CALL for PAPERS: Clinical high risk for mental illness: transdiagnostic framework, detection strategies, assessment, treatment and outcome


Guest Editors

  • Tommaso Boldrini, Ph.D., Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome; Department of Developmental and Socialization Psychology, University of Padova;
  • Marco Solmi, Ph.D., MD, Department of Neurosciences and Neurosciences Center, University of Padua, Padua, Italy; Early Psychosis: Interventions and Clinical-detection (EPIC) Lab, Department of Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, London, UK.

Editor in Chief
Prof. Silvia Salcuni, Ph.D., Department of Developmental and Socialization Psychology, University of Padua, Italy.


Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome (RIPPPO) is inviting manuscripts of different types (e.g., theoretical perspectives, empirical researches and systematic reviews) for a special issue focused on prevention in psychiatry, and in particular in evidence on help-seeking adolescents or young adults suffering from subthreshold psychiatric symptoms, and impairment in psychosocial functioning. Such subjects have been described as being “at-risk” for psychosis, but only a small portion of them actually later develop psychosis. Specifically stressing intervention implications, we invite authors expert in the field as well as their trainees, doctoral and postdoctoral fellows, to propose papers that address a clearly defined question or issue in one of the following aspects of research in “at-risk” subjects:

  1. Trans-diagnostic approach: a debate is ongoing whether trans-diagnostic approaches are ready to replace categorial ones in the field of prevention in psychiatry. Historical, theoretical and methodological reviews are welcome.
  2. Detection strategies: psychosis prevention services struggle to detect subjects at risk for psychosis. Findings or illustration of rationale on alternative settings to screen for early subthreshold mental illness symptoms are welcome.
  3. Assessment: findings on instruments to assess whether a subject is or is not at risk for psychosis, or to measure other relevant clinical variables in subjects at risk for psychosis are welcome. Adaptations in different languages of pre-existing instruments are also welcome.
  4. Different at-risk definition criteria are being used across the world. Findings on the state of the art, or on novel proposed criteria are welcome.
  5. Clinical or neuroscience-based relevant constructs: prevention in psychiatry is just going through its infancy. Findings on the state of the art or on novel clinical, psychopathological, or neuroscientific findings in at-risk subjects are welcome.
  6. Interventions and outcome: no gold-standard intervention for patients at Ultra High Risk (UHR) for psychosis has been identified by recent network meta-analyses. Findings even from naturalistic data on effectiveness, efficacy and safety of the individual, family, group psycho-therapies, or of pharmacological or other types of treatment are welcome. Also, the rationale underlying the potential of novel interventions to test in UHR are welcome.

Manuscripts have to comply with general RIPPPO editorial rules (see guide for authors at All authors who are interested to apply in this Special issue in RIPPPO must submit to RIPPPO website ( within September 15th 2019, a file with: paper title, author(s) with affiliation(s), 3-5 keywords, corresponding author’s address, email and phone number, and a 250 words structured abstract (introduction, methods, results, discussion). Please specify: "RIPPPO SPECIAL ISSUE ON CLINICAL HIGH RISK FOR MENTAL ILLNESS".


Call for abstract: deadline 15th September 2019
Acceptance communication: 1st October 2019
Call for articles: deadline 15th November 2019
Publication: 23(1)2020 scheduled for 30th April 2020


Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome (RIPPPO) is an online, open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal published by the Italian Area Group of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR Italy Area Group). Its aim is to promoting a fruitful communication between the Italian and International communities, enriching clinicians and researchers mutual collaboration. It welcomes high quality articles from any part of the world, concerning a variety of topics (e.g., psychotherapy process and outcome, diagnosis and assessment, psychopathology etc.), with different formats (e.g., reviews, empirical studies, methodological works, clinical studies) and from different epistemological, theoretical and methodological perspectives of the contemporary research in psychotherapy. Particular attention will be paid to works sensitive to the close interconnection between psychotherapy process and psychopathology, as well as theory and clinical practice; the focus on intensive case analysis; the study of the psychotherapies delivered within the different institutional settings and with attention to the interdisciplinary dialogue. RIPPPO publishes three issues every year and provides immediate open access to its contents, on the basis of the principle that making research results freely available to researchers and practitioners supports a better exchange of knowledge. RIPPPO adopts a two-phase peer-review procedure, to which only papers written in English are allowed and considered. Firstly, the Manuscript is read by the Editors for verifying its consistency with the aims, and the formal and content standards of the journal. Then, if the paper is suitable for publication, Editor submits it to blind peer reviewing phase. The process of reviewing is intended as an opportunity to promote scientific exchange designed to guarantee a high scientific standard for the journal, as well as to provide Authors with the chance to improve the quality of their manuscripts. This journal utilizes the PORTICO system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. RIPPPO has been included for indexing in Scopus, SCImago, ESCI, and PsycInfo.