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Special Issue "Modern Standards in Assessment and Therapy of Rare Diseases and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children and Adolescents-Good Practices and Case Studies"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 110

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Małgorzata Lipowska
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Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Gdańsk, 80-309 Gdańsk, Poland
Interests: clinical child psychology and neuropsychology; development psychology; educational psychology; body image in developmental perspective; gender psychology
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Dr. Katarzyna Sitnik-Warchulska
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Institute of Applied Psychology, Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University, 30-348 Krakow, Poland
Interests: biopsychosocial and developmental approaches in psychological diagnosis and treatment; psychopathology; clinical child and adolescent psychology; therapeutic relations and mental problems in children and adolescents; family factors associated with children\'s mental health
Dr. Urszula Sajewicz-Radtke
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Psychological and Pedagogical Laboratory of Tests, 80-239 Gdańsk, Poland
Interests: clinical psychology; dynamic diagnosis, clinical diagnosis; development psychology; diagnosis of cognitive functioning; diagnosis of specific learning difficulties, diagnosis of cognitive functioning in genetic syndromes; creating diagnostic tools; diagnosis of intelligence; cognitive therapy
Dr. Bartosz M. Radtke
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Laboratory of Psychological and Pedagogical Tests, 80-239 Gdansk, Poland
Interests: learning disorders; neurodevelopmental disorders; intelligence; educational psychology and psychometrics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Contemporary standards of clinical practice refer to the postulates of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and consequently postulate the use of evidence-based psychological practice (EBPP). Evidence-based practice assumes that clinical diagnostics and therapeutic effects should not only be based on the clinician's experience, but above all refer to proven, reliable data and contemporary scientific research.

With regard to rare disorders, it is difficult to conduct scientific research verifying the effectiveness of diagnosis and therapies carried out on large groups.

Therefore, we invite authors to submit original research articles, case studies and descriptions/protocols of good practices that address the modern approaches in children's assessment and therapy, including the aspects of:

  1. Experimental and dynamic approaches to diagnosis:
    • The diagnosis of children with severe disabilities;
    • The diagnosis of children with speech disorders, both in terms of understanding and production;
    • The diagnosis of children with multiple disabilities;
    • The diagnosis of children with rare diseases and disorders.
  2. Challenges in clinical diagnosis in children and adolescents:
    • Remote diagnosis; 
    • Diagnosis with the use of modern technologies;
    • Interdisciplinary diagnosis;
    • Functional diagnosis;
    • Dynamic assessment.
  3. The diagnosis of cognitive, emotional, social, and family functioning in children experiencing: 
    • Oncology;
    • Neurology;
    • Genetics;
    • Chronic conditions.
  4. Models of therapy and development support:
    • Good practices in planning multidisciplinary therapeutic interventions;
    • Development support models in children with serious diseases and disorders;
    • Cognitive and emotional rehabilitation plans.

When preparing a case for publication, please follow the EQUATOR Network guidelines and fill out the CARE checklist below. In the column on the right, please enter the line numbers of the article that contain the information. This will facilitate and speed up the review process. Attach this file as an attachment when submitting the article. Please remember that it is not necessary to include all the information contained in the checklist, only the information that is important from the point of view of a specific case. It is supposed to help in organizing the material related to the described case. In case of doubt, please refer to the detailed guidelines at: https://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/care/

Prof. Dr. Małgorzata Lipowska
Dr. Katarzyna Sitnik-Warchulska
Dr. Urszula Sajewicz-Radtke
Dr. Bartosz M. Radtke
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • psychological diagnosis
  • multidisciplinary approach
  • clinical practice
  • psychological treatment

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