Special Issue call for papers: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Financial Therapy

September 2021

Aims & scope

The Journal of Financial Therapy is an interdisciplinary journal focused on publishing research that explores the intersection of psychological, relational, and financial factors that impact financial well-being and overall well-being.

The Journal of Financial Therapy is calling for papers for a special issue on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. The journal is looking for submissions from researchers and practitioners who have a critical awareness of how diversity, inclusion, and equity in financial therapy (or related professions) has a powerful influence on the quality of life and wellbeing of our clients.

This special issue will focus on these topics:

(a) Demonstrating diversity, inclusion, and equity issues in financial therapy (and related fields such as mental health disciplines (e.g., social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling) and financial disciplines (e.g., financial planning, financial coaching, financial counseling);

(b) Theoretically informed or evidence-based case studies (i.e., practical cases) to promote inclusion in financial therapy or related fields;

(c) Empirical research about minority (i.e., gender, race, ethnicity, income, etc.) populations in financial therapy or related fields;

(d) Sustainable strategy and policy suggestions supported by theory and research that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in financial therapy or related fields; and

(e) Emerging issues in diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Other topics that contribute to the knowledge and understanding of diversity, inclusion, and equity in financial therapy or related fields are welcome. We encourage various methodologies, including qualitative research, systematic reviews, theoretical papers, and empirical research. Papers that articulate clear connections among theory, research, and practice will be given priority.

Submitted manuscripts should not be published or under review elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to the journal’s standard peer-review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, scientific merit, and relevance to the special issue. Papers accepted for publication will be published in a standard issue of the journal to avoid delay in publication. We expect to publish the special issue in December 2022.

All submissions should follow JFT guidelines and should be submitted online in the usual way for the journal (http://jftonline.org). Authors should indicate that the paper is being submitted for consideration for publication in this special issue; otherwise, the submission will be handled as a regular manuscript.

Paper submissions are due by the 15th of April 2022. All submissions will undergo regular peer review and are not guaranteed to be accepted. If a manuscript is submitted to a special issue but is more appropriate for a regular issue, then the guest editor may transfer the manuscript to the Editor-in-Chief for the regular review process.

The deadline for submissions is the 15th of April 2022. The review process will begin from the due date. For more information, please contact the Editor-in-Chief () or Guest Editor of the Special Issue ().

The special issue was dedicated by the Equity and Inclusion Committee (E&I Committee) of the Financial Therapy Association. Two scholarly members of the E&I committee (Dr. Wookjae Heo and Dr. Abed G. Rabbani) will serve as the guest editor and the guest co-editor for the special issue.


Sarah Asebedo, Ph.D., CFP ®, Texas Tech University, USA (She/Her)

Guest Editors:

Wookjae Heo, Ph.D., Purdue University, USA (He/Him)
Abed G. Rabbani, Ph.D. CFP®, University of Missouri, USA (He/Him)