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"Effective Scientist-Practitioner" Journal


Effective Scientist-Practitioner (ESP) Journal

Scientifc Journal for the dissemination of evidenced-based mental health





Aims and Scope of the Journal

1.1 Introduction and vision for the Effective Scientist-Practitioner

Effective Scientist-Practitioner (ESP) is a multidisciplinary Journal which is officially published biannually (every March and September) by “Armos” Publi-cations (http://www.armosbooks.gr/) under the auspices of the Hellenic Institute for Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Athens, Greece (www. recbt.gr/en), affiliated Center of the “Albert Ellis” Institute, New York, USA (http://albertellis.org/affiliated-rebt-cbt-training-centers/).

ESP aspires to serve the gradually increasing voices for more rational, effective and evidence-based mental health approaches worldwide with a focus on the link among theory, research, technology and practice in the contemporary biopsychosocial health territory. Based on aggregate empirical evidence (see David, Lynn, & Ellis, 2010), people who are helped with rationally-driven, effective methods (e.g. through approaches like Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy and/or other appropriate Cognitive Therapies and related philosophies), not only feel but also get and stay significantly less emotionally disturbed while they develop healthier and more efficient techniques of handling their reality problems-issues than will those who are not benefiting from related methods.

This Journal sets as a priority the establishment of the Effective Scientist-Practitioner paradigm envisioning a scientist-practitioner who applies rational and evidence-based methods in (mental) health practice. The term “rational” refers to methods that are realistic, logical and pragmatic (functional and helpful) and help people provenly, effectively, and thoroughgoingly, make significant philosophical and behavioral changes in their lives. Here in ESP, we bolster that rational methods are the missing link for a better connection between theory, research and practice in main mental health fields (e.g. psy-chotherapy, counseling, education, coaching, mentoring) and applied subfields of psychology (e.g. clinical psychology, school psychology, organizational psy-chology etc.) because they promote effective practices, better judgment and ethical decision-making during practice.

More specifically, the term “Effective Scientist-Practitioner” appeals to the professional who helps people change their irrational and problematic philosophies about self, others and life and, then, appropriately motivate them take responsible risks and make substantial behavioral changes. These scientists-practitioners usually come from the third wave in the history of psychotherapy, called “Cognitive Behavioral Therapies” (CBT’s), which are largely based on the first CBT in the history of mental health practice, called Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy founded by the psychologist Albert Ellis in 1955, as well as on other well established CBT’s (e.g. Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy). Usually, these practitioners, based on evidence-based, rational-emotive and cognitive behavioral methods, help people make realistic, logical and pragmatic changes at the cognitive, emotive and behavioral levels of human functioning by helping them acknowledge, examine, challenge, dispute and change their core and peripheral philosophies into effective ones and then motivate and guide them to act appropriately.

Adding on that, we believe that all intellects, scholars, scientists and practitioners (e.g. psychologists, therapists, counselors, coaches, educators, philosophers, social workers, physicians, nurses and other health specialists and spokespersons, politicians, journalists etc.) can, in a broader sense, follow the “effective scientist-practitioner” paradigm provided that they,

a) endorse rational principles (e.g. they learn how to challenge dysfunctional philosophies of people that lead to inefficient emotions and behaviors) and

b) apply effective, evidence-based theories and methods of practice (e.g. translate good research results into meaningful theories and practices) during their work and actions.

This also connotes that all scientists who follow evidence-based frameworks in their helping professions can create and/or improve their practice by instilling effective principles and methods from the world of rational, cognitive and other evidence-based psychologies and therapies. Regarding this Journal, this means that all scientists-practitioners who belong to the evidence-based world of (mental) health practice (and allied sciences plus other scientists, or non-scientists, who are substantially occupied with health and believe in rational and effective health principles in health fields) can submit articles given that they,

a) endorse a rational and effective theory in a broader sense (that is, a theory which is based on realistic, logical and functional tenets),

b) study this theory with state-of-the art research, and

c) present meaningful practical implications and applications based on tested hypotheses of their theory.

Expanding from the above, the term “Effective Scientist-Practitioner” is an effort to bridge the gap between theory and practice in a rational, meaningful way in terms of mental health effectiveness; this is what we believe that modern (mental) health research is crucial to do, that is, to translate its valid findings in efficacious/effective and utile practices that promote significant change (and not just expression or abreaction) in a realistic, logical and functional way for all people. This is particularly important given that efficacy and effectiveness should be established at the levels of theory, methodology and application packages at the same time (David & Montgomery, 2011; Katsikis, 2014) and not at the application packages level only. A rational and effective link between theory, methodology and practice will further advance the ap-plicability of results at the individual and societal level.

