JCPP Annual Research Review Editorial: Volume 62, Issue 05, May 2021

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Editorial: ‘In our time’: Has the pandemic changed the way we write and read mental health and neurodevelopmental disorder research reviews?

Sara R. Jaffee


The past year was marked by upheaval, as countries across the globe shut down in the face of the COVID‐19 pandemic. Although the topics for this year’s Annual Research Review were decided long before most of had heard of the coronavirus, many readers may find themselves reading the papers in this issue through a pandemic lens. For some authors, the COVID‐19 pandemic and the social unrest that characterized parts of the world where these authors live are likely to have shaped the way they ultimately framed the topics of their reviews. This issue serves as a reminder that it is critical to read science in social and historical context. Our preoccupations as psychologists and psychiatrists reflect our cultural values and societal experiences at a particular time and place.

We hope you enjoy the full editorial of this Annual Research Review Issue, which is free on the Wiley Online Library.

Professor Sara Jaffee

Sara Jaffee is a professor of psychology and the director of graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a developmental psychopathologist who conducts research on at-risk families and children. She is interested in how stressful environments exacerbate underlying genetic vulnerabilities to affect children’s development, with a special interest in children’s antisocial behaviour. Her work combines longitudinal, epidemiological methods with genetically- informative research designs to better understand how risk and protective factors operate in children’s development.


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