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Understanding Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

2nd Edition

Edited by Jay C. Thomas, Michel Hersen


514 pages

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Understanding Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Second Edition, is written and designed for graduate students in the psychology and counseling fields, for whom the value of psychological research is not always readily apparent. Contributed to by experts in their respective fields, this text presents research as an indispensable tool for practice, a tool that is used every day to advance knowledge and improve assessment, treatment choice, and client outcomes. The book is divided into four logical parts: Research Foundations, Research Strategies, Research Practice, and finally, Special Problems. Included is a chapter that addresses one of the most important controversies, the distinction between realistic and “gold standard” efficacy studies. The remainder of the book addresses salient issues such as conducting research in various cultures, operating an empirically-oriented practice, and performing research with families, children, and the elderly. Students and professors will find the coverage ample and penetrating, without being too overwhelming.


“Finally – a graduate level text that covers research methodology, common strategies, and ethics, perfectly balancing scientific rigor and the vagaries of clinical practice. This book provides students with a solid background by which to begin their research careers, as both practitioners and consumers of science. It will become the gold standard for graduate courses in research methodology.” - Deborah C. Beidel, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology, Director, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, University of Central Florida, USA

“This edited book is an excellent resource for graduate students in applied psychology programs and related fields. The chapters, which are well written, concise, and informative, will facilitate their understanding and appreciation of the research process.” - Rex Forehand, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Vermont, USA

“Drs. Thomas and Hersen have organized an excellent and extremely useful guide for students of applied social sciences interested in the translation of research to practice. The text is eminently practical, combining excellent reviews of basic research principles followed by real world application of these principles. I particularly enjoyed the extremely well balanced chapter on efficacy vs. effectiveness research, and I think it would be fun for both students and professor alike to participate in a course designed around this book.” - Ron Acierno, PhD, Director, PTSD Clinical Team, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston; Professor, Psychiatry Medical University of South Carolina, USA

Table of Contents

Part I: Research Foundations. Thomas, Rosqvist, Introduction: Science in the Service of Practice. Thomas, Christiansen, Measurement Theory in Research. Minke, Haynes, Sampling: The Generalizability of Data Across Persons, Behaviors, Settings, and Time. Scotti, Morris, Stacom, Cohen, Validity: Controlling and Balancing Interrelated Threats. Part II: Research Strategies. Freeman, Eagle, Single Subject Research Designs. Moyer, Gross, Group Designs. Goldstein, Correlational Methods. Durand, Wang, Clinical Trials. Thomas, Michael, Meta-analysis. Part III: Research Practice. Miller, Williams, Ethical Guidelines in Research. Gilman, Thomas, Winder, Literature Reviews. Thomas, Meeke, French, Planning Data Collection and Performing Analyses. Part IV: Special Problems. Rosqvist, Thomas, Truax, Effectiveness versus Efficacy Studies. Sue, Cheng, Sue, Problems in Generalizing Research to Other Cultures. Clement, Research in Private Practice: How to Determine Your Effectiveness as a Therapist. Sexton, Research with Families. Rapport, Bolden, Chung, Issues in Doing Research with Children. Feliciano, Yochim, Steers, Jay, Segal, Research with Older Adults.

About the Editors

Jay C. Thomas, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Distinguished University Professor, Assistant Dean, and Director of the Counseling Program at the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University. His research interests include applied research methodology, outcome studies, behavioral change, program development and evaluation, personnel selection, job stress, mental health and the workplace, and psychometrics.

Michel Hersen, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor and Dean at the School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University. His research interests include assessment and treatment of older adults, single care research, and administration.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health