Additionally, the ESP title illuminates that (mental) health practice should be based on the combination of scientific data and sound reason by not only promoting a Common Factors paradigm (“treatment procedures are beneficial to the client because of the meaning attributed to these procedures rather than because of the specific nature of the procedures”) but also a Methodological Principles and Skills paradigm (“method matters and effective prac-tice relies not only on common factors but also on methodological principles that are instantiated in efficacious/effective ways in different forms of psycho-logical practice”) (see Lundh, 2014).

In other words, it is very important to give emphasis on the differential contributions of all effective mental health approaches and not only on the similarities among them. For example three unique contributions of Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, that can potentially improve other approaches (taking into account contradicting philosophies though), are that,

a) it is the person’s core philosophy of life, and not just the things that happen to her/him in the course of her/his life, which importantly affect his personali-ty development,

b) it is the change of people’s underlying irrational philosophies and verbalizations into rational ones that gives them the health that they frequently want and,

c) when people endorse rational beliefs of reality, they can feel healthy nega-tive, instead of unhealthy negative, emotions and, therefore, can get themselves in appropriate action.

Here in ESP, we envision a mental health practice that promotes rational, valid and utile knowledge; a practice that is based on evidence, truth, logic and helpfulness. Thus, all ESP articles include practical implica-tions/applications, based on cutting-edge research, for the enhancement of all forms of individual and social activity (see intra- and interpersonal functioning and well-being such as, parenting and family, educational and workplace relationships, helpful religious and spiritual activities, medical treatments, sales, public discussions/debates and politics among others). For example, each article will feature a “Rational Reflection” section where authors will argue on how their research results can be substantially used during practice.

Therefore, ESP includes articles which link theory, research and practice (plus related technology) while it also publishes original papers dealing with evidence-based work in the applied fields of psychology (e.g. clinical, school, organizational psychology), psychiatry, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, mentoring, education, the medical and mental specialties, and allied areas of science. Special emphasis is given to the theoretical clarity, the methodological rigorousness and the connection of theory and research with mental health implications and practical applications.

More specifically, state-of-the-art, applied research and integral field/clinical protocols from relative trials, larger trials, institutional trials, online applications, multidisciplinary applications, people tolerance studies, group scale studies, longitudinal studies (e.g. autoregressive and cross-lagged models, measurement-burst designs etc.), studies in real situations, studies in experimental and semi-experimental situations, studies in analogue and simulated conditions, pervasive symptom focus studies, biomarkers studies for psychological change, psychological markers studies for biological/physical change, multi-scale life expectancy studies and healthcare cost reduction studies are highly sought besides standard cross-sectional, predictive and longitudinal studies.


1.2 Types of contributions

ESP is a scientific platform for communication, cooperation and a bridge for collaboration among psychologists, psychotherapists and other (mental) health specialists, researchers and practitioners worldwide who endorse rational, cognitive-behavioral and other evidence-based theories, principles, methodologies and practices in their work.

The distinct characteristic of this Journal is its emphasis on realistic, logical and meaningful practical implications/applications useful for every scientist-practitioner who strives to establish her/his method on grounds of rational practices. The Journal accepts two types of scientific/professional contributions:

1. Original Articles and Reviews (including rigorous meta-analytic reviews and rigorous qualitative reviews), which are the core material published in this Journal. State-of-the art articles are selected that present current trends and developments within the evidence-based tradition with an emphasis on how scientists and practitioners can conduct more effective mental health practice. Practically, this means that each article, besides its standard content, will feature a “Rational Reflection” section where authors, within ten (10) lines, will argue on how their research improves mental health practice. Empirical research articles that use well-designed quantitative, qualitative or mixed-method designs will be highly considered for publication. The same is true for articles that present case studies and other empirical data from practitioners’ expertise of evidence-based approaches. Special issues or special sections are also promoted based on scientifically topical issues and/or based on international, local or regional events (e.g. congresses, conferences etc.).

2. The Hellenic Institute for RE&CBT News and Views will frequently feature as a main source of information on important scientific, administrative, ethical, legislative and regulatory events and issues of the global community of (mental) health. Such items will include archival and historical documents, keynote lectures, news, policy statements, reports from Congresses/Conferences and many more matters addressed via different kinds of narrations with relevance for a diverse array of researchers and practitioners plus calendars of forthcoming meetings and events.

3. Additionally, some issues of the Journal will feature an excerpt from Albert Ellis’s work, (e.g. transcripts from practice, self-help materials, interviews, articles, mottos, brochures etc.) while other enlightened scientists-practitioners will also be featured at a section called “Effectiveness in Practice”.

a. “A special part of this section will be called "Through the one-way mirror: Session verbatim" (Editor: Dr. Art Freeman; Associate Editor: Dr. Brad Rosenfield). The goal of this section is to offer verbatim psychotherapy, counseling or coaching from REBT/CBT sessions. They will be annotated by the editors and give the reader an opportunity to listen in to actual sessions that illustrate various issues, including, therapist reactions, the relationship, specific techniques or strategic interventions. At the conclusion of the presentation, there will be points for the reader to consider, making it useful for classes, supervision or professional discussion groups” (Freeman & Rosenfield, personal communication, July 26, 2017).

