The Open Family Studies Journal


ISSN: 1874-9224 ― Volume 12, 2020


Augustine J. Kposowa (Biography
Augustine J. Kposowa

Dr. Augustine Kposowa’s line of research adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses Demography, Epidemiology, Political Economy, and Racial/ethnic Inequality. In addition to doing basic research, Dr. Kposowa is convinced that sociological findings must and should influence public policy in order to uplift the human condition, and for Sociology to remain relevant in the 21st century and beyond. Thus, his findings have received extensive media coverage nationally and internationally. An examination of the Science Citation Index shows that Dr. Kposowa is one of the most cited researchers in the Sociology Department. Dr. Kposowa is currently involved in research that investigates long-term consequences of the Sierra Leone Civil War on population health.


Department of Sociology
University of California
Riverside, CA

Regional Editor:

Toshinori Kitamura (Biography
Toshinori Kitamura

Toshinori Kitamura, M.D., F.R.C.Psych, Ph.D, Born in Japan. Graduated from Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo. Having spent ten years as Professor of Psychological Medicine (Clinical Behavioural Sciences) at Kumamoto University, has opened Kitamura “KOKORO” Clinic Mental Health, Kitamura Institute of Mental health Tokyo, and T. and F. Kitamura Foundation for Mental Health Research and Skill Advancement. Distinguished Visiting Professor, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (U.S). Was and remains the first and only Japanese psychiatrist to hold British qualifications in psychiatry (F.R.C.Psych.). Specialised in parenting, parental bonding towards the child, and temperament and character development.


Kitamura Institute of Mental Health

Editorial Board Members:

A. Aghajanian (Biography
A. Aghajanian

Dr. Akbar Aghajanian is a Professor of Sociology-Demography. He received his MA and Ph.D. from Duke University in Durham, NC and completed postdoctoral research at the International Population Center at Cornell University. He has taught and conducted research at the University of Washington in Seattle before he joined Fayetteville State University in 1990. He has severed as consultant to the United Nations Fund for Population Activity. He has research and training grants from Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, and National Science Foundation.


Department of Sociology
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC

E. Bachler (Biography
E. Bachler

I work as a psychoanalyst and family therapist in outpatient practice. I am also active in the training of psychotherapists. I also work at the PMU Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg in psychotherapist research. In particular, I carry out different studies on hombased treatment to high risk famiies. Currently, I am working on studies on the interaction of adversity factores and protective factores and child psychiatric symptoms. I also deal with the development and application of web-based monitoring systems in psychotherapy.


Paracelsus Medical University

K. Klostermann (Biography
K. Klostermann

Dr. Keith Klostermann is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy programs at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. He is an internationally-recognized expert in the use of Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders (BCT-SUD) and a Fulbright Specialist with the US Department of State. Licensed as both a mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist, he is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, recognized as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and certified family therapist (CFT). Most recently, Dr. Klostermann was recognized as a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Counseling Specialist in Couples and Family Counseling by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).


Department of Graduate Counseling and Psychology
Medaille College
Buffalo, NY

C.M. Lam (Biography
C.M. Lam

Ching Man LAM, MSW, PhD, is the Professor and Vice Chairperson at the Department of Social Work, and also Co-Director of Gender Research Centre, in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She specializes in marriage and family therapy, parenting and parent education, women issues, clinical practice, adolescence and family studies. She has around 230 publications in these areas including single authored book, internationally refereed articles, refereed book chapters, curriculum and teaching manuals. Being an active researcher, she has been principal investigator of 26 research projects and co-investigator of 20 projects overall.


Department of Social Work
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

D. Shek (Biography
D. Shek

Professor Daniel Shek is Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme) and Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Advisory Professor of East China Normal University, and Honorary Professor of Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau. He is Chief Editor of Journal of Youth Studies and Applied Research on Quality of Life; editorial board member of several international refereed journals, including Journal of Adolescent Health, Social Indicators Research, International Journal of Behavioral Development and International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. He is Chairman of the Family Council of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


Department of Applied Social Sciences
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong

A. Al-Krenawi (Biography
A. Al-Krenawi

Alean Al-Krenawi, PhD, is Professor at the Spitzer Department of social work, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has served as President of Achva Academic College and as Dean of the School of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and as Chair of the Department of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Bedouin Studies and Development at Ben-Gurion University.

Prof. Al-Krenawi’s work has focused on challenges facing indigenous and minority populations in Israel, Canada and the West. His pioneering research has studied the effects of cultural phenomena that were previously unexamined in scholarly and professional literature. This work is utilized in academia, policymaking, and professional practice in Israel and throughout the world. He also sounds the “unheard voices” of weakened and disadvantaged groups that are sidelined in various cultural contexts, according to ethnicity or other social determinants.


Department of Social Work
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva

A. Buchanan (Biography
A. Buchanan

Dr. Ann Buchanan is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Social Policy and Social Intervention, Emeritus Professor of Social Work and Supernumerary Fellow of St Hilda’s College. Previously, she was Director of the Centre for Research into Parenting and Children. She spent ten years working as a child psychiatric social worker in an inner urban area. In 2012, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Bath and received an MBE for her contribution to social science research. She became a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2009 and has been on the Council of the Academy from 2011 to 2017.


Department of Social Policy and Social Work
University of Oxford

B.R. Kuhn (Biography
B.R. Kuhn

Brett R. Kuhn, PhD, C.BSM is a licensed psychologist and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is certified in behavioral sleep medicine (C.BSM) by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Kuhn’s research and clinical interests include pediatric sleep disorders, behavioral parent training (including Parent Child Interaction Therapy), elimination disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders. He has published more than 40 professional journal articles and book chapters on children’s behavioral health issues. Dr. Kuhn co-edited Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders: A comprehensive primer of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Interventions published by Academic Press. He also co-authored a popular press book entitled The Toddler Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on System Maintenance.


Department of Pediatrics
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE

C.B. McNeil (Biography
C.B. McNeil

Dr. McNeil is a Professor in the Dept. of Psychology at West Virginia University. Dr. McNeil has extensive clinical and research experience related to childhood disruptive behavior problems and parent-child interactions. She has research interests in disruptive behavior disorders of children, assessment methods for behavior problems among children, and treatment outcome research —particularly in the area of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).


Department of Psychology
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

K.V. Bletzer (Biography
K.V. Bletzer

Formally trained in medical-cultural-social anthropology and public health, Keith Bletzer has focused on prevention-education activities and field research that blends community training-teaching and social justice. Bridging academia and non-academia, his long-term work has considered the impact of socio-medical adversity on low-income populations. He has worked with team projects of varied methodologies, performed single-investigator studies, and taught grades 9-12 (charter high school), community college (social science), and university (undergraduate-graduate anthropology seminars).


School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Associate Editorial Board Members:

S. Chan
Department of Social Work
Hong Kong Baptist University
Kowloon Tong
Hong Kong

R. English
Queensland University of Technology QUT


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