Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal is seeking a new Lead Editor in December, 2018

Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal

The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal is the official journal of the Canadian Art Therapy Association/l'Association canadienne d'art-thérapie (CATA/ACAT). It aims to enhance the profession and practice of art therapy through publishing ethical, empirical, and original scholarly research. All articles in this journal have undergone rigorous double-blind peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing. The journal incorporates Canadian and international voices of art therapy to: 

  • Advance the understanding and use of innovative art therapy theories, interventions and practices;
  • Promote diverse ethical research methodologies and perspectives in art therapy, including arts-based research, quantitative and qualitative research;
  • Further knowledge and education in the field of art therapy for mental health and allied professionals.

The CATA Journal is looking for a Lead Editor, or the potential of two Associate Editors to work together. The role is two-year commitment and is a voluntary position.


The Lead Editor is responsible for leadership of the journal and for the coordination and processing of content for publication, taking ultimate responsibility for editorial decision-making and for the journal’s on-going development. They are supported in this by the Research and Publications Chair and the editorial review board, as well as by the editorial and production staff at Routledge, the publishers of the journal.

Main Tasks Include:

  • Promotes scholarship in art therapy;
  • Supports the journal, by encouraging new and established authors to submit articles;
  • Manage and support a reliable panel of expert reviewers;
  • Offers feedback to reviewers when required;
  • Evaluates and makes final decisions regarding articles published in the journal;
  • Evaluates and updates the journal’s policies and strategic plans;
  • Coordinates the publication of journals through the editorial management website, with the support of Taylor & Francis managing editor;
  • Liaises with the publisher and production team;
  • Ensures that manuscripts are ready for print (e.g., review page proofs);
  • Responsible to the Canadian Art Therapy Association Research and Publication Committee Chair;
  • Liaises with CATA committee members and stakeholders, as needed. 


  • Opportunity to contribute directly to the field of art therapy and influence the development of art therapy research in Canada;
  • Continued professional and academic development;
  • Enhanced knowledge in the field, research, and writing skills;
  • Training and support from the Taylor & Francis team, which helps the editor gain a deep understanding of journal publication processes;
  • Other skills gained: management skills, public relations skills, mentoring skills, curator skills, commissioning skills (commissioning special topics and articles), etc.;
  • Financial support to attend the annual Canadian Art Therapy Association conference;
  • Note: this position would particularly benefit a member who has a tenure-track position in academia.

The ideal Lead Editor Candidate:

  • PhD in field related to art therapy or similar experience;
  • Passion for art therapy research;
  • Extensive knowledge of contemporary challenges and debates in art therapy research, policy and practice;
  • A track record of research and publication;
  • Sound understanding of journal quality markers and experience of peer review;
  • Experience of editorial board work;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, including working proficiency in English language (and French if possible);
  • Evidenced commitment to participatory management and shared decision-making;
  • Evidenced commitment to equality, inclusion and non-discrimination;
  • Ability to manage online manuscript submission, review and tracking systems and willingness to learn;
  • Suitable arrangements to ensure the administrative smooth-running of the journal;
  • Evidenced efficiency in managing work to tight deadlines;
  • Management and leadership skills.

Application Procedure

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV to the Canadian Art Therapy Association President, Haley Toll at, and the current Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal Lead Editor, Dr. Pamela Whitaker at

Thank you,

Haley Toll, CATA President

Pamela Whitaker, CATA Journal Lead Editor