4. Some issues of the Journal will include a “Scientific Debate” Section ed-ited by Martin Turner, one of the Associate Editors of the Journal, will be featured. The rationale of the section is: Scientific research, and indeed the scientific method, is an ongoing iterative process of hypothesis testing and theory development. As such, the debating of theory and research is an important aspect of scientific knowledge development and transfer. Therefore, the Editorial Board will invite scientist-practitioners (or evidence-based practitioners) to provide short (1000 words) commentaries on published articles in ESP. The Editorial Board will approach suitable scientist-practitioners to comment on an article from the previous issues in order to stimulate debate. The writer of the original article is then free to write a commentary in response to the commentary, thus creating a formal debate. The Editorial Board can al-so contribute to the debate. The chief reason for promoting this practice is to encourage the refinement and alteration of current knowledge for the benefit of greater understanding about biopsychosocial factors that influence psychological functioning that can ultimately improve the work practitioners do with their clients (Turner, personal communication, August 2, 2017).

a. A special part of this section will be called “The editors’ debate” edited by all five scientific editors of the Journal. In this special section, we will briefly comment on a debatable issue of contemporary mental health and then call for feedback from scientists-practitioners and the audience via e-mail (espjournal@espjournal.com) and/or via a brief text or article in the same, or next, issue. The chief reason for this special section is to deepen some more on mental health practice issues, to offer fea-sible solutions to usually echoed queries or questions and be in open communication with all people out there. All doubts, reservations, objections and misconceptions would be collaboratively addressed here in kind and firm ways!

5. Last, but not least, in some issues, the Technology Editor, Tullio Scrimali will review a technology product or a related article on contemporary technology issues that pertain the mental health field.


1.3 Specifics and requirements for appropriate submission of articles and reviews to the Effective Scientist-Practitioner

Manuscripts should be submitted online at the Journal’s section here (es-pjournal@espjournal.com). Please note that only papers that are original, that is, they have not previously appeared in, or are currently under consideration for another Journal publication, can be considered for publication. All manuscripts will be considered for peer review from the Editor and the Associate Editor of the Journal and may be returned to authors for revision. There are four levels of acceptance (accepted with minor revisions, accepted with major revisions, rejected and resubmitted, rejected) for each article that are similarly considered in two phases of evaluation: Phase One is when Editors consider the article for peer review and they give their rating in the above four-level scale while Phase Two consists of the ratings of three peer reviewers on the aforementioned four-level scale.

Masked review: A policy of masked review has been adopted for all submissions:
Author names and contact information/details are removed from each submitted article before submitting to reviewers. Authors are responsible for the removal of other elements that identify with authors’ identities from the rest of the manuscript.

Title Page - The order of the whole title is as follows:
• Title of the article (Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5)
• Author name(s) (preceded by first names) (Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5)
• Name of the university, institute, clinic, other work or private practice setting (in case of more than one authors or institutions, please use su-perscript Arabic numerals) (Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5)
• Αn address for correspondence (incl. name of the corresponding author with e-mail, phone and/or fax numbers) (Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5)
• Αn author note concerning acknowledgments, disclosures, funding sources etc.. (Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5)

Abstract: The abstract should be maximum 300 words with 5 key reference terms (keywords) after the summary.

Reference Citations: Authors should follow the American Psychological As-sociation’s (APA) conventions listed in the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). For example:

Ellis, A. & Bernard, M. E. (2006). Rational Emotive Behavioral approaches to childhood disorders: Theory, practice and research. New York, NY: Springer.

Hajzler, D. J., & Bernard, M. E. (1991). A review of rational-emotive education outcome studies. School Psychology Quarterly, 6, 27-49.

Chapter in a book:
Bernard, M. E. & Pires, D. (2006). Emotional resilience in children and adoles-cence: Implications for Rational-Emotive Behavior therapy. In A. Ellis & M. E. Bernard (Eds.), Rational Emotive Behavioral approaches to childhood disorders. Theory, practice and research (pp. 156-174). New York, NY: Springer.

Web Pages:
Atherton, J. (2005). Behaviour Modification. Retrieved February 5, 2009 from http://learnignandteaching.info/learning/behaviour_mod.htm.

Tables: Tables should include Arabic numerals and must be cited in the text. Below the table number, a brief description should be given.

