The Rebirth of the Caribbean Journal of Psychology: A Journal of Caribbean Scholarship

The Caribbean Journal of Psychology (CJP) was born in 2004 in the multidisciplinary environment of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work (SPSW) at the Mona campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI). The department, in collaboration with the School for Graduate Studies and Research and The University of the West Indies Press (UWI Press), partners to launch the CJP on April 6, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. at the E. Nigel Harris Council Room, The University of the West Indies, Regional Headquarters, Mona.

CJP founder Mr Clement Branche, senior lecturer in SPSW, explains the journal’s mandate thus: “It was C.L.R. James who famously asked, ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’ And that question provided the challenge for this journal of psychology in our Caribbean context. . . . to develop a psycho-socio-cultural framework for theory, research and applied intervention in the region. ‘What do we know of psychology who only psychology know?’ was addressed to psychologists and to sociologists alike.” Dr Orville Taylor, head of SPSW, remarked that “understanding ourselves is the first task of a Caribbean psychology. We have long begun this process, but this is the time to chronicle it.”

Dr Donna Maria Maynard, senior lecturer in clinical and counselling psychology, UWI Cave Hill, says, “CJP has played and will continue to play an invaluable role in promoting the use and advancement of contextually informed, culturally relevant psychological science. Such developments are essential to the knowledge building and service of Caribbean people, the diaspora and the international community as a whole.” Dr Tobi Graafsma, professor in clinical psychology, Institute for Graduate Studies and Research, Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname, adds, “CJ P may well bridge, and by that integrate, the regional clinical work and research in psychology of so many devoted colleagues. It also may help in connecting that work to psychology as a discipline with both global and indigenous aspects”

With a New Initiative Grant from the UWI Mona in 2015, the then editors invited Professor Jaipaul Roopnarine, Pearl S. Falk Professor of Human Development and Family Science at Syracuse University in New York and a renowned Caribbean-born scholar, to lead the CJP as its new editor-in-chief. Through his substantial expertise and network of scholars, the CJP currently boasts a highly regarded editorial board and has been institutionalized through the School for Graduate Studies and Research, under the sponsorship of current pro vice-chancellor Dale Webber, and through the UWI Press. CJP has survived because of the relevance of its purpose and because of the dedication of Dr Marina Ramkissoon.

For more information about the CJP, contact Dr Marina Ramkissoon, Journal Manager, Psychology Unit, Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, The University of the West Indies, (876) 977-0315,  email or

Contact:               Dr Marina Ramkissoon, Journal Manager                       

Address:              Psychology Unit

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               University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston 7

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