JCPP Advances Editorial: Volume 01, Issue 01, April 2021

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Editorial: Addressing the knowledge gaps in child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry.

Henrik Larsson


Many critical knowledge gaps surrounding important aspects of child and adolescent mental health remain to be addressed.

Addressing these gaps is an important task as child and adolescent mental health problems represent a huge and growing burden for the world, both at individual and societal level. There are several reasons to be optimistic. The field has developed rapidly during the past decade. We have seen huge efforts to obtain large-scale multi-source data, extraordinary advances in new technologies for data collection and data analytics as well as increased implementation of open science principles and large-scale international collaborative efforts. These recent developments have huge potential to generate scientific breakthroughs and innovation. An important goal of JCPP Advances is to substantially increase the reach and impact of such scientific advances.

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

Professor Henrik Larsson

Henrik Larsson is Editor in Chief of JCPP Advances, and Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at Örebro University and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. The overall objective of his research team’s work is to understand how genes and environment influence mental health problems across the life span, to understand the interplay between mental and physical health, to map developmental trajectories and consequences of mental health across the lifespan and to identify the benefits and risks associated with pharmacological treatment interventions.

His team use large cohorts identified from national health registers, the Swedish twin register and clinical cohorts. Henrik has (co-) authored about 300 original peer-reviewed papers and has a broad international research and clinical network. He is committed to JCPP Advances‘ ambition to change the way that authors experience the publishing process by maintaining rigorous evaluation of the science whilst removing unnecessary steps in the process, such as formatting and reformatting articles, and by reusing peer review feedback. Henrik is highly motivated to work closely with the editorial team to identify and shape critical research findings, support open science (including open access) and also to meet a real need for researchers of child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry.

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