Journal of School Health

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Edited By: Robert J. McDermott

Impact Factor: 1.434

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 10/37 (Education Scientific Disciplines); 36/224 (Education & Educational Research); 58/89 (Health Care Sciences & Services); 92/162 (Public Environmental & Occupational Health)

Online ISSN: 1746-1561

New Editor Press Release

American School Health Association Announces New Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of School Health
The following is a press release from the American School Health Association sent out of Bethesda, MD on April 18, 2011

The American School Health Association welcomes Robert J. McDermott, Ph.D., as the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of School Health. Dr. McDermott assumed the post June 1, 2011.

“As a reader and regular contributor to the Journal of School Health for more than 30 years, I have several ideas on how the Journal can focus its content, including closing the gap between research and practice, and supporting health initiatives for children and youth as outlined in the nation's Healthy People 2020 initiative," said Dr. McDermott.

Dr. McDermott is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of South Florida and a longtime member and Fellow of the American School Health Association. In 2002 he received the association’s highest citation, the William A. Howe Award.

He has been a member of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s invited working group on defining Health Education in the 21st Century. In addition to 240 scientific articles, he has contributed to more than 60 book chapters and three books, each of which appeared in multiple editions. In 2004, he founded the Florida Public Health Review, a new e-journal for the public health community of Florida.

Dr. McDermott comes to the Journal of School Health after a six-year term as editor of the American Journal of Health Education, the official journal of the American Association for Health Education. “We recognize what Dr. McDermott has done to improve that journal and we’re excited to have him bring those skills to build on Dr. McCormack Brown’s achievements,” said Jeffrey Clark, president of American School Health Association.

Dr. McDermott succeeds Kelli McCormack Brown, Ph.D., at the helm since 2008. Under her direction, the Journal of School Health saw increased readership and increased citations. “We are very appreciative of Dr. McCormack Brown’s contributions to the Journal. During her tenure as editor, she worked diligently to ensure a quality publication,” Clark said.

The Journal of School Health is published 12 times a year. It addresses practice, theory, and research related to the health and wellbeing of school-aged youth. “The Journal of School Health is widely recognized across the field as a premiere source for information about issues related to the eight components of coordinated school health, and the link between student health and academic achievement,” Clark said.

Founded in 1927, the American School Health Association is a multidisciplinary organization of administrators, counselors, health educators, physical educators, psychologists, school health coordinators, school nurses, school physicians, and social workers. More than half of its 1750 members practice in K-12 schools or advise and oversee health education or health services programs in schools or state agencies charged with managing school health programs.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Robert McDermott, please contact Stephen Conley, Executive Director of the American School Health Association at 301-652-8072 or