Psychology Research Methods: A Writing Intensive Approach integrates the teaching of knowledge in research methods with skills in formulating and writing research proposals. Using an experiential approach and organized around the task of writing a complete APA-style research proposal, the book guides readers in understanding and applying critical concepts and processes in behavioral science research methods. It helps them justify and propose a randomized controlled trial of the efficacy of a treatment for a common mental health problem, including establishing a scientific premise for their argument, reading basic research on the epidemiology of the disorder and applied research on existing interventions, and more.
This book provides cleverly crafted small group activities that mimic peer review and teach how to provide explicit positive and corrective feedback. It builds both social and intellectual capital as readers learn about the culture of science and its emphasis on collaboration and rigor.
- Teaches knowledge and skills through brief didactic presentations
- Includes individual and group activities to support close reading of scientific papers
- Guides the reader in the construction of arguments for a research proposal
- Engages readers in subject selection, measurement, research design, and hypothesis testing
- Encourages researchers to be conscientious and engaged peer reviewers
2. Establishing epidemiological significance: Demonstrating the importance and nature of the problem, and understanding who is at risk
3. Establishing the theory of the Problem: Understanding mechanisms which initiate and maintain the problem
4. Establishing the theory of the Solution: Evaluating effective interventions and identifying interventions that are appropriate for the population at risk
5. Identifying gaps in the Literature: Identifying threats to internal and external validity. Proposing new hypotheses and new approaches
6. Testing hypotheses: Developing the research design and linking the design to the literature reviewed
7. Preparing for analyses and understanding potential results
Dr. Brondolo is an established, funded researcher for the past 25 years. She has served as a permanent member of several NIH-Center for Scientific Review study sections, providing me with extensive experience in reviewing of research proposals. She reviews papers for many journals and is on the editorial board of 2 journals and is a consulting editor on another. Serving as a reviewer of grants and research papers has provided her with extensive experience in evaluating research. Dr Brondolo has gained insight into the types of scientific arguments and methods that are necessary to build good research. She has been teaching research methods to undergraduates and supervising graduate student research (for masters and dissertations) for 26 years, and to medical residents for 8 years.