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Gratitude in a Year of Adversity

Marlene P. Freeman, MD

Published: January 19, 2021

I wish we could say, as we launch the new year of 2021, that the COVID-19 pandemic was behind us. Most of the world is facing a surge of infections and deaths from the virus, while emerging vaccination programs offer hope. The past year has brought changes in the midst of adversity that will indefinitely alter the way psychiatry and psychological services are practiced. The growth of telehealth and electronic platforms of health care service delivery was catalyzed out of need, but these new methods will, without a doubt, have a durable impact on the way we practice and interact with patients. Access to services for people with psychiatric disorders may improve on a large scale, but we also know that disparities in access will persist, requiring focused ongoing efforts.

The pandemic’s effects have created a plethora of psychosocial concerns, including loneliness, social isolation, grief, and financial crises. In the United States, we have seen political turmoil and divisiveness. Health care policy has always been intertwined with politics, but in the past year the influence of politics on public health has been underscored. A contagious virus has amplified the viral dissemination of destructive forces such as fear, tribalism, misinformation, and conspiracy theories, all of which may impact the mental health care needs of our communities.

In some ways, common threats have brought us together. We’ ve had to find ways to stay connected and available to our patients and each other. Extensive endeavors have been undertaken to build out telehealth and remote education. Research has been affected, and investigators have swiftly targeted impactful aspects of the pandemic, broadly striving to increase our understanding of the acute and longer term effects of the crisis.

As efforts have been initiated to meet the needs ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic, both psychiatric care for patients and research in our field have carried on, although impeded in some areas more than others. As is the case with the general public, the colleagues who comprise our JCP community have encountered the challenges of increased responsibilities, professionally and personally, as we meet the daily needs of our work and home lives. Many are spread thin and exhausted by what has been an incredibly difficult year.

It is in this context that I express my deepest gratitude for our community of peer reviewers, who anonymously give of their time and expertise. We have continued to see new content submitted, reviewed, and published under the most trying of times, but this would not be possible without careful peer review. We are fortunate to be able to draw from generous and expert reviewers from around the world. As a way of recognizing their efforts, we now offer CME credit to our reviewers; to learn more about the peer review process, please visit

We are also grateful for the authors who select JCP for their work in particular because our readership consists largely of clinicians and clinical researchers, and the manuscripts we publish can quickly influence and further patient care and research. The pipeline of data to inform clinical care and increase our patients’ quality of life remains rich.

I would also like to thank the incredible JCP staff, who did not pause in their important work during the pandemic. Instead, they have taken a robust team approach to rapidly and rigorously processing papers so that new information can be circulated with maximal benefit.

On behalf of the JCP team, we are grateful for the continuing efforts of each of you, and we hope your new year is filled with joy, good health, and peace.

Marlene P. Freeman, MD

Editor in Chief

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Chittaranjan Andrade Elizabeth D. Ballard Paul E. Croarkin
Jonathan Del-Monte Joseph F. Goldberg John M. Kane
Jordan F. Karp James H. Kocsis Susan G. Kornstein
Katarina Kouter Hang Lee Jorge Lopez-Castroman
Emilie Olié Michael J. Ostacher George I. Papakostas
Maurizio Pompili Johan Reutfors Thomas Richardson
Barbara O. Rothbaum Brian Shiner Eduard Vieta
Paul S. F. Yip Mark Zimmerman








