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date: 18 April 2021

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Despite daunting statistics portraying the staggering scope and costs of mental illness, recent years have witnessed considerable advances in our understanding of psychopathology and optimal methods for intervention. However, relative to other sciences, clinical psychology is still a relatively nascent field, and as such the majority of work is ahead of us. The prepared investigator must be familiar with the full portfolio of modern research strategies for the science of clinical psychology. The present Handbook has recruited some of the field’s foremost experts to explicate the essential research strategies currently used across the modern clinical psychology landscape. Part I of the Handbook addresses design strategies for clinical psychology and covers laboratory methods in experimental psychopathology, single-case experimental designs, small pilot trials, the randomized controlled trial, adaptive and modular treatment designs, and dissemination methods and models. Part II addresses measurement strategies for clinical psychology and covers assessment, change measurement, observational coding, measurement of process variables across treatment, structural and functional brain imagining, and experience sampling data-collection methods. Part III addresses analytic strategies for clinical psychology and includes chapters on statistical power, correlation and regression, randomized clinical trial data analysis, conventions in mediation and moderation analysis, structural equation modeling, meta-analytic techniques, item-response theory, and the appropriate handling of missing data. In Part IV, matters of responsible conduct in clinical psychology research are covered, including ethical considerations in clinical research and important issues in research with culturally diverse populations. The book concludes with an integrative summary of research strategies addressed across the volume, and guidelines for future directions in research methodology, design, and analysis that will keep our young science moving forward in a manner that maximizes scientific rigor and clinical relevance.

Keywords: Research methods, research strategies, methodology, design, measurement, data analysis

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