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FYI. CfP Special issue on Time in Stigma & Health Research


Call for Papers: Stigma and Health is therefore hosting a special issue focused on the role of time in stigma and health research.

Special Issue Guest Editors: Valerie A. Earnshaw & Annie B. Fox
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2023

Stigma is constantly changing, whether at the societal level, with human development, or simply over time. Despite the inherent fluidity of stigma, our theories, research, and interventions typically treat associations between stigma and health as stagnant.

We seek high quality manuscripts that consider associations between stigma and health in relation to three timescales:

(1) Structural change: possible topics include characterizing changes in structural-level stigma over time, including how these changes impact individual-level experiences of stigma and health outcomes; (2) Human development: possible topics include identifying sensitive periods for stigma, and characterizing how experiences of stigma change over the life course and impact health; and (3) Stigma course: possible topics include studies of how experiences of stigma, and associations between stigma and health, evolve as stigmatized statuses are gained or lost.

Further information: https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/sah/time-stigma-health-research

FYI. NIHR Programme Public Health Research funding


The NIHR Programme Public Health Research (PHR) is accepting Stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for the topic: 22/80 Interventions to promote mental health and wellbeing among young women

PHR commissions research to answer the following research question:

·         What interventions are effective to promote good mental health and wellbeing among young women aged 12-24?

The PHR Programme is predominantly interested in the evaluation of interventions operating at a population level rather than at an individual level, which should address health inequalities and the wider determinants of health. The PHR Programme recognises that interventions might focus on young women’s experience of trauma, violence and abuse and use a trauma-informed approach. However, this call is not for evaluations of interventions that tackle or treat issues resulting from specific pathologies, for example eating disorders.

Research areas of interest could include (but are not limited to):

·         Public mental health interventions that focus on prevention of mental ill-health among young women.

·         Evaluations of interventions where the primary focus of the intervention is not necessarily on improving and promoting good mental health but the outcome might impact on wellbeing and mental health (positively and negatively). This could include, for example, gender specific youth projects which support young women living in poverty.

·         Programmes for young women’s mental health that take a whole communities approach. This could include interventions:

·         around settings such as schools, colleges, universities, work places, leisure services and venues, places of worship, community groups and services, health centres, criminal justice services; or

·         focusing on specific population groups such as young women from ethnic minority groups, young women who identify as LGBTQ+, or young women facing different forms of disadvantage.

·         Evaluations of interventions that address the multiple, interacting disadvantages that affect the most marginalised young women.

·         Evaluations of interventions to support pregnant young women for example, interventions to enhance social networks.

·         Evaluations of interventions that take a holistic, person-centred approach.

·         Peer support interventions.

·         Interventions related to social media / online images and messages.

Stage 1 deadline: 1pm on 29 November 2022


NIHR are holding a webinar on Wednesday 28 September, 14:45–16:00, to support applications to this (and other commissioned workstreams). To sign up for the webinar click on the link above.

FYI. Two senior positions at Centre for Appearance Research


The Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England, UK, is currently hiring for two senior positions. Seeking team-focussed individuals with strong international profiles & excellent track records of leadership in appearance research:

1 x Prof/Assoc Prof http://tinyurl.com/4zdb7uyt

1 x Assoc Prof: http://tinyurl.com/mta8w589

Closing date for both positions: 1st September 2022

FYI. Academic positions at University of Essex, UK


Posting on behalf of myself (Angela Meadows): The Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, UK, is currently hiring at the Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Senior Lecturer and Reader (Associate Professor) levels. The department is particularly strong in cognitive/neuroscience but it’d be great to beef up the social/personality cohort, especially those with an interest in stigma and prejudice. The location is great and the people are lovely. Feel free to message me (drameadows at gmail) to chat in private about the role and institution.

Deadline: 4th September, 2022

More info: https://vacancies.essex.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=951655QiIm&WVID=9918109NEm&LANG=USA

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

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