There are many techniques that interdisciplinary health-service psychologists have developed and used to help them better understand why patients in health care settings think, feel, and behave the way they do. When selecting a method, researchers make decisions about what design, measures, and analytic techniques will best capture the outcomes that interest them. The resources included here do not constitute a comprehensive list of resources, but may provide a starting point for trainees.
First, learn more about the basic research design categories most often used among health psychologists, rehabilitation psychologists, and clinical neuropsychologists. Don't forget to review one of the most commonly used tools by psychological researchers, the Likert-type scale, found in this commentary on best practices.
Next, try visiting the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) online. OBSSR has developed a helpful web tool called e-Source. E-Source is a comprehensive anthology that outlines key methods for developing and implementing high quality research through a fun and interactive learning website.
The American Psychological Association also boasts a number of research tools and resources for trainees. Here are a few articles that are particularly relevant for students training in interdisciplinary health care settings:
- Choose your research methods wisely (gradPSYCH, 2005)
- Continuing science education (Monitor, 2004)
Finally, intervention research makes up a large proportion of the research being conducted by rehabilitation psychologists, clinical neuropsychologists, and health psychologist. In the presentation you see to the right, Dawn Ehde, PhD, highlights key tips for designing and carrying out intervention research, including pilot studies and randomized controlled trials.