Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.

Editorial Board

David A. Adler, M.D.

Regina Bussing, M.D., M.S.H.S.

Javier I. Escobar, M.D.

Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D.

Richard K. Harding, M.D.

Marcela Horvitz-Lennon, M.D., M.P.H. 

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, M.D.

Ramin Mojtabai, M.D., Ph.D.

Mark R. Munetz, M.D.  

Martha Sajatovic, M.D.

Gregory E. Simon, M.D., M.P.H.

T. Scott Stroup, M.D., M.P.H.

Editor Emeritus

John A. Talbott, M.D.

Book Review Editor

Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H.

Books to be considered for review should be sent to Dr. Geller at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, Massachusetts 01655; jeffrey.geller@umassmed.edu. Book reviewers are selected by Dr. Geller; potential reviewers should contact him.

Contributing Editors

Authors are advised to contact the column editor regarding the suitability of a topic before submission. Because most columns must fit onto three typeset pages, submissions are limited to 2,500 total words, including no more than ten references and a 100-word abstract. Exceptions to these limits are noted below for specific columns. With the exception of Personal Accounts, all submissions are subject to peer review.

Best Practices: Marcela Horvitz-Lennon, M.D., mhorvitz@rand.org

Best Practices aims to help administrators, policy makers, and clinicians understand how evidence translates into practice. The column welcomes descriptions of the processes that lead to the establishment of best psychiatric practices. Examples of such descriptions of processes include experiences with studies of variability in practice that establish benchmarks or improve on existing benchmarks for psychiatric treatments; strategies and tactics that successfully promote the dissemination of best practices; and descriptions of emerging, broad-based expert consensus or policy statements, supported by comprehensive literature reviews. The column rarely accepts single-site descriptions of treatment programs. Nor does it accept evidence-based studies per se, and therefore avoids the formal research study format. But selected data are encouraged if they support the central themes of the paper.

Case Studies in Public-Sector Leadership: Jules M. Ranz, M.D., jmr1@columbia.edu, Susan M. Deakins, M.D., smd3@columbia.edu, and Stephanie Le Melle, M.D., sml35@columbia.edu

This column demonstrates the use of an electronic mailing list (e-list) to generate a collaborative problem-solving process. The process is modeled on key features of the academic curriculum of the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship (PPF) (ppf.hs.columbia.edu). PPF alumni who encounter management problems at their work site present the problem to current PPF fellows and faculty and lead a discussion aimed at developing solutions. The structure for this column starts with an introductory e-list message describing a management problem, which leads to a summary of the responses and concludes with a strategy for dealing with the management problem, as informed by the e-list discussion. Length

Datapoints: Amy M. Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.P.H., amykilbo@umich.edu, and Tami L. Mark, Ph.D., tami.mark@truvenhealth.com

Datapoints encourages the rapid dissemination of relevant and timely findings related to clinical and policy issues in psychiatry. National or international data, especially from large representative databases, are preferred. The editors are particularly interested in data that can be accessed by other researchers. Topics may include differences or trends in diagnosis and practice patterns or in treatment modalities, especially across different care settings or in the context of new policies or payment sources. The analyses should be straightforward, so that the data displayed tell a clear story. The text should follow the standard research format and include a brief introduction, description of the methods and data set, description of the results, and comments on the implications or meanings of the findings. Length: Datapoints columns must include one figure or table, and because the column is limited to one printed page, it is therefore limited to 350–400 words. Submissions with multiple authors are discouraged because of space constraints; submissions with more than four authors should include justification for additional authors.

Economic Grand Rounds: Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., ssharfstein@sheppardpratt.org; Haiden A. Huskamp, Ph.D., huskamp@hcp.med.harvard.edu; and Alison Evans Cuellar, Ph.D., aevanscu@gmu.edu

Economic Grand Rounds aims to provide information to clinicians, researchers, and policy makers to elucidate economic aspects and consequences of current policies and practices. The column welcomes submissions describing findings of empirical analyses of economic issues, policy discussions of economic issues, or review and commentary on literature focused on economic issues. Examples include the impact of federal parity and health reform legislation on access, spending, and quality of care; diffusion of new mental health and substance use disorder treatments; the effects of supported employment interventions for individuals with severe mental disorders on use of mental health services, total expenditures, and quality of life; the consequences of cost-effectiveness studies for mental health policies; and the impact of new models of organizing and financing health care, such as bundled payments to accountable care organizations. Length

Frontline Reports: Francine Cournos, M.D., fc15@columbia.edu, and Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D., smgoldfingermd@aol.com

Frontline Reports feature short descriptions of novel approaches to mental health problems or creative applications of established concepts in different settings. Any statements about program effectiveness must be accompanied by supporting data within the text. Length: Material submitted is limited to 750 words, with a maximum of three authors and no abstract, references, tables, or figures.

