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Invitation for consulting editors and early career mentees

Division 44 is inviting applications from those who wish to be considered as consulting editors and those who wish to be considered for as many early-career psychologist-in-training slots as may be available.

by John C. Gonsiorek

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, the official journal of Division 44, is a scholarly journal dedicated to the dissemination of information in the field of sexual orientation and gender diversity. It will be a primary outlet for research particularly as it impacts practice, education, public policy, and social action. It is intended to be a forum for scholarly dialogue that explores the multifaceted aspects of sexual orientation and gender diversity. Its focus will be on empirical research (both quantitative and qualitative), theoretical and conceptual articles, in-depth reviews of the research and literature, clinical case studies, book reviews, and letters to the editor. Many issues will include a major article or set of articles on a specific theme of importance to theory, research, and/or practice in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender diversity. In addition, articles will address professional issues, methodological and theoretical issues, and comments on previous publications in the journal as well as such topics that advance the psychological knowledge of LGBT individuals and their families, couples and marriage, health and health care, aging, work, and careers.

My vision for the journal involves not only making it the premier publication on all psychological aspects of sexual orientation and gender diversity, but also to have it serve as a training ground for the next generation of scholars and practitioners in these areas. To that end, it is my intention to involve early career psychologists and graduate students extensively in this journal. Specifically, my plan is to pair every journal consulting editor who wishes to provide such mentorship,with an early career psychologist or graduate student, so that they might work together in the manuscript review process, and similar journal activities. In this way I intend that the consulting editors, who are more senior and established, can help catalyze professional development of early career psychologists and those in training, who typically do not have access to such involvement in a journal. This role will of course be optional for consulting editors, who are often already heavily committed precisely due to their established expertise. I am hopeful, however, that many of the eventual consulting editors self-select this additional mentoring function.

Accordingly, I am inviting applications from both those who wish to be considered as consulting editors and those who wish to be considered for as many early-career psychologist-in-training slots as may be available. You must be a member of Division 44 to be eligible for these positions. Application should include a CV along specific areas of expertise/interest. You can also include an optional brief (1–2 paragraph) statement of what you hope to provide the journal by your involvement. The completed application should be sent to me at: jgonsiorekphd@gmail.com, no later than May 1, 2013.

I look forward to working with the publisher chosen, the future Editorial Board, and the membership of Division 44 to help create what I believe will be the premier publication on all psychological aspects of sexual orientation and gender diversity.