Call for Chapters: Cases on Applied and Therapeutic Humor


Dr. Michael K. Cundall, Jr.
Dr. Stephanie E. Kelly

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: August 30, 2020
Full Chapters Due: September 1, 2021
Submission Date: October 1, 2021


Are you in a medical or healthcare field? Do you have experience using humor or seeing humor used in your practice? If so, please consider sharing your story as a case to be included in an upcoming case studies book.

This edited text will collect examples of the use of humor in medical care settings from medical care professionals. These cases will be reviewed for content and then sent out to humor researchers for an evaluation and response. Recent evidence indicates that humor is an important aspect of a person's health and studies have shown that increased levels of humor help with stress, pain tolerance, and overall patient health outcomes. This text will allow readers to understand some of the issues, for good and ill, that arise in the use of humor in a patient care setting. Many health care providers are hesitant to use humor in their practice for fear of offense or failure. Understanding more how and why humor works as well as some of the issues related to real world examples will help practitioners be more facile in their use and understanding of humor in medical care.

This new anthology on humor and medical practice being published by IGI Global and edited by Dr. Stephanie Kelly, Associate Professor of Business Communication and Dr. Michael K. Cundall, Jr., Associate Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina A&T State University, will consist of two types of articles. The first type is a case study article wherein medical/healthcare professionals describe a case of humor being used in a healthcare setting of which they were a part. They will also provide their personal assessment of the effectiveness of the humor (e.g., whether he humor was used well or poorly) in the case described. These case submissions should range from 2500-3500 words.

The second article is a response to the case studies by expert humor scholars. The firsthand accounts provided will be the basis for humor scholars to provide a response based on issues in humor research. These analyses will cover topics ranging from propriety, effectiveness, perception, and cultural variables, among others. The goal of these analyses is to provide professionals with a deeper understanding of the role humor can play as well as guidance as to the effective and meaningful use of humor in medical/healthcare settings.


The purpose of the text is to bring together medical care professionals and seasoned humor researchers to engage in a larger discussion of humor in medical care. Instead of providing solely examples, or theoretical discourse, this text will allow for the practitioner's examples and opinions to be discussed and explored by professional researchers. Humor in medical care is typically addressed in letters to editors, or as an add-on, in the literature. This text will place, for the first time, the content of medical care and humor front and center and then create a truly interdisciplinary setting to treat these issues.

Target Audience

This text is aimed to serve medical students; researchers interested in health, humor and medical care; health care professionals interested in enhancing their care with humor; and humor researchers in general.

Recommended Topics

Humor as a treatment option
Humor in counseling
Humorous faux pas
Using Humor to alleviate pain, stress, etc.
When humor goes too far and why
Issues to be aware of when using humor

Submission Procedure

Case studies are expected to be submitted by September 1, 2020, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. 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, Cases on Applied and Therapeutic Humor. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


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 2021.

Important Dates

August 1, 2020: Proposal September 1, 2020 : full chapters (case and response) due


If you are interested in writing a case for this anthology, please send a 100-200 word abstract to Michael K. Cundall at and Stephanie Kelly at

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