Reviewers for The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

December 5, 2018-December 5, 2019

Scott T. Aaronson Christopher C. Abbott Chadi G. Abdallah
Edimansyah Abdin Jayant Acharya Eric D. Achtyes
Ronald E. Acierno Sri Mahavir Agarwal Ruchita Agrawal
Olusola A. Ajilore Ilhom Akobirschoe Hassan Al-Amin
Michael H. Allen Sophia I. Allen Jonathan E. Alpert
Davide Amato Chittaranjan Andrade Nelson Andrade-González
Arthur Andrews III Michael D. Anestis Aniyizhai Annamalai
Eric Apaydin Robert P. Archer Lisham Ashrafioun
David S. Auerbach Gazi F. Azad Lone Baandrup
Dara E. Babinski Enrique Baca-Garcia Christopher Baethge
Allison S. Baker Elizabeth D. Ballard David Baranger
Shannon Barnett Maria Luisa Barrigón Cynthia L. Battle
Raman Baweja Hamideh Bayrampour Scott R. Beach
Raoul Belzeaux Veerle Bergink Michael Berk
Wade H. Berrettini Michele A. Bertocci Joseph Biederman
Rebecca K. Blais Carlos Blanco Michael H. Bloch
Daniel M. Blumberger Chad A. Bousman Laurent Boyer
María Fe Bravo-Ortiz Josefien J. F. Breedvelt E. Sherwood Brown
Antonio Bulbena Katherine E. Burdick Betsy Busch
Eduardo R. Butelman Lauren M. Bylsma Simon Byrne
Ricardo Caceda Kristen S. Cadenhead Laura Campbell-Sills
Joan A. Camprodon Hengyi Cao Pieter-Jan Carpentier
Jose Luis Carrasco Saulo Castel Franca Centorrino
Eva Češková Prakash Chandra K. N. Roy Chengappa
Robert A. Chernoff Gia Chodzen Lois W. Choi-Kain
Guy Chouinard Virginie-Anne Chouinard Ka-Fai Chung
Nicole H. Cirino Crystal T. Clark Kristen Clements-Nolle
Adam Cobb Barbara J. Coffey Dan Cohen
Peter J. Colvonen Charles R. Conway Tammy Corr
Paul E. Croarkin Karen L. Cropsey Pim Cuijpers
Ella J. Daly Daniella David Lori L. Davis
Paola Dazzan Jose de Leon Eberhard A. Deisenhammer
Sharon Dekel Valerio Dell’Oste Liliana Dell’Osso
Jonathan Del-Monte Alice Demesmaeker Ellen B. Dennehy
Jonathan M. DePierro Benita S. Dieperink Clément Dondé
Brian Downer Patricia Drentea Yogesh Dwivedi
Robin Emsley Steven A. Epstein Joscelyn E. Fisher
Jacklynn M. Fitzgerald Fernando Espi Forcen Julian D. Ford
Alberto Forte Daniel Foti Margot Fournier
Elisabeth A. Frazier Scott A. Freeman David M. Fresco
Gregory L. Fricchione Maria Gałuszko-Węgielnik Keming Gao
Fraser Gaspar Bradley N. Gaynes Daniel A. Geller
Paul Gill Stephen E. Gilman Lucas Giner
Joga Gobburu Leandra Godoy Liza H. Gold
Joseph F. Goldberg C. Bernie Good David W. Goodman
Carla Gramaglia Jared M. Greenberg Erik J. Groessi
Nancy K. Grote Michael F. Grunebaum Peter M. Gutierrez
Katsuhiko Hagi Jane E. Hamilton Kelly M. Harrington
Lauren M. Harris Philip D. Harvey Alkomiet Hasan
Kotaro Hatta Claire Henderson Rebecca Hendrickson
Alison Hermann Michael A. Hertzberg Ryan M. Hill
Blake T. Hilton Stephen P. Hinshaw Mikkel Højlund
Nicolas Hoertel Georgina M. Hosang Krista F. Huybrechts
María Irigoyen-Otiñano Michael W. Jann Ronald J. Janssen
Vincent Jardon Sameer Jauhar Jonathan B. Jensen
Frank Jessen Dilip V. Jeste Manish Kumar Jha
Emma C. Johnson Joshua T. Jordan Bashkim Kadriu
René S. Kahn John M. Kane Stephen Kanne
Máté Kapitány-Fövény Helmet T. Karim Jordan F. Karp
Ira R. Katz Benjamin M. Keizer Charles H. Kellner
Sidney H. Kennedy Suzanne E. Kerns Alex S. Keuroghlian
Hari-Mandir K. Khalsa Amber Khan Brigitte Khoury
Deborah R. Kim Anthony P. King Dimitris N. Kiosses
Irving Kirsch Taro Kishi Evan M. Kleiman
Laura E. Knouse James H. Kocsis Nicholas Kontos
Susan G. Kornstein Oswald D. Kothgassner Katarina Kouter
Robert A. Kowatch Nicole Kozloff Julie Kreyenbuhl
John H. Krystal Jayashri Kulkarni Chian-Jue Kuo
Aparajita B. Kuriyan Simon D. Kyle Mathieu Lacambre
