The scientