PSYD 712 - Research Design and Methodology (3)

In this first course, focusing on research design and methodology, students will examine the scientific methods needed to critically analyze published research, develop scientifically sound studies and program evaluations, and apply findings in clinical settings. The goal is for students to become critical local scientists, and to evaluate the utility and validity of empirical studies. The course is designed to provide a broad introduction to issues of research methods and design in the social sciences. Students will learn a spectrum of methods available for research in the clinical domain, ranging from basic to applied, including experimental, quasi experimental, and single subject designs as well as strategies used in evaluating the effectiveness of intervention programs in a variety of mental health settings. Quantitative and qualitative data analytic techniques, as applied to research evaluation and design, will be examined, and special attention will be given to culturally sensitive approaches to community engagement and dissemination of results. Ethical considerations and best practices for working with diverse populations will be integrated throughout the course. The focus will be on knowing when to use various research designs, what they produce, and how to conduct program improvement and evaluation projects and interpret results. The emphasis of this introductory course is on breadth rather than depth, on familiarity and critical engagements within concepts.