Figures: Figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals as well and should be cited in the text. Below the figure number, a brief description should be given.

Tables and figures should be embedded into the paper. Figures will be reproduced in black and white only. In case authors desire color illustrations, they will be invoiced.

Length and Specifics of articles: Original articles should not exceed 6000 words (up to 15 pages) including abstract, references, tables, figures but more flexibility may be allowed upon request and on a case-by-case basis (e.g. in monographs). Articles should be submitted in Times New Roman fonts, in 12 font size and 1.5 spacing.

Language issues: The official languages of the Journal are English and Greek; submissions in both languages are accepted. Authors who are not native speakers of English, or Greek, should have their papers checked by English, or Greek, speakers before submission. English native speakers should fol-low English spelling and punctuation as given in Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary. Greek native speakers should refer to the Greek version of this text here (www.recbt.gr).

Notes: There will be a Greek version of ESP for Greek practitioners, scientists and students. All articles are also pertinent to translation in other languages upon request.

Offprints: The Managing Editors will send the corresponding author(s) of each accepted paper a PDF file of the published version of the paper a week before when it is to be released online. The Journal will be releasing in print and in digital format as well. This PDF file is provided for the authors’ per-sonal use.

Copyright agreement: By submitting a paper for publication, the author(s) confirm and guarantee that the manuscript has not been published and/or submitted elsewhere before, that she/he holds all copyright in and titles to the submitted contribution including all content of the submitted paper and that the paper do not infringe in any way on the rights of third parties. The author(s) insure(s) the publisher from any third-party claims. Yet, because ESP is a new Journal with still limited circulation, we allow authors to publish their articles in other high impact factor Journals (indexed only in Web of Science, EBSCO, PubMed, PsycInfo and Scopus databases) and/or in international books (only published by relevant international publishers), in order to increase articles visibility; in this case, the authors will be asked to send us a note about the republication so that we can mention this on Journal’s website.
Further, the author agrees, in case of publication of the article in the ESP, to transfer to the publisher the right to reproduce and distribute the article and its contents, both physically and digitally, or on other form, in this Journal and in other independent publications with no limitations on the number of copies or on the form or the extent of distribution. These rights are according to the duration of copyright as defined by international law. More specifically, the author(s) transfer(s) to the publisher the following rights in an exclusive way concerning the article and all its contents:

■ The rights to produce further copies, reprints or offprints of the article, in full or in part, to undertake translations into other languages, to dis-tribute other forms or modified versions of the article and to produce and distribute summaries of abstracts.
■ The rights to microfilm editions to the use of article and its content in video-related media and similar systems, to recordings or reproduc-tions using other media (e.g. electronic, magnetic, optical media) and in multimedia as well as for radio, television and other forms of broad-casts.
■ The rights to store the article and its content in different electronic media forms (e.g. hard discs, usb sticks, dropbox-like digital media etc.), to store the article in online databases belonging to the publisher or third parties (e.g. Web of Science, EBSCO, PubMed, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES etc.) for downloading by third parties and to present/reproduce the article with its contents in different kinds of presentations in via screens, monitors etc. (e.g. PPT presentations).
■ The rights to reproduce the articles by other means like photocopies and similar processes and as part of so-called document delivery services.


1.4 Submissions of Contributions to the Hellenic Institute’s News and Views Section of the Effective Scientist-Practitioner

Items for consideration of publication in the ESP should be submitted online at espjournal@espjournal.com under the indication “Object submission for the News and Views Section of ESP” and should note intention for evidence-based psychology and related fields (e.g. evidence-based psychotherapy, counseling, education, coaching) news and views at the top of the cover letter. All related news and views will be handled by Dr. Nikoletta Glykas, the Managing Editor, at espjournal@espjournal.com


1.5 Submissions of Ads to the Effective Scientist-Practitioner

Items for consideration of advertisement in the ESP should be submitted online at espjournal@espjournal.com under the indication “Object submission for the Ads Section of ESP” and should note intention for evidence-based psy-chology and related fields (e.g. evidence-based psychotherapy, counseling, ed-ucation, coaching) ads, promos, teasers and related stuff at the top of the cover letter. Visual and/or multimedia ads, promos, teasers etc. may be accepted for publication. All related ads, promos, teasers etc. will be handled by Dr. Niko-letta Glykas, the Managing Editor, at espjournal@espjournal.com. Prices for advertising your work in the ESP will be discussed with the Editor in Chief and the Associate Editors upon request.

