Call for Papers
Call for Papers:
Special Issue of the Department of Behavioural Sciences E-Journal

This special Issue of the Journal of the Department of Behavioural Sciences (JDBS) invites submissions from across disciplines that address the theme "Health, Well-Being and Development in the Caribbean". A broad definition of health including both physical and mental health will be considered. Health has important consequences for people's social functioning and their quality of life. Understanding how social, economic, psychological and cultural processes interact to facilitate particular understandings of physical and mental health and attendant institutional arrangements and practices in the Caribbean is important in improving our localised and regional understandings of health and well-being and how they can be developed. Modern transformations such as globalisation, neoliberalism, and the rapid innovation and use of new and emerging health technologies, all impact on the discourses and personal realities connected with good health and access to health care. The discourses surrounding fields such as child health, adult health, mental health and physical health are all distinct yet interlinked through public health systems and the organisation, financing, delivery and quality of their services within communities and the resulting impact on population health. We seek innovative theoretical, basic and applied empirical work that applies the principles and theories of the behavioural sciences to a wide range of health issues and realities in the Caribbean and amongst Caribbean diasporas.

Topics may include but are in no way limited to:
  • Poor health and the implications for social inequality
  • Positive psychology, health and its practical applicability
  • Health care delivery
  • Access to health care
  • Cost and financing of health care
  • Social determinants of health
  • Cross-national perspectives in the examination of health
  • Novel health care and public health delivery technologies and methodologies
  • Rights to healthcare
  • Health education
  • Pharmaceutical pricing and drug distribution
  • Global health and human rights
  • Intercultural and interpersonal comparisons of health and well-being

This special issue will be edited by a team of academics and international experts drawn from the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine and Mona); the University of Liverpool; the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO); and the Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago.

Submission Due Dates Abstracts

The Department welcomes submissions of abstracts. The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 20th, 2012. All abstracts are to be e-mailed to the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Ann Marie Bissessar at and copied to Dr. Dylan Kerrigan at

Authors will be notified of acceptance of abstracts by May 7th, 2012.

Author Guidelines

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, inclusive of key words and are to be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format. The Editorial Board will accept contributions from within the Department of Behavioral Sciences, other Departments within the University as well as from outside of the University thereby encouraging best practice in these institutions and facilitating networking among them. The Editorial Board anticipates abstracts that cover a range of papers that fall into any one of the following categories:

  • Original Research (empirical, interpretive) - Final paper not more than 10,000 words
  • Historical - Final paper not more than 10,000 words
  • Think Pieces - Final paper not more than 4,000 words
  • Position Papers - Final paper not more than 4,000 words
  • Literature Reviews - Final paper not more than 4,000 words
  • Book Reviews - Final paper not more than 1,500 words
  • Graduate Papers (UWI grad students only) - Final paper not more than 6,000 words and abstracts should be accompanied by a recommendation letter from an academic supervisor acknowledging quality of work.
Submission of Full Papers

For authors whose abstracts are accepted they are expected to submit full papers by June 25th, 2012 for peer review. Submission guidelines for full papers can be found here.