Call for Chapters: Deconstructing Stigma in Mental Health


Brittany A. Canfield, MS, MA

Holly A. Cunningham, Psy.D, LASAC

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: April 3, 2017
Full Chapters Due: April 30, 2017
Submission Date: July 30, 2017


Stigma continues to play an integral role in the multifaceted issues facing mental health. While identifying a clear operational definition of stigma has been a challenge in the field, the issues related to stigma as a whole include ignorance, prejudice and discrimination. These issues transfer within the daily practices within mental health via the clinicians, educators, researchers and policy makers, which grossly effect not only the mental health population, but society as a whole. The proposed title, Deconstructing Stigma in Mental Health, will address the history of stigma in mental health, the current perpetuation of stigma in mental health, the many facets of stigma highlighting areas such as gender, race, and class, and attempt to address a "reconstruction" of the mental health field post-stigma.


The proposed book will serve as an educational and practical resource for educators, researchers, and practitioners in the field of psychology, but also in intersectional fields related to culture and the human experience. The value of this proposed publication is three fold: (1) to provide historical context of stigma in the mental health field; (2) through intersectional collaboration, current issues and resolutions attempts will be explored to reduce stigma in multiple settings as they relate to mental health issues; and (3) serve as a platform for intersectional problem solving and collaboration for the deconstruction of stigma in mental health.

Target Audience

This publication is intended for mental health administrators and clinicians, researchers, educators, policy makers, social advocates and activists, social services, and intersectionality studies to include gender, race and class. Potential uses include: new research on stigma and its role in mental health; the perpetuation of stigma; barriers to reducing and/or preventing stigma; methods to reduce the perpetuation of stigma in mental health; and the intersectionality of stigma to include gender, race and class.

Recommended Topics

Defining Stigma
History of Stigma in Mental Health
The Stigma of Gender, Race and Class in Mental Health
Intersectionality Studies on Mental Health
Perpetuation of Stigma in Mental Health
Barriers to Reducing Stigma in Mental Health
Current Stigma in Mental Health and Other Fields
Stigma in Policy Making
Stigma in Education
Stigma in Clinical Practice
Stigma and Human Rights
The Role of Society in Stigma
The Criminalization of Mental Health
Social Psychology Views of Stigma
Special Issues
Reconstructing Mental Health Without Stigma

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or beforeApril 3, 2017, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by April 5, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 30, 2017 and Revised Chapter Submission from Chapter Authors by July 30, 2017. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Identifying, Treating, and Preventing Childhood Trauma in Rural Communities. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


This 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 This publication is anticipated to be released in 2017.

Important Dates

April 3, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline
April 5, 2017: Notification of Acceptance
April 30, 2017: Full Chapter Submission
June 30, 2017: Review Results Returned
July 30, 2017: Revised Chapter Submission
August 15, 2017: Final Acceptance Notification
August 30, 2017: Final Chapter Submission


Brittany A. Canfield, MS, MA

Holly A. Cunningham, Psy.D, LASAC