Steps for Article Submission in ESP

To be considered for peer review, each article submitted should include the following:

1. Title of the article (Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5)
2. Author name(s) (preceded by first names) (Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5)
3. Name of the university, institute, clinic, other work or private practice setting (in case of more than one authors or institutions, please use superscript Arabic numerals) (Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5)
4. Αn address for correspondence (incl. name of the corresponding author with e-mail, phone and/or fax numbers) (Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 12; Spacing: 1.5)
5. Αn author note concerning acknowledgments, disclosures, funding sources etc.. (Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 10; Spacing: 1.5)
6. Abstract (up to 300 words; 5 keywords, at least)
7. Main body of the article – Fonts: Times New Roman; Size: 11; Spacing: 1.5
8. References, Tables and Figures: Please follow the conventions of Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).
9. At the end of each article, please include a “Rational Reflection” section: Within ten (10) lines, argue on how your theoretical delineations and/or your research results can be used in a realistic, logical and pragmatic way during (mental) health practice.
10. Each article should be up to 6000 words (up to 15 pag-es long based on a Microsoft Word reader)
11. Submit your article at espjournal@espjournal.com
12. Note 1: If it is a research article, authors should include both an ethics statement regarding permission for the research conducted, but also if human subjects involved, it is also important to include a statement concerning protecting of re-search participants.
13. Note 2: It is expected as good practice that when authors submit their articles for review that a letter should accompany that article which states that all the au-thors are in agreement with the submission and that the paper is not being sent to another journal nor has it been published anywhere.
Personnel, Contributors, Publisher and Logistics of ESP.


2.1 Honorary Editor
Chrysoula Kostogiannis (PhD, RE&CBT) – Clinical & School Psychologist - Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practitioner, Director and Scientific Supervisor, Hellenic Institute for Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Aristeidou 3, 151 22, Maroussi, Athens, Attica, Greece, e-mail: ckostogi-annis@recbt.gr


2.2 Editor-in-Chief
Demetris Katsikis (PhD, RE&CBT) – School-Developmental Psychologist - Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practitioner, Coordinator of Mental Health, Research and Training Services, Hellenic Institute for Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Aristeidou 3, 151 22, Maroussi, Athens, Attica, Greece, e-mail: dkatsikis@recbt.gr


2.3 Associate Editor
Arthur Freeman (EdD, ScD, ABPP, CBT) – Chair of the Department of Be-havioral Science, School of Health Sciences and Director of the School’s graduate programs in Mental Health Counseling, School Psychology and Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Touro College, 50 West 23rd St, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010, USA, e-mail: artcbt@aol.com


2.4 Associate Editor
Martin Turner (PhD) – Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Staffordshire University, B180, Brindley Building, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent,
ST4 2DF, UK, e-mail: M.Turner@staffs.ac.uk


2.5 Technology Editor
Tullio Scrimali (MD, PhD, CBT) – Associate Professor of Clinical Psycholo-gy, University of Catania, Piazza Università, 2, 95124, Catania CT, Italy; ALETEIA International European School of Cognitive Therapy, Via Duca D'Aosta n. 25 (94100) Enna-Via Gramsci n.6 (95021) Acicastello (CT), Italy, e-mail: tscrima@tin.it

2.6 Managing Editor
Nikoletta Glykas (PhD) – Administration and Public Relations, Armos Pub-lications, Mavrokordatou 11, 106 78, Athens, Attica, e-mail: espjour-nal@espjournal.com & pr@armosbooks.gr

2.5 Editorial Board, Ad Hoc Reviewers, Training Functions and Affiliated Associations

The Editorial and the Advisory Boards of the ESP include international scien-tists-practitioners selected by the Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editor based on their scientific/practice status in psychology and related/particular fields (e.g. highly cited researchers and practitioners from all over the world) to reflect ESP’s aims and scope and attract international publications from more countries. Members of the Editorial Board will be the main body of re-viewers of the Journal.

ESP will also include ad hoc reviewers to cover topics based on their expertise according to specific subjects in all applied fields of psychology (e.g. clinical psychology, school psychology, organizational psychology, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching etc.) representing diverse evidence-based approach-es. Ad hoc reviewers will be encouraged to be members of the Editorial and/or the Advisory Board. ESP will publish a list of ad hoc reviewers each year; the list will be constantly updated throughout the year based on the needs of the review process.

Furthermore, ESP includes a training function by including an option for a “trainee” reviewer, who typically in graduate school or on a post-doc, to complete a review per issue in collaboration with a more senior reviewer, thus providing useful training in the review process to the junior reviewer. Senior reviewers, ad hoc reviewers and “trainee” reviewers can consult Lovejoy, Revenson, & France’s (2011) guidelines on reviewing manuscripts for peer-review Journals, and/or follow their style of reviewing process, based on a standard 4-point system (accepted, minor revisions, major revisions, rejected) in both cases. All reviewers will receive an informative letter with all necessary instructions, links and “log in” system information for the review process while they will have forty (40) days to complete the review process and submit the reviewed manuscript to the editors. For more information on the complete review process followed by ESP, readers can consult Baran, Kiani, and Samuel (2014, p. 30).

