9th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


FYI. CfP: Rethinking resilience and post-traumatic growth. Special issue of American Psychologist

Call for papers: Rethinking resilience and posttraumatic growth: The promise of multidisciplinary perspectives in understanding adaptive responses to adversity

Submission deadlines

  • Letter of intent deadline: August 31, 2022
  • Full-length manuscript submission deadline: January 31, 2023

Guest editors

  • Frank J. Infurna, Arizona State University
  • Eranda Jayawickreme, Wake Forest University
  • Brianna Woods-Jaeger, Emory University
  • Alyson K. Zalta, University of California, Irvine

Advisory editor: Lillian Comas-Díaz, associate editor, American Psychologist

Background and rationale

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the catastrophic consequences that the experience of adversity has on numerous outcomes across the lifespan from infancy to old age, including but not limited to health and well-being, social relationship functionality and quality, the home/work dynamic, and confronting social isolation from and bereavement of family and friends. This generational event has coincided with other seismic responses to adversity in society, such as the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements, as well as increased attention to natural disasters (e.g., climate change). Such adverse events have short- and long-term impacts, both good and bad.

The resilience (Infurna & Luthar, 2018; Luthar et al., 2000) and posttraumatic growth (PTG) (Jayawickreme & Blackie, 2014) literatures intersect in this regard, providing conceptual and methodological frameworks to study positive adaptation and risk and protective factors following adversity. However, these frameworks and literatures have also been critiqued on both methodological and theoretical grounds (e.g., Infurna & Jayawickreme, 2021; Jayawickreme, Infurna, et al., 2021; Tennen & Affleck, 2009).

Resilience and PTG research have been instrumental in documenting the human capacity to adapt to adversity. Given the appeal, various narratives have emerged with regard to how likely resilience and PTG are to occur. Research originating in developmental psychology has documented the ordinariness of resilience (Masten, 2001), which is analogous to longstanding research on PTG, which claims that perceptions of growth following adversity and trauma is widely reported (Tedeschi et al., 2018).

Conversely, recent research has highlighted conceptual and methodological limitations of this research (Infurna & Jayawickreme, 2019), which together highlight numerous unanswered questions regarding the nature of resilience and PTG. One theme that cuts across these narratives is that the degree to which resilience and PTG arise is dependent on whether individuals and communities have the psychological and social resources to rely upon that can lead to such a transformation (Hobfoll et al., 2015; Luthar et al., 2000).

The overarching objective of this special issue is to rethink our understanding of resilience and PTG by targeting five key areas that are underdeveloped and warrant further attention at the theoretical/conceptual and empirical level. The credibility of current resilience and PTG research acrossthe lifespan has been questioned on both theoretical and methodological grounds (e.g., the statistical assumptions influence the degree to which persons display resilience, and the drawbacks of using retrospective assessments of perceived growth; Infurna & Jayawickreme, 2019).

We therefore anticipate articles that critique current perspectives on resilience and PTG, provide novel theoretical and empirical insights, and highlight the possibilities and challenges of interventions with attention to when adversity transpires across the lifespan.

Research examining the relevance and importance of resilience and PTG in the context of marginalized communities has been severely lacking. Leading resilience frameworks that explore individual, contextual and cultural differences are not well-integrated with PTG theory and research. Therefore, an emphasis would be to examine the intersection of our current understanding of resilience/PTG and issues related to social injustices across race, ethnicity, gender, and other marginalized social identities.

Resilience and PTG in the context of broader societal challenges will emphasize articles that span key events, such as natural disasters, systemic racism, and military deployment. For many of these broader societal challenges, the resulting trauma and adversity is ongoing, but has yet to be included in much of the resilience and PTG literature. Thus, anticipated articles will cover how what constitutes resilience/PTG differs depending on the type of adversity, its impact on daily life, its time scale and chronicity, and the accessibility and availability of resources to promote positive outcomes.

