical research, detailed case studies, and professional issues.

Papers will be evaluated for their importance to the field, scientific rigor, novelty, suitability for the journal, and clarity of writing. The primary determinant of editorial decisions is whether the paper enlarges both the understanding of important psychological problems in rehabilitation and the capacity to offer effective assistance in ameliorating those problems.


Rehabilitation Psychology Journal has transitioned to Editorial Manager for new submissions and review of manuscripts, effective December 16, 2013. This has several important implications:

  1. Those authors and reviewers who currently have manuscripts that started in JBO will stay in JBO throughout their process.
  2. All new submissions and reviews for those submissions will use Editorial Manager. All users (authors, reviewers) must be registered with the system in order to login. The submission portal will remain unchanged.

This transition will better serve our community as it allows you to manage all your roles – author and reviewer- in one location. If will allow for more timely management of the review and editorial process and reduce our lag time. The RP journal team looks forward to working with you in the new system.

Stephen T. Wegener

Maria Schultheis and Beth Slomine
Associate Editors