The list below includes members of the Editorial and Advisory Board and Affiliated Associations plus Ad Hoc Reviewers and areas of expertise (the list is under development).

Editorial/Advisory Board
(in alphabetical order)

1. Dimitris Anastasiou (PhD) – Southern Illinois University, USA
2. Achilles Bardos (PhD, ABPP) – University of Northern Colorado, USA
3. Michael Bernard (PhD) – The University of Melbourne, Australia; California State University, USA
4. Michler Bishop (PhD) – Albert Ellis Institute, USA; State University of New York at Old Westbury, USA
5. Angela Breitmeyer (PsyD) – Midwestern University, USA
6. Michael Cavanagh (PhD) – The University of Sydney, Australia
7. Emily Chernicoff (PsyD) – Private Practice, USA; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, USA
8. Ray Christner (PsyD, NCSP) – Cognitive Health Solutions, LLC, USA
9. Sharon Freeman Clevenger (PhD, MSN, MA, CARN-AP, PMHCNS-BC) – Indiana Center for Cognitive Therapy, USA; Indiana University, USA; Purdue University, USA
10. Oana David (PhD) – Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania
11. Paul DePompo (PsyD, ABPP) – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Institute of Southern California, USA
12. Raymond DiGiuseppe (PhD, ABPP) – The Albert Ellis Institute, USA; St. Johns University, USA
13. Dominic DiMattia (EdD) – University of Bridgeport, USA
14. Kristene Doyle (PhD) – The Albert Ellis Institute, USA; St. Johns University, USA
15. Windy Dryden (PhD) – University of London, UK
16. Atle Dyregrov (PhD) – University of Bergen, Norway
17. Natalia Ferrero (PhD, Lic. Psy) – Centro de Terapia Cognitiva y Terapia Racional Emotiva, Peru
18. Robert Friedberg (PhD, ABPP) – Palo Alto University, USA
19. Marika Ginsburg-Block (PhD) – University of Delaware, USA
20. Steven Hollon (PhD) – Vanderbilt University, USA
21. Philip Hyland (PhD) – National College of Ireland, Ireland
22. Jennifer Jones (MSc) – Hampshire Constabulary, UK
23. Konstantinos Kafetsios (PhD) – University of Crete, Greece; Open University of Greece, Greece
24. David Lane (PhD) – Middlesex University, UK
25. John Lochman (PhD, ABPP) – The University of Alabama, USA

26. Maria Malikiosi-Loizou (PhD) – National and Kapodistrean University of Ath-ens, Greece
27. Ruth Malkinson (PhD) – University of Haifa, Israel; Israeli Center for Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Israel
28. Pedro Reyes Mispireta (PhD, Lic. Psy) – Instituto de Terapia Racional Emoti-va, Peru
29. Monica O’Kelly (PhD, FAPS) – Monash University, Australia; Australian Institute for Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Australia
30. Vilmantė Pakalniškienė (PhD) – Vilnius University, Lithuania
31. Eleni Papoulis (PhD) – Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece
32. Natalie Politikos (PhD, NCSP) – University of Hartford, USA
33. Răzvan Predatu (PhD Student, RE&CBT) – Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania
34. Anastasia Psaltis (PhD) – “Alexandreio” Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
35. Mehmet Sungur (MD, PhD) – Marmara University Hospital, Turkey
36. Mark Terjesen (PhD) – St. Johns University, USA
37. Simona Trip (PhD) – University of Oradea, Romania
38. Ann Vernon (PhD, NCC, LMHC) – University of Northern Iowa, USA
39. John Viterito (PhD) – Kean University, USA; Victor Frankl Institute, USA; The Albert Ellis Institute, USA
40. Andrew Wood (PhD) – Staffordshire University, UK

Ad Hoc Reviewers and Areas of Expertise
(in alphabetical order)