Integrated Care: Benjamin G. Druss, M.D., M.P.H., bdruss@emory.edu

Integrated Care focuses on service delivery and policy issues encountered at the general medical–psychiatric interface. Submissions are welcomed on topics related to the identification and treatment of (a) common mental disorders in primary care settings in the public and private sectors and (b) general medical problems in public mental health settings. Review of policy issues related to the care of comorbid general medical and psychiatric conditions are also welcomed, as are descriptions of current integration efforts at the local, state, or federal level. Submissions that address care integration in non-U.S. settings are also encouraged. Length

Law & Psychiatry: Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., psa21@columbia.edu

Law & Psychiatry offers descriptions and explanations of major legal issues related to psychiatry, including judicial decisions, legislation, and regulation. Legal issues addressed in the column may affect mental health practice or the application of psychiatric knowledge in the courts. The column does not serve as a venue for the publication of original empirical data, although citation of empirical studies in support of an argument is welcome. Columns should be written so that clinicians unfamiliar with legal writing will find them comprehensible. Length

Global Mental Health Reforms: José Miguel Caldas de Almeida, M.D., caldasjm@fcm.unl.pt, and Matt Muijen, M.D., Ph.D., mfm@euro.who.int

This column explores the impact of innovative policies and services across the globe and aims to raise awareness about these initiatives beyond national borders. It provides an opportunity to present innovative programs to policy makers, health care administrators, and practitioners. Welcome are contributions that describe progress in mental health and related areas, such as social services, education, and employment, and that aim to improve population well-being or the quality of care for people with mental disorders. Especially welcome are program evaluations with generalizable findings. Length

Personal Accounts: Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H., jeffrey.geller@umassmed.edu

Patients, family members, and mental health professionals are invited to submit first-person accounts of experiences with mental illness and treatment for the Personal Accounts column. Authors may publish under a pseudonym if they wish, and material is not subject to peer review. Length: Maximum length is 1,600 words.

Research and Services Partnerships: Lisa B. Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., dixonli@nyspi.columbia.edu, and Brian Hepburn, M.D., bhepburn@dhmh.state.md.us

Research and Services Partnerships aims to illustrate how partnerships among various stakeholders can improve mental health services and outcomes. Stakeholders can include but are not necessarily limited to administrators, policy makers, clinicians, consumers, and family members. The column welcomes descriptions of the processes that initiate and enhance effective partnerships. The prototypical partnership explored in this column historically connected academia and the public sector; however, the editors now invite descriptions of partnerships across the spectrum of mental health services. The focus of a column can be on the development of a clinical service (such as early intervention) or a process (such as a small grants program to encourage research in community programs). The editors look for text and narrative that will help others replicate or learn from the partnership experience and for innovative strategies and results. Length

State Mental Health Policy: Fred C. Osher, M.D., fosher@csg.org, and Marvin S. Swartz, M.D., marvin.swartz@duke.edu

State Mental Health Policy aims to help administrators, policy makers, and clinicians understand how state policies affect the delivery of effective treatment and support services and how innovation can be translated into effective state policy. Variation in the implementation of federal policy at the state level can also be a substantive area for submissions. Lessons learned or barriers surmounted are useful components of successful submissions. The column will accept single-site descriptions of treatment or support programs when they can be linked to statewide implementation or state policy reforms. Program and policy descriptions must be placed in the context of the state in which they occur and address the generalizability of the practice or policy across states. Length


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Deborah R. Medoff, Ph.D.

Editorial Consultants

Joseph M. Cerimele, M.D.

Julie M. Donohue, Ph.D.

Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D.

M. Susan Ridgely, J.D.

Laura Van Tosh

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