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The Modern Scientist-Practitioner
A Guide to Practice in Psychology

ISBN 9781138871939
Published May 21, 2015 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

The Modern Scientist-Practitioner argues for a radical rethink of how we understand the science-practice relationship and the notion of the scientist-practitioner model.

Drawing on the latest innovations and research from the fields of anthropology, industry, philosophy, psychology and science, David Lane and Sarah Corrie present a new vision of the scientist-practitioner model that is dynamic, contextualised and synergistic. Subjects covered include:

  • innovation and improvization: The unacknowledged world of the creative scientist-practitioner.
  • what kind of scientists are we? re-examining the Nature of Scientific knowledge.
  • acquiring the art of reasoning: straddling the worlds of rigour and meaning.
  • arriving at shared psychological narratives: formulation and explanation.
  • the scientist-practitioner in applied psychology settings.
  • learning for tomorrow: professional survival in an uncertain world.

This timely and thought-provoking book will appeal to professionals at all stages of their careers, including psychologists of all disciplines, researchers, educators, policy-makers, healthcare professionals and students.

Table of Contents

Lunt, Foreword. Introduction, What Does it Mean to be a Scientist-Practitioner? Working Towards a New Vision. Acquiring the Art of Reasoning: Straddling the Worlds of Rigour and Meaning. Arriving at Shared Psychological Narratives: Formulation and Explanation. Innovation and Improvization: The Unacknowledged World of the Creative Scientist-Practitioner. What Kind of Scientists Are We? Re-examining the Nature of Scientific Knowledge. Developing an Identity as a Scientist-Practitioner: Defining Who we Are. Miller, Frederickson, Generalizable Findings and Idiographic Problems: Struggles and Successes for Educational Psychologists as Scientist-Practitioners. Bury, Strauss, The Scientist-Practitioner in a Counselling Psychology Setting. Haarbosch, Newey, Feeling One’s Way in the Dark: Applying the Scientist-Practitioner Model in an Emerging Field. Cavanagh, Grant, Coaching Psychology and the Scientist-Practitioner Model. Kwaitowski, Winter, Roots, Relativity and Realism: The Occupational Psychologist as Scientist-Practitioner. Bono, The Scientist-Practitioner as Thinker: A Comment on Judgement and Design. Learning for Tomorrow: Professional Survival in an Uncertain World. Conclusion: The Scientist-Practitioner Model: A New Vision.

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David Lane is Research Director at the International Centre for the Study of Coaching at Middlesex University and Director of the Professional Development Foundation. He Chairs the BPS Register of Psychotherapy and is Convenor of the EFPA Psychotherapy Group.

Sarah Corrie is an Associate of the Professional Development Foundation and the University of London. She trained as a clinical psychologist and, in addition to running her own practice, is a member of British Actors Equity and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She is also a freelance writer, trainer and lecturer.


" invaluable text for trainees and qualified psychologists alike..." - Counselling Psychology Review

"...a well thought out contribution relevant for any applied psychologist concerned with understanding the philosophical and pragmatic reality of their practice." - International Coaching Psychology Review

"Lane and Corrie provide a timely and stimulating re-examination of the model of the scientist-practitioner in psychology, and subject the traditional conceptions of science which underpin it to sustained critique." - Stephen Gibson, Psychology Learning and Teaching, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2009