Psychology From the Margins: Call for Papers

Psychology From the Margins
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: February 17

“Redefining Our Roots: Addressing the Historically Silenced Origins of Psychology Through Research, Practice and Advocacy”

To understand the present moment of psychology, we must examine its past. From conversion therapy to Brown v. Board of Education, psychology has played major roles in both supporting and undermining the well-being of the oppressed and disenfranchised throughout history.

Psychology from the Margins, a student-led, peer-reviewed journal supported by the National Museum for the History of Psychology is seeking submissions for our fifth annual issue. This journal features scholarly work addressing the history of research, practice, and advocacy in psychology, especially as it relates to social justice, social issues, and social change. The purpose of the journal is to fill gaps in the literature by providing an outlet for articles in psychology that highlight stories unrepresented in mainstream historical narratives. This year, we particularly welcome papers that address the theme of issue five- “Redefining Our Roots: Addressing the Historically Silenced Origins of Psychology Through Research, Practice and Advocacy”. We encourage contributions that draw attention to how various fields of psychological research, applied and clinical practice, and advocacy have affected and been affected by minoritized groups and individuals. Manuscripts should be between 15 and 40 pages in length (not including references) and the first author must be an undergraduate or graduate student.

Possible Topics:

  • Considerations related to use of mainstream psychological approaches with minoritized groups in light of histories of marginalization and oppression
  • History of a culturally specific approach and current state of the research
  • History of a harmful psychological practice with minoritized groups
  • Misapplication of psychological knowledge to marginalized groups throughout history and how it is/can be addressed
  • How social justice and advocacy endeavors in the history of psychology informs current practices
  • Modern applications of historical contributions of marginalized psychologists
  • Historical roots of social justice and advocacy within psychology
  • History of marginalized psychologists advocating for equity and justice
  • Explorations of the historical work of underrepresented groups in shaping psychology
  • Explorations of historically appropriated and/or colonized psychological practices or concepts from global communities

Submission Guidelines: Interested authors are welcome to submit an abstract for feedback from the editorial board regarding the topic’s fit and focus for this issue by emailing the editors (see below). Completed manuscripts should be submitted through the Psychology from the Margins portal found at

Questions and correspondence are welcomed and may be directed to Nina Parekh, M.A. ( and Janessa Garcia, M.A. (

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.