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U of R professor named editor of prestigious academic journal

By Dale Johnson Posted: August 5, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Psychology professor Gordon Asmundson says he's 'honoured and thrilled.'
Psychology professor Gordon Asmundson says he's 'honoured and thrilled.' Photo courtesy of Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography.

When Gordon Asmundson was a student, some of his proudest moments came when he saw his research papers, including his master’s thesis, published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

This prestigious international academic journal, based in the United Kingdom, publishes research papers dealing with all aspects of anxiety disorders.  

Now Asmundson has been appointed Editor in Chief of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

“It’s an honour and academic thrill for me to assume this role,” says Asmundson, whose current research at the University of Regina is focused on understanding mechanisms and treatment of anxiety and related disorders.

“This positions me as the ‘face and voice’ of the Journal, making me ultimately responsible for the organization and delivery of a high-quality scientific product that meets the needs of authors, readers and the publisher,” he says.

Asmundson assumes his new role as the impact of the Journal has been increasing, due to the higher number of excellent manuscripts that have been submitted recently.
 
“The Journal ranks 19th out of 111 clinical psychology journals, and is a primary outlet for those specializing in anxiety and related disorders,” Asmundson explains.

So what are his goals as the new Editor in Chief of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders?

“My overarching goal is to build upon the excellent foundation inherited from my predecessors. I will seek to provide leadership that through engagement of all user groups – authors, reviewers, readers – will promote continued growth of the journal as a product delivering leading edge psychological science that informs the understanding and treatment of anxiety and related disorders.”

And the University of Regina stands to benefit by having one of its professors the new Editor in Chief of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

“I think it’s a benefit for the Department and the University to be the home of the Editor in Chief of the Journal, because they become the ‘home’ of the Journal. Given the prominence of the Journal, the Department and University receive international exposure.”

In 2014, Research InfoSource’s annual publication Canada’s Innovation Leaders named the University of Regina the top performer among comprehensive universities in international research collaboration.