Winter 2018

Highlights from Psychosomatic Medicine
Willem (Wijo) Kop, PhD

Psychosomatic Medicine receives approximately 600 manuscripts each year. The peer review process is essential to the journal and we are very fortunate to have a large group of colleagues providing expert evaluations of the papers we receive. Each year, all reviewers who contributed to the peer review process are listed in the journal’s January issue.  The Associate Editors and I rely on these reviews in making our editorial decisions and we have now been able to reduce the average turn-around time below 30 days.

We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Andreana Haley as Associate Editor of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Haley is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and has developed an impressive research line in neuroscience combined with experiences in applied neuropsychology. She is the author and co-author of over 65 articles in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, such as Archives of General Psychiatry, Neurology, Behavioral Brain Research, several neuroimaging journals, and of course Psychosomatic Medicine. Her expertise in various aspects of neuroscience as related to health and disease will be an important asset to the journal.

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Peter Gianaros for his services as Associate Editor to the journal. Dr. Gianaros played an essential role in promoting the neuroscience perspective of the journal, starting with the Special Series on “Neuroscience in Health and Disease” that he coordinated in 2012. His scholarly approach to the integration of biobehavioral processes, neuroscience, and psychosomatic medicine is impressive, and it was a pleasure and honor to have him as part of our team of Associate Editors. We have relied on his thoughtful insights and perspectives over the past years and are very pleased that he will continue to serve on the journal’s Editorial Board.

The journal is now compiling the upcoming Special Issue on the Neuroscience of Pain, with Dr. Lauren Atlas and Dr. Mustafa al’Absi as guest editors. This promises to be a very interesting and important selection of articles that are published on-line when the papers are accepted for publication (as publish-ahead-of-print) and we expect the issue to come out in print in the Fall of this year.

Several impressive papers have been published over the past few months, a few of them are listed here as they reflect the innovative nature of our field:

1: Picard M, McEwen BS. Psychological Stress and Mitochondria: A Systematic Review. Psychosom Med. 2018 Feb/Mar;80(2):141-153. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000545. and and accompanying article outlining the conceptual model that provides a biobehavioral perspective on this systematic review.

2: Wolf EJ, Logue MW, Stoop TB, Schichman SA, Stone A, Sadeh N, Hayes JP, Miller  MW. Accelerated DNA Methylation Age: Associations With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Mortality. Psychosom Med. 2018 Jan;80(1):42-48. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000506.

3: Hackman DA, Kuan DC, Manuck SB, Gianaros PJ. Socioeconomic position and age-related disparities in regional cerebral blood flow within the prefrontal cortex. Psychosom Med. 2018 Feb 6. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000566.

4: Boylan JM, Cundiff JM, Matthews KA. Socioeconomic Status and Cardiovascular Responses to Standardized Stressors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Psychosom Med. 2018 Jan 29. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000561.

5: Normann MC, McNeal N, Dagner A, Ihm E, Woodbury M, Grippo AJ. The Influence of Environmental Enrichment on Cardiovascular and Behavioral Responses to Social  tress. Psychosom Med. 2018 Jan 23. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000558.

6: van Zon SKR, Reijneveld SA, van der Most PJ, Swertz MA, Bültmann U, Snieder H. The interaction of genetic predisposition and socioeconomic position with type 2  diabetes mellitus: cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses from the Lifelines Cohort and Biobank Study. Psychosom Med. 2018 Jan 29. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000562.

7: Haljas K, Amare AT, Alizadeh BZ, Hsu YH, Mosley T, Newman A, Murabito J, Tiemeier H, Tanaka T, van Duijn C, Ding J, Llewellyn DJ, Bennett DA, Terracciano  A, Launer L, Ladwig KH, Cornelis MC, Teumer A, Grabe H, Kardia SLR, Ware EB, Smith JA, Snieder H, Eriksson JG, Groop L, Räikkönen K, Lahti J. Bivariate Genome-Wide Association Study of Depressive Symptoms with Type 2 Diabetes and Quantitative Glycemic Traits. Psychosom Med. 2017 Dec 27. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000555.

8: Coppens E, Kempke S, Van Wambeke P, Claes S, Morlion B, Luyten P, Van Oudenhove L. Cortisol and subjective stress responses to acute psychosocial stress in fibromyalgia patients and control participants. Psychosom Med. 2017 Dec 11. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000551. Coppens E, Kempke S, Van Wambeke P, Claes S, Morlion B, Luyten P, Van Oudenhove L. Cortisol and subjective stress responses to acute psychosocial stress in fibromyalgia patients and control participants. Psychosom Med. 2017 Dec 11. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000551.

9: Wilkins SS, Bourke P, Salam A, Akhtar N, D'Souza A, Kamran S, Bhutta Z, Shuaib A. Functional Stroke Mimics: Incidence and Characteristics at a Primary Stroke Center in the Middle East. Psychosom Med. 2018 Feb 1. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000563.

10: Hill LK, Sherwood A, McNeilly M, Anderson NB, Blumenthal JA, Hinderliter AL.  Impact of Racial Discrimination and Hostility on Adrenergic Receptor Responsiveness in African American Adults. Psychosom Med. 2018 Feb/Mar;80(2):208-215. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000547.

11: Brody GH, Yu T, Miller GE, Ehrlich KB, Chen E. John Henryism Coping and Metabolic Syndrome Among Young Black Adults. Psychosom Med. 2018 Feb/Mar;80(2):216-221. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000540.

12: Slavich GM, Shields GS. Assessing Lifetime Stress Exposure Using the Stress and Adversity Inventory for Adults (Adult STRAIN): An Overview and Initial Validation. Psychosom Med. 2018 Jan;80(1):17-27. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000534.

This selection is intended to present some of the excellent science published in the journal. The Article Summaries, at the beginning of each issue of the journal are an efficient way to keep up to date with recent developments in our field. This is an open access page, and if you open the pdf that goes with these summaries, you will find links that directly access the articles to which the summary refers.

Psychosomatic Medicine is promoting new initiatives on Social Media. The journal is looking for volunteers who will work with us to send out Facebook messages, instagrams and tweets about cutting-edge articles and new initiatives. If you are interested in promoting our science, please contact Vicki White, Editorial Assistant at our editorial office: EditorialOffice@psychosomaticmedicine.org. This is a good opportunity to make a difference, contribute to the impact of psychosomatic medicine, and network with prominent scientists and clinicians in our field.

This update highlights the exciting science published in our journal. Please continue to send your work to Psychosomatic Medicine at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/psymed/default.aspx

With very best wishes,
Willem J. (Wijo) Kop
Editor-in-Chief, Psychosomatic Medicine