Research Methods for Forensic Psychologists is an accessible and comprehensive textbook that introduces students to the research process in forensic psychology. Adopting a problem-based learning approach, this book offers a ‘how-to’ guide to the whole research process and empowers readers to develop their own programme of research, from initial vague ideas, to developing a research question, to carrying out a methodologically rigorous research project, to disseminating the findings.
The text is centred on five case studies, sufficiently different in nature to address the most common research methodologies. Each case study is linked with a specific research question that will be used to illustrate the research process throughout the rest of the book. Topics covered in the book include:
Throughout, issues of common difficulty or confusion are highlighted and activities are provided for readers to consider and apply the information discussed further. Additional reading sections and summaries are also provided at the end of each chapter. This book is essential reading for advanced students in Forensic Psychology, as well as trainees and practitioners within relevant forensic psychology organisations.
‘This book is a landmark text that is set to become a fundamental read for forensic students and researchers. Sarah Brown and Emma Sleath have done a fantastic job of putting together a text that explains the process of conducting forensic psychology research from start to finish. This is the first UK textbook to specifically grapple with the "real-world" problems experienced by forensic researchers which mainstream texts are unable to address. I only wish such a text had been available when I was conducting my own PhD!’ - Theresa A. Gannon, Professor of Forensic Psychology, CORE-FP, University of Kent, UK
‘Comprehensive, accessible, detailed and practical - a gem of a book for anyone researching in a forensic setting. From formulating your research question to disseminating your findings, everything you need to know to plan, conduct and present your research is right here. A "must-have" for all students and budding researchers in criminal justice.’ - Jo Clarke, PhD, Programme Director, MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology, University of York, UK
‘I am delighted to endorse this book. I have been involved in delivering postgraduate forensic psychology training for almost 20 years and this is THE book that we have been waiting for. It is clear and concise and focuses on all the main issues that plague any early researcher in the forensic field. I will be putting this on my required reading for our postgraduates and would recommend that postgraduate students, early researchers and all other course directors buy a copy too.’ - Liz Gilchrist, Professor of Forensic Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
1. Introduction Section 1: Designing and planning 2. Searching the literature 3. Methods 4. Types of data 5. From research question to research design 6. Practical and feasibility issues in research 7. Ethics in forensic psychology research 8. Research proposal Section 2: Conducting research 9. Gaining ethical approval 10. Setting up and implementing your study 11. Collecting data 12. Data analysis Section 3: Dissemination of your research findings 13. Purpose of dissemination 14. Literature review papers 15. Empirical papers 16. Conference presentations.