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Addressing Social Issues through Mental Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations: Challenges, Strategies, and Interventions

Submission Deadline: 01 April 2024 Submit to Special Issue

Guest Editors

Gabriela Topa
Faculty of Psychology, UNED, National University of Distance Education, Madrid, Spain.
Gabriela holds the position of Full Professor in the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at Spain's largest public university specializing in distance learning. She earned her Master's Degree in Education Sciences in 1999, followed by a Master's Degree in Psychology in 2001, and concluded her academic training with a Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2004. Gabriela has established robust collaborative relationships with international research groups, partnering with esteemed colleagues from the Universities of Bologna, Florence, and Leipzig, as well as institutions in New Zealand and Latin America. Her research agenda encompasses multiple domains, including the study of identity, diversity, and sustainable well-being within groups and organizations. She also investigates the health-related outcomes of stress and sexual harassment in workplace settings.

María de los Angeles López González
Department of Psychology, Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC), Madrid, Spain.
Dr. M. Ángeles López-González is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC). She has previously held teaching positions at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Pontifical University Comillas, and the National University of Distance Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2016 from the latter university, receiving the Outstanding Doctoral Award. She also holds a Master's degree in Research in Psychology (2011) and a University Specialist qualification in Cognitive-Constructivist Psychotherapeutic Intervention (2012). Additionally, she has obtained the DEA (2010) and the diploma of Tutor of the European Higher Education Area (2010), subsequent to her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and completing the first cycle of the Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery. Her research interests include themes such as violence in dating relationships, the design of systematic reviews, bibliometric analysis methodologies in studies of social problems, and the evaluation of cognitive indices using the Grid Technique applied to social challenges from a constructivist approach. She has been part of several competitive national and international research projects and is a member of the PLURAL Research Group at URJC (led by Dr. Carlos María Alcover) and the Research Group in Constructivist Psychology at UNED (led by Dr. Luis Ángel Saúl).

Guofang Wang
Current Vice Dean of the School of Sociology at China University of Political Science and Law
Female, PhD, professor, master's supervisor.
Research interests: General Psychology, Emotional Regulation and Mental Health, Crisis Intervention, Psychological Counseling, New Developments in Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, etc.

Zhiyan Chen
Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Professor, Master's Supervisor.
Research interests: Clinical Psychology
- National mental health survey
- Assessment and promotion of mental health literacy
- Research and Promotion of Adolescent Mental Health
- Psychological health of technology workers

Xiaopeng Ren
Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Male, Researcher, Doctoral Supervisor.
Title: Researcher.
Researcher, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Member of the Social Psychology Professional Committee of the Chinese Psychological Society Member of the Cultural Psychology Professional Committee
Member of the Big Data Network Psychology Professional Committee of the Chinese Society of Social Psychology
Director of the Psychological Assessment Professional Committee of the Chinese Psychological Health Association
Unit: Researcher, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Research Interests: Social psychology, Cultural Psychology, Individual Psychology, Organizational Psychology.


This special issue, titled "Addressing Social Issues through Mental Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations: Challenges, Strategies, and Interventions," concentrates on the nexus of social issues, anxiety, and mental health promotion within vulnerable populations. It aligns with the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, recognizing the significant impact of social factors like poverty, inequality, and limited healthcare access on mental health disparities. The goal is to explore and present effective strategies and interventions that address these social challenges while promoting mental well-being in vulnerable communities.

The issue seeks contributions that demonstrate an understanding of the intricate relationship between social determinants, stress, and mental health. Submissions should present innovative, evidence-based approaches for mental health promotion, specifically designed to meet the challenges faced by vulnerable populations. Topics of interest include mental health promotion in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, tailored interventions for marginalized groups, overcoming financial barriers in mental health care, and effective responses to stress, anxiety, burnout, and distress resulting from social adversities.

This issue aims to enhance understanding of the ways social issues and anxiety affect mental health, highlighting successful interventions and programs that address these complexities. By featuring original research articles and reviews, it contributes to the broader discourse on improving mental health outcomes for vulnerable groups, emphasizing integrated approaches that address both social and mental health challenges.


Mental health promotion and prevention
Health economics & finance
Sustainable development
Ecological or changing context
Psychological well-being
Socio-emotional adaptation
Civic engagement
Psychosocial factors
Environmental citizenship
Vulnerable populations
Anxiety-related problems 

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