Journal of Clinical Psychology

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Journal of Clinical Psychology  
DisciplineClinical Psychology, psychotherapy
Edited byTimothy R. Elliot, Barry A. Farber (In Session)
Publication details
Publication history
Standard abbreviations
J. Clin. Psychol.
ISSN0021-9762 (print)
1097-4679 (web)
OCLC no.01348731

The Journal of Clinical Psychology is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal covering psychological research, assessment, and practice. It was established in 1945. It covers research on psychopathology, psychodiagnostics, psychotherapy, psychological assessment and treatment matching, clinical outcomes, clinical health psychology, and behavioral medicine.

Each year, four of the monthly issues are dedicated to In Session, a section that focuses on clinical issues that may be encountered by psychotherapists. In Session is editorially independent from the main journal. From 1995 - 1999 it was published as a separate journal titled, In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice.

From time to time, the journal publishes special issues, containing a selection of articles related to a single particularly timely or important theme.

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2011 impact factor of 2.116, ranking it 31st out of 109 journals in the category "Psychology, Clinical."

In 2001, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Psychology agreed to publish, without peer review, five articles on Roger Callahan's Thought Field Therapy.[1][2][3][4][5] In lieu of peer review, critiques were published alongside each article.[6][7][8] The critics agreed that each of the five studies contained serious flaws that rendered them uninterpretable by them and reinforced the conclusion that Thought Field Therapy was a pseudoscience.


  1. ^ Callahan 2001b[not in citation given]
  2. ^ 2001c[not in citation given]
  3. ^ Pignotti & Steinberg, 2001
  4. ^ Sakai et al., 2001
  5. ^ Johnson et al., 2001
  6. ^ McNally, R.J. (2001). Tertullian’s motto and Callahan’s method. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57(10) 1171-1174
  7. ^ Kline, J.P. (2001). Heart Rate Variability does not tap putative efficacy of Thought Field Therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 57 (10), 1187-1192.
  8. ^ Herbert & Gaudiano 2001

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