Clarifying the ecological influences that impact resilience and PTG represents another important (and hitherto underexamined) question. For example, specific cultural narratives of resilience and PTG(e.g., redemption; McLean & Syed, 2015) highlight specific outcomes associated with being resilient and experiencing growth. However, such broad narratives may be experienced as oppressive or inconsistent with lived experience by different communities (BIPOC; people living with disabilities; specific religious communities). A more nuanced and inclusive comprehension of resilience and PTG therefore requires both an understanding of how master narratives can negatively impact different communities, as well as how those communities think about and value specific positive outcomes in response to adversity.

We also want to acknowledge and examine key pathways for enhancing resilience and PTG in response to adversity and trauma through intervention. The likelihood of resilience and PTG rests on the resources that individuals and communities have available to them, such as psychological and social (among others). In this regard, can empirical findings be harnessed to enhance resilience and PTG? If so, how specifically can empirical findings be translated to develop interventions, does this differ based on age in the lifespan, context, the type of adversity, and culture? Efforts to push people to grow after trauma may be controversial (Roepke et al., 2021), suggesting that attention needs to be placed on what are the benefits and drawbacks of such interventions? Additionally, interventions for resilience have been individually focused despite our knowledge that communal factors greatly impact the likelihood of resilience and PTG.
Special issue aims

This special issue of the American Psychologist aims to highlight theoretical and empirical advances toward resilience and posttraumatic growth (PTG) through a multidisciplinary lens.

The goals of this special issue are (a) to draw together research and theory from resilience and PTG to promote a deeper and more systematic understanding of the short- and long-term impacts of adversity, (b) to bring together a collection of articles from diverse disciplines of psychology, including but not limited to clinical, cultural, developmental, health, social/personality, and quantitative, as well as related interdisciplinary fields of social work and public health and (c) to promote a more rigorous approach in this research enterprise going forward.

We are interested in manuscripts that present new theoretical/conceptual frameworks or empirical papers that make significant contributions to theoretical/conceptual thinking for studying resilience and PTG, emphasize and explore the intersection of resilience/PTG across race, ethnicity, gender, nations, and other marginalized groups, and discuss innovative methodological and intervention advancements in the study of resilience and PTG.

The proposed special issue promises to showcase innovative conceptual/theoretical and empirical research across disciplines that answer key questions concerning resilience and PTG through the incorporation of multidisciplinary perspectives across psychology and related disciplines.
Submission details

Authors interested in contributing a manuscript for this special issue are asked to submit a letter of intent by August 31, 2022.

Letters of intent should include the following: (1) tentative title; (2) brief description of the proposed submission (500 words max) that also includes a justification of how it contributes to the aims of the special issue; and (3) author affiliations and contact information for the corresponding author. Letters should be emailed to one of the four coguest editors with subject line “AP Special Issue on Resilience and PTG”.

Decisions on proposals and invitations to submit full manuscripts will be emailed to potential contributors by September 15, 2022.

Full manuscripts should comply with American Psychologist’s submission guidelines (including manuscript length) which can be found on the American Psychologist home page.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the journal’s manuscript submission portal by January 31, 2023.

This special issue of American Psychologist will bring together creative and rigorous theoretical/conceptual and empirical papers from multiple disciplines and methodologies to illustrate the opportunities and challenges of multi-disciplinary perspectives to studying resilience and PTG. We encourage submissions from early-career scholars and those from underrepresented groups.
Eranda Jayawickreme, Ph.D
Wake Forest University
PO Box 7778
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
336-758-6192 (phone)
717-341-9710 (cell)
336-758-4733 (fax)

Harold W. Tribble Professor of Psychology
Director, Growth Initiative Lab
Senior Research Fellow, Program for Leadership and Character
Associate Editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: PPID
Associate Editor, Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being

WSC 2022: Information for delegates

With only two weeks to go, make sure to check back regularly for updates on our Information for Delegates webpage. Recent additions include an unlimited €9 monthly ticket for public transport around Germany, safety consideration at the event, and directions from the conference hotel to the venue. We will continue to update the page with useful information as it becomes available. See you in Berlin!!

