Call for Chapters: Psychosocial Studies of the Individual's Changing Perspectives in Alzheimer's Disease
EditorsCordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor UCI
Ruobing Li, M. A, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, UCI
Myron Orleans, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus of Sociology, CSU
Call for ChaptersProposals Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014
Full Chapters Due: July 30, 2014
For release in the Advances in Psychology, Mental Health, and Behavioral Studies (APMHBS) Book Series
The Advances in Psychology, Mental Health, and Behavioral Studies (APMHBS) book series presents comprehensive research publications focusing on topics relating to the human psyche, cognition, psychiatric care, mental and developmental disorders, as well as human behavior and interaction. Featuring diverse and innovative research, publications within APMHBS are ideally designed for use by mental health professionals, academicians, researchers, and upper-level students.
As specialists we are fully aware that Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting an estimated 5.3 million Americans (Alzheimer’s Association, 2013) and 44.4 million people worldwide (Alzheimer’s disease International, 2013). Researchers, steeped in the predominant biomedical model of AD, are aggressively pursuing knowledge about etiology, earliest biological markers, and treatment, with far less attention being paid to the human experience of living with this still stigmatizing condition.
Unfortunately, conceptions of the person with AD as “a shell” and “dead already” continue to permeate our cultural understanding of AD. Consequently, many unwarranted and erroneous assumptions are made regarding the level of awareness, degree of consciousness, and subjective experience of persons with the disease at various stages. It is widely presumed that these latter internal dimensions of the person dissolve as the disease progresses. In a seminal work, Tom Kitwood (1997) described how a social psychological environment characterized by a belief that the “person” in AD is non-existent leads to inhumane care.
A deeper understanding of how the person experiences and responds to AD is needed to reduce stigma associated with this disorder worldwide (Alzheimer’s Disease International, 2012), improve quality of life, and humanize care. Aspects of the individual, such as identity, the self, consciousness, and awareness, while dramatically affected by neurodegeneration in AD, persist in a variety of ways, as will be analyzed by authors who contribute to this volume.
ObjectiveAbout 20-25 research articles on the “phenomenology of Alzheimer's” will be included. We ask researchers to submit studies of the transitioning states of consciousness in individuals with AD as the disease advances. We will integrate the findings culled from the individual studies. We believe that research articles in the collection will each make significant contributions to a currently under-researched aspect of Alzheimer's disease, and the collection as a whole will set an agenda to guide ongoing re-conceptualizations of the individual’s experience and innovative research, practice and caregiving in the field.
Target AudienceThere is a widespread need to humanize Alzheimer’s disease and, hence, our target audience is broad. We are targeting professional care providers, program administrators and developers, clinicians, instructors/trainers, program staff, technical support personnel and researchers, plus undergraduate and graduate students. We believe all of these audiences will find helpful materials that reinforce and enhance their work. The book will be relevant to various disciplines, e. g, geriatrics, gerontology, dementia care, psychology, social and behavioral sciences, and others.
Recommended Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The experience of early onset Alzheimer's Disease
- Changing concepts to the self in the Alzheimer's progression
- Identity shifts in AD
- Definitions of consciousness in AD
- Awareness of changes
- Perceptual states in moderate-to-severe AD
- Cognitive alterations
- Relational perceptions
- Spiritual dimensions
- Meaningful communications
- Intentionality in later AD
Submission ProcedureResearchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 500-word proposal explaining the subject, mission and concerns of his or her proposed contribution in relation to the themes indicated above by June 15, 2014. Submissions should be made through the link at the bottom of this page. Proposers will be notified by June 16, 2014 regarding the status of their proposals. Authors will be expected to adhere to publisher format guidelines. Completed chapters are to be submitted by July 30, 2014. All submitted articles will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
PublisherThis book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.
Important DatesProposal Submission due: June 15, 2014
Notifications of Acceptance: June 16, 2014
Full Chapter Submission: July 30, 2014
Review Results to Authors: September 30, 2014
Revised Chapter Submission: October 30, 2014
Final Notifications: November 15, 2014
Editorial Advisory Board
- Dr. Malcolm Dick, Neuropsychologist, University of California, Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND).
- Dr. Pauline Abbott, Director Emerita, CSU Fullerton Institute of Gerontology.
- Dr. Rosalie Gilford, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Fellow in the Institute of Gerontology at California State University (CSU), Fullerton.
- Dr. Tony Bell, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, California State University (CSU), Fullerton.
- Dr. Jordan Kosberg, The University of Alabama Endowed Chair of Social Work, Professor Emeritus, Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA).
- Dr. George Getzel, Professor Emeritus at Hunter College of CUNY School of Social Work, Clinical Consultant and Educator at The Actors Fund.
- Pamala McGovern, Former President Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of California Irvine; Former Executive Director of the Council on Aging - Orange County.
- Dr. Susan McFadden, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
InquiriesDr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke, email@example.com
Li, Ruobing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Myron Orleans, email@example.com