George Tasca Named Editor of Group Dynamics

Tasca Selected as Next Editor of Group Dynamics; Term to Begin in 2019

Dr. Giorgio Tasca has been selected by the Division 49 Executive Committee as the next editor of Group Dynamics.  Dr. Tasca currently serves the division as President-Elect.  He will assume editorship in January 2019, after completion of his term as division President.  The Executive Committee has asked current editor David Marcus to extend his term by one year through December 2018, and he has agreed to do so.

Dr. Tasca is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa.  He is an expert on attachment theory and its influence on eating disorders; group therapeutic approaches to the treatment of eating disorders; and application of statistical modeling approaches to group data.  In 2016 he guest-edited an issue of Group Dynamics on statistical methods in group psychology and group psychotherapy, and prior to that served as both an Associate Editor (2012 – 2015) and Consulting Editor (2008 – 2011) for the journal.

To assist with the transition, the Executive Committee has elevated Associate Editor Jay Jackson to the position of Senior Associate Editor.  Dr. Jackson will continue to serve the journal in this capacity after Dr. Tasca takes over.  Dr. Jackson is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.  He is completing his seventh year as an Associate Editor of Group Dynamics.  He is an expert on intergroup relations, with particular emphases on expression of intergroup hostility, and the influence of goal conflict on cooperation in mixed-motive settings.  He also has expertise in group decision-making and social identity.