FYI. Journal of Critical Dietetics seeks administrative assistant.


The Journal of Critical Dietetics (JCD) is the international, open-access, online, peer-reviewed journal of World Critical Dietetics. JCD publishes research, writing, and art, that illuminates critical perspectives on topics and issues of relevance to dietetic knowledge, education, and practice. In this context, the word “critical” refers to research, writing, and art that seeks to advance anti-oppressive, liberatory knowledge and action within and through dietetics. JCD publishes works in several categories, including original empirical and theoretical research; research conducted using quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, and arts informed methods; reflexive writing; art and photography; book reviews; and opinion pieces. JCD is published up to four times per year, and includes regular and special, topically-focused issues. 

The Administrative Assistant is a member of the JCD Editorial Collective and provides ongoing administrative support to the Editor(s) and Associate Editors. 

More information: https://criticaldieteticsblog.com/2022/06/30/seeking-admin-assistant-for-jcd/

Deadline: 8 July, 2022

WSC 2022: Last call for poster abstracts

With just over 2 weeks to go till WSC 2022, you still have a few days to submit a poster abstract! Deadline for submissions is midnight (GMT) on 4th July, 2022. Submit your abstract here: https://weightstigmaconference.com/abstract-submission/

FYI. ASDAH seeks new team members (paid positions)


ASDAH is growing! We’re excited to be expanding our team for the 2022-2023 Board Year. We’re hiring five paid positions to support our expanding and evolving work, including a Virtual Assistant, Education and Training Leader, Media and Communications Leader, and two Project Associates for the Abolish the BMI Coalition project. Positions will be posted throughout July and August 2022.

The application for the Virtual Assistant position is now open through July 10th. For further details and to apply, please visit: https://asdah.org/join-the-team/

We strongly encourage those with lived experience facing fatphobia apply, in particular Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, disabled folks, transgender folks, and superfat & infinifat folks. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US.

Help us reach the best of the best candidates! Know someone who might be a good fit? Please pass this on.

FYI. Fat studies: Rights, personhood, disposability, 6-8 July 2022 (virtual)


Fat Studies: Rights, Personhood, Disposability conference (virtual).

This online conference will provide the opportunity for academics and activists around the world to consider fat rights, personhood, and disposability.

Fat Studies is a post-disciplinary field of study that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of “fatness” and “the fat body”; explores fat bodies as they live in, are shaped by, and remake the world; and theorises how society conceptualises and pathologises fat bodies. Fat Studies scholars identify and discuss mainstream and alternative discourses on fatness, analyse size as a social justice issue at the intersection of oppression, and critically appraise size oppression as it is manifested in various societal institutions (medicine, media, education, etc).

For more information about the programme and to register, please visit: https://www.fsnz.org/fsnz-2022#20summary

FYI. Fat Studies journal seeks new EIC


Would you like to be the Editor-in-Chief of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body
Weight and Society?
Fat Studies is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief with an academic background in the
scholarship and theory that relates to body weight and appearance. It is a significant role,
with high profile, but one that is achievable within a continuing busy working academic
The successful candidate will be responsible for editorial oversight, decision-making on
submissions, and driving the journal forward during an exciting period of change. They will
have authority to accept articles following suitable peer review and will ensure that
reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics.
Taylor & Francis will provide remuneration for the role to cover any journal-related
expenses, assist in organizing regular board meetings, and supply annual reports reflecting
on the performance of the Journal. The Journal utilizes the online editorial office system
Editorial Manager.
Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you will build
your own networks, promote the research that you are passionate about, and be recognized
as a leading figure within the academic community.
Interested in applying? Here are the skills and attributes we would be looking for in a
successful applicant:
• Active involvement in the research community with strong personal networks
• Confidence to engage with authors and researchers to solicit the highest quality
• Awareness of the scholarly publishing landscape, particularly as it relates to open
• Strong organizational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely
• The ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues such as associate
editors and editorial board members
The role will formally begin on January 1, 2023. There will be an agreed handover period
with the out-going Editor-in-Chief to ensure seamless transition.
Submitting your Application
If you would like to apply for the position of Editor-in-Chief please forward your CV, a cover
letter, and a vision statement to Alexandra Kanovsky
(Alexandra.kanovsky@taylorandfrancis.com) by September 1, 2022. Your vision statement
should be no longer than two pages and should cover:

