Not so, assert the editors of Elements of Clinical Research in Psychiatry. The editors, all actively engaged in clinical research, bring this topic to life by combining a boundless enthusiasm for their chosen field with a depth of knowledge rarely seen in the literature. They show that clinical research can be rewarding not only because the research results contribute to improving the welfare of psychiatric patients, but also because the research process itself is exciting.
Arguably the definitive guidebook on clinical psychiatric research, this volume discusses Careers in clinical mental health research -- Describes what clinical psychiatric researchers do and how to get started on this career path.
Research design, measurement, and assessment -- Covers all aspects of research design, defines and evaluates measurement types, and details various assessment methods (from interviews and questionnaires to lab tests and brain images).
Descriptive and inferential statistics -- Shows how statistics are used to analyze and summarize measurement data.
Research support -- Provides a roadmap for those seeking research support in the U.S. (more than 90% is funded via NIH), detailing how to write grants from the ground up.
Use of human subjects (the Institutional Review Board [IRB]) and ethics and misconduct -- Demystifies the often intimidating process of seeking and receiving IRB approval, with tips on how to work with the IRB and complete its consent forms; uses a series of practical scenarios, including a highly publicized case of alleged misconduct, to illustrate complex ethics and misconduct issues.
Writing journal articles, reviewing manuscripts, and giving scientific presentations -- Presents the nuts and bolts of publishing journal articles; gives step-by-step advice for reviewing manuscripts and giving oral presentations, symposia, poster sessions, and colloquia.
Carefully chosen appendixes provide readers with additional information they can use right away, augmented by an index and detailed reference list for further investigation.
Anyone considering clinical psychiatric research as a career option will find in this succinct and eminently practical volume the single source they need. Practicing psychiatrists interested in specific areas of clinical research, such as human subject use or biomedical ethics, will also find much of interest here. Replete with useful information, these stimulating discussions provide the building blocks for embarking upon -- and enhancing -- a successful career in clinical psychiatric research.
In an increasingly data-driven world, it is more important than ever for students as well as professionals to better understand the process of research. This invaluable guide answers the essential questions that students ask about research methods in a concise and accessible way.
By contributing to advances in personality measurement,this book seeks to further the science of personality.Fiske is convinced of the importance of developing concepts,variables, and dimensions applicable to all people,rather than the personality of an individual person. Althoughcase studies of personality is necessary for eff ortsto help individuals in the clinic, fi nding and measuringcommon personality attributes is more important to thedevelopment of a science of personality.
Managing Personality was written for two groups ofpeople. It is intended to present the status quo to thosewho want a synthesis of personality measurement as itexists. Such people may have some general interest inthe field or may be interested in it because they intend towork in such related areas as clinical practice. The secondaudience includes students of personality who are concernedwith evaluating the measurement of personality,and especially people who are conducting such researchor are preparing themselves for such work.
Donald W. Fiske was professor emeritusof psychology at the University ofChicago. He was also a fellow of theAmerican Association for the Advancementof Science and president of theMidwestern Psychological Association.He is the author or editor of numerousbooks including Face-to-Face Interactions:Research, Methods, and Theory, Interaction Structure andStrategy, Measuring the Concepts of Personality, and Metatheoryin Social Science.