Research Strategies in Clinical Psychology
The incorporation of research and the scientific method within the training of clinical psychologists is a unique aspect of this field. While most professions train their students strictly in applied clinical aspects of the respective field, the professional training of clinical psychologists emphasizes both scientific (research) and clinical (applied) aspects (Raimey, 1950). Normally, this training culminates in the award of a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.), which is contingent upon an original research contribution to the field. Indeed, research and clinical psychology are intimately connected. As noted by Phares (1979), experience in research provides clinical psychologists with a “professional identity that made us unique in the mental health world.... and differentiates the clinical psychologist from the rest of the pack” (p. 15).
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