1. Dimitris Anastasiou – Specific learning disabilities, Writing Performance, Philosophical Approaches to Disability and Politics of Special Education
2. Achilles Bardos – School Psychology, Psychometrics and Assessment/Evaluation Technology
3. Michael Bernard – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice, Education and Coaching
4. Michler Bishop – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice, Substance Use and Addictions, Couples/Marital Issues
5. Angela Breitmeyer – Clinical Psychology, Sport Psychology
6. Michael Cavanagh – Coaching and Clinical Psychology, Cognitive and Behavioral Patterns of Health-Related Anxiety, Communication Skills, Leadership and Emotional Competency, Coaching in Complex Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral-Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused approaches to Goal Achievement and Problem Solving
7. Ray Christner – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Practice (Therapy and Wellness), School Psychology, School Consultation, Neurocognitive Process Oriented Approaches, Multi-disciplinary Professional Trainings in Evidence-Based Mental Health Issues,
8. Sharon Freeman Clevenger – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Cognitive Therapy, Psychopharmacology, Mental Health Nursing, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition and Health, Genetic Testing
9. Oana David – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice and Cognitive Therapy, Parenting, Life and Executive Coaching
10. Paul DePompo – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice and Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Relationships
11. Raymond DiGiuseppe – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice, Anger Problems and Anger Diagnostic Disorders, Therapeutic Alliance, Psychological Measurement, Personality Assessment, Psychopathology, School Psychology
12. Dominic DiMattia – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice, Executive Coaching
13. Kristene Doyle – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice, Eating Disorders
14. Atle Dyregrov – Clinical and Research Psychology, Bereavement, Trauma and Disaster, Eye Movement Desensitization Processing (EMDR)
15. Natalia Ferrero – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice
16. Robert Friedberg – Training in Behavioral Health Care with Youth, Dissemination of Empirically-based Approaches, School Mental Health, Innovative Cognitive Behavioral Treatment/Prevention Delivery Models & Systems, Collaborative Care Model, Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth
17. Marika Ginsburg-Block – Evidence-based Practices in School Psychology, Counseling, Psychopathology and Mental Health Consultation, School-based, Peer and Parent-mediated Intervention Programs for Vulnerable Youth, Mechanisms that lead to Student Achievement, Family Early Literacy Practices, Meta-analytic Procedures and Scaling of Psychometric Instruments
18. Steven Hollon – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Cognitive Therapy, Etiology, Basic Psychopathology, Prevention and Treatment of Depression in adults, Cognitive and Biological Processes to Depression, Psychosocial vs. Pharmacological In-terventions in Depression
19. Philip Hyland – Basic and Applied Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Criminal Psychology, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Acute Stress Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
20. Jennifer Jones – Sport and Performance Psychology, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Emotional Management in Performance Contexts
21. Konstantinos Kafetsios – Social and Organizational Psychology: Attachment, Emotions and Social Transactions, Emotional and Interpersonal Abilities, Interpersonal Relationships and Well-Being, Multilevel Models of Analysis
22. David Lane – Evidence-Based Coaching: Codes of Conduct and Standards in Coaching, Coaching Training and Supervision, Executive Coaching
23. John Lochman – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Clinical Psychology and Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems (children, adolescents, youth)
24. Maria Malikiosi-Loizou – Counseling Psychology: Counseling Psychology in Education, Personality, Peer Counseling, Interpersonal Communication and In-teraction
25. Ruth Malkinson – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice, Grief, Bereavement and Trauma
26. Pedro Reyes Mispireta – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice
27. Monica O’Kelly – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice and Cognitive Therapy, Trauma, Child Abuse, Anxiety Conditions, Sexual Problems, Work Stress, Life Coaching
28. Vilmantė Pakalniškienė – Parent-Adolescent Relationships, Friendships in Childhood and Adolescence, Social Networking, Violence in Romantic Relationships, Internet Use in Children and Adolescents, Abnormal Psychology, Political Psychology, Contemporary Statistical Methods (Structural Equation Modeling)
29. Eleni Papoulis – Social Work and Social Care: Professional Ethics and Code of Conduct, Social Welfare, Organization and Administration of Social Services, Art-Based and Communication Techniques
30. Natalie Politikos – Cognitive Development of Children and Assessment of Cognitive Abilities, Development of Executive Functions, Cross-Cultural School Psychology, Professional Issues in School Psychology
31. Răzvan Predatu – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches, Evidence-Based Coaching, Emotion Dysregulation in Mood and Anxiety Disorders
32. Anastasia Psaltis – Counseling Psychology: Cultural and Multicultural Counseling, Consultation, Family Empowerment in Minorities
33. Mehmet Sungur – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Cognitive Couple, Sexual and Marital Therapy, Psychiatry
34. Mark Terjesen – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice, Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment and Intervention, Clinical Decision Making, Single-Case Methodology, Behavioral Assessment and Consultation, Supervision and Training
35. Simona Trip – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice, Rational-Emotive Behavior Education, Counseling and Psychotherapy
36. Ann Vernon – Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: Rational-Emotive Behavioral Practice, Counseling Children and Adolescents, Counseling Skills and Theory, School Counseling
37. John Viterito – Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Clinical Supervision
38. Andrew Wood – Sport and Exercise Psychology, Elite Sport and High Performance Settings, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Resilience and Optimal Human Functioning, Stress, Emotion and Performance

2.6 Publisher/Production

ESP is published and disseminated by Armos Publications (http://www.armosbooks.gr/), one of the leading publishers in Greece, and is under the scientific auspices of the Hellenic Institute for Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (HIRE&CBT), Athens, Greece, (www.recbt.gr/en), affiliated Center of the “Albert Ellis” Institute, New York, USA (http://albertellis.org/affiliated-rebt-cbt-training-centers/). Armos Publications, in collaboration with the HIRE&CBT, has made the publication and dis-semination of the Journal its priority and is actively striving to offer Journal a national and international promotion by affiliating with international publishers for establishing ESP as an upcoming and highly promising, world-class Journal with strong visibility and impact.