Aurélie M. Lasserre John Lauriello Helen Lavretsky
Philip Lazarus Daniel J. Lee Ellen E. Lee
Hang Lee Jimmy Lee Belinda R. Lennox
Michael B. Lensing Eric J. Lenze Bianca A. Lever-van Milligen
Yossi Levi-Belz Frances R. Levin Kathryn E. Lewandowski
Duanping Liao Nádia Nara Rolim Lima Chen-Chung Liu
Jorge Lopez-Castroman Paul H. Lysaker Heather A. MacPherson
Matthew Macaluso Trine Madsen Rajnish Mago
Youssef Mahfoud Giuseppe Maina Vladimir Maletic
Peter Manu Jessica L. Maples-Keller Stephen R. Marder
John C. Markowitz Luana Marques Andrés Martin
Donel M. Martin Elizabeth A. Martin D. Richard Martini
Greg W. Mattingly W. Vaughn McCall Erin A. McClure
Susan L. McElroy James J. McGough Roger S. McIntyre
Francis J. McMahon Molly K. McVoy Alicia E. Meuret
Walter J. Meyer Barnett S. Meyers Matthew J. Miller
Zachary B. Millman David Mischoulon Brooke S. G. Molina
Wynne S. Morgan Natalie P. Mota Kim T. Mueser
James W. Murrough Rajesh Nayak J. Craig Nelson
Yuval Neria Remington Nevin Mark J. Niciu
Olav Nielssen Andrew A. Nierenberg Ruta M. Nonacs
Kazutaka Ohi Emilie Olié Dost Öngur
Lauren M. Osborne Vicki Osborne Michael J. Ostacher
George I. Papakostas Joel Paris Elyse R. Park
Gordon Parker Barbara L. Parry Neepa Patel
Jennifer L. Payne Tara S. Peris Amy Perry
Paul N. Pfeiffer Marilyn L. Piccirillo Matthew C. Podlogar
Mark H. Pollack Thomas Pollak Maurizio Pompili
Dina Popovic Alejandro Porras-Segovia Richard J. Porter
Sheldon H. Preskorn Ric M. Procyshyn Lena C. Quilty
Davin Quinn Andrea Raballo Rajiv Radhakrishnan
Roueen Rafeyan Vinod Rao Mark H. Rapaport
Murray A. Raskind William H. Reid Erin D. Reilly
Arne Reimers Eva Z. Reininghaus Christel Renoux
David C. Rettew Johan Reutfors Charles F. Reynolds III
Taeho Greg Rhee Natalie B. V. Riblet Thomas Richardson
Adelaide S. Robb Dennis Rosen Jerrold F. Rosenbaum
Joshua D. Rosenblat Rebecca C. Rossom Barbara O. Rothbaum
Anthony J. Rothschild Maarten Pieter Rozing Camilo J. Ruggero
A. John Rush Arthur T. Ryan Pilar A. Sáiz
Martha Sajatovic Atsushi Sakuma Gonzalo Salazar de Pablo
Jerome Sarris Erika F. H. Saunders Rob Saunders
Kirti Saxena Alan F. Schatzberg Jeffrey F. Scherrer
Adam T. Schmidt Kristina Schnitzer Sarah Scholle
Nina R. Schooler Georgios Schoretsanitis Randi Melissa Schuster
James G. Scott Mary V. Seeman Yvette I. Sheline
Richard C. Shelton Li Shen Brian Shiner
Prabha Siddarth Alessio Simonetti Lauren M. Sippel
Dan J. Siskind Christina W. Slotema Stephen F. Smagula
Claudio N. Soares Nili Solomonov Alexandra Sosinsky
Harm-Pieter Spaans Patricia T. Spangler Kai Spiegelhalder
Margaret G. Spinelli Norman M. Spivak Mamidipalli Sai Spoorthy
Sarah T. Stahl Sunita M. Stewart Kuan-Pin Su
M. Elizabeth Sublette Jasjit S. Suri Jeffrey W. Swanson
Mercedes J. Szpunar Hiroyoshi Takeuchi Rajesh R. Tampi
Rajiv Tandon David Taylor Tobias Teismann
Alan R. Teo Stephen M. Thielke Robyn P. Thom
Emily B. H. Treichler Alfonso Troisi Chia-Fen Tsai
Raymond P. Tucker Rudolf Uher Rachel Upthegrove
Linda Valeri Rachel Vanderkruik Marin Veldic
Eduard Vieta Simone N. Vigod Mark Viron
Jan Volavka Martin Voracek Sarah E. Vordenberg
Nicole Votruba Kent E. Vrana Lee E. Wachtel
Hong-Xing Wang Peter J. Weiden Tal Weinberger
Aviv Weinstein Roger D. Weiss Myrna M. Weissman
Charles A. Welch Samuel T. Wilkinson John W. Winkleman
Eva C. Winnebeck Katherine L. Wisner Courtney Benjamin Wolk
Chao-Yi Wu Yvonne S. Yang Philip T. Yanos
Ayşegül Yildiz Paul S. F. Yip Gihyun Yoon
Mary C. Zanarini Carlos A. Zarate Jr Robson Zazula
Jie Zhan Wei Zheng Bao-Liang Zhong
Shouhao Zhou Mark Zimmerman Mathias Zink

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