Information Classification: General

• Where you believe the field is going, and the journal’s place within it
• How you would work in partnership with the editorial board
• How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
• How you would work with authors

WSC Draft programme and last day for Early Bird Registration

We are very excited to announce the draft programme for this year’s Weight Stigma Conference. Check it out here: https://weightstigmaconference.com/draft-programme-2022/

And today is the last day for early bird registration rates. Register now to get the reduced rates!

Ticket Types

  • Standard registration: Early bird rate (until 14 June, 2022) is €80. From 15 June, standard rate will be €100.
  • Student/low income: Early bird rate (until 14 June, 2022) is €50. From 15 June, student/low income rate will be €60.
  • To assist in developing local networks, the German Association against Weight Discrimination is able to sponsor 20 tickets for students and unfunded activists in Germany at a rate of €20. This ticket type is strictly limited, and if you are in this category but able to afford the higher-rate ticket, we’d be grateful if you would register in a higher band.

Poster Abstract Submissions

Don’t forget that abstracts are still being accepted for poster presentations. To submit an abstract, visit https://weightstigmaconference.com/abstract-submission/

Bursary Fund

And finally, we are still accepting donations to our crowdfunded Bursary Fund. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors and sponsors, we are now also able to provide some travel assistance to those who need it. If you haven’t already, please do consider making even a small donation via the Donate button on our homepage, our Go Fund Me page, or when registering to attend the conference through our ticketing site. These funds are ring-fenced for increasing accessibility and your donations continue to make a huge difference to those who would otherwise not be able to attend.

FYI. Sat 11 June: Association for Size Diversity and Health virtual conference


The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) conference is being held virtually this weekend on Saturday 11th June.

The theme of this year’s event is: Intersectional Liberation: What is Required of the Health at Every Size® Framework? Keynote speakers include Imani Barbarin, disability rights and inclusion activist and Da’Shaun Harrison, author of Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness and Anti-Blackness. For the full programme and to register, please visit https://asdah.org/conference/.

FYI. CfP: How we over-rely on BMI, AMA Journal of Ethics

FYI. Note, WSC not involved in wording of this CfP. Guest editors aware of problematic framing. Please contact them directly with any queries.

Call for papers for special issue of AMA Journal of Ethics, July 2023: How We Over Rely on BMI

Patients who are fat or perceived as fat are commonly characterized by many clinicians as unreliable narrators of their own health histories, and negative bias can undermine diagnoses, intervention decisions, and even what some clinicians think fat patients deserve. Fat is widely considered a clinical threat and obesity is a descriptor applied to patients with BMIs at or over 30. While weight and BMI can be helpful clinical indicators, many of its applications are overvalued, imprecise, contested, and can incur substantial iatrogenic harm. This theme issue examines clinical and ethical shortcomings of medicine’s current approach to fat.

We invite manuscripts for the July 2023 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics® that consider wide-ranging perspectives on interrogating BMI uses in fat persons’ marginalization as a source of iatrogenic harm and other kindred topics of clinical, ethical, social, and cultural importance.

Manuscripts submitted for peer review consideration and inclusion in this issue must follow Instructions for Authors and be submitted by 30 August 2022

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