2.7 Publication

Published twice annually (May and November).


2.8 Subscriptions/Payments/Advertising-Inserts*

Please contact Armos Publications at pr@armosbooks.gr

2.9 Electronic Full Text

The ESP Journal is fully in-print and no electronic version is available.

2.10 Abstracting Services

ESP is a new Journal and is not still abstracted/indexed. The plan is to have the Journal receive an impact factor score in the Journal of Citation Reports as soon as possible. The goal is to offer high quality articles and gradually have the opportunity to be included in the best abstracting/indexing databases (e.g. Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, ProQuest, PsycINFO, EBSCO).


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Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) Analysis


3.1 Strengths

• According to our knowledge, ESP is the only Psychology Journal hailed from Greece with a strong emphasis in using rational and evidence-based methods during mental health practice in different applied fields (e.g. psychotherapy, counseling, education, coaching, applied psychology fields like clinical-school-organizational psychology etc.).
• It is the only bilingual (English-Greek) Journal from Greece and includes a globalized, international editorial board of highly acclaimed and frequently cited scientists-practitioners.
• ESP includes ad hoc reviewers to help with the review work, and, more importantly, to get word out about the Journal, and to make potential authors interested in submitting manuscripts.
• It is a serious and rigorous peer-reviewed Journal, with a rejection rate close to 50%.

3.2 Weaknesses

• ESP is not abstracted/indexed yet.
o To correct this situation we need to publish state-of-the-art articles and, when ready, a) receive an impact factor score in the Journal of Citation Reports and, b) follow the procedures for being abstracted/indexed by well-known databases (e.g. Web of Sci-ence, EBSCO, ProQuest, PubMed, PsycINFO, Scopus etc.).
• The international top professionals in the field do not regularly send manuscripts to the Journal.
o To correct this situation we need to: (a) target directly top re-search groups; and (b) make the articles of the Journal accessible to them.
• ESP is based in Greece which is a small market for psychology Journals.
o To correct this situation we need to strive for European and/or international distribution.

3.3 Opportunities

• According to our knowledge, being the only Journal with such a strong emphasis on the use of rational and evidence-based implications/applications in diverse (mental) health fields in Greece and in South/Eastern Europe, it can become a pole of excellence reflecting not only top international research but also articles that promote rational and evidence-based mental health practice from this part of the world.
• It is an upcoming and much promising Journal whose abstracting/indexing and, hence, an impact factor have not been established yet. Therefore, plans for new creative policies can be implemented and test-ed to establish the inclusion of the Journal in the Journal of Citation Reports and in highly acclaimed scientific databases, thus, increasing the impact of the Journal.
• The Hellenic Institute for RE&CBT discusses the possibility of the Journal being published by a top publisher in Greece and a respective publisher in Europe.
• ESP will promote special issues or special sections at the beginning through international, local or regional congresses/conferences by encouraging the presenters of quality symposia to submit their set of presentations as papers to the Journal.


3.4 Threats

• Competition among various applied or contemporary psychology Journals in Greece and abroad:
o To counter this threat, we extended the objectives of the Journal to ascribe to, a) a strong emphasis on rational and evidence-based mental health practice and, b) a focus on links among theory, research and practice in four diverse applied fields (psychotherapy, counselling, education, coaching) at least.
• Open source version and online psychology Journals:
o To counter this threat, the Journal allows access to full text arti-cles on its website, except the last two issues. Moreover, we allow our articles to be republished in other Journals, to target new audiences and/or in books, thus contributing to the dissemi-nation of the scientific information.


3.5 Conclusion

Our goal is the Effective Scientist-Practitioner (ESP) to become a key factor in the reconceptualization and transformation of mental health practice in Greece, South/Eastern Europe and worldwide as an integral scientific field that generates rational, valid, utile and practical knowledge based on rigorous research and ethical and professional mental health practice. ESP includes publications of top authors from all over the world, at an international level, including rigorous research from Greece and South/Eastern Europe. Building on cutting-edge research and the expertise of its scientists-practitioners, ESP aspires to become a protagonist in the international mental health arena, while preserving its regional specificity and diversity, continuously elevating the bar and challenging our team to make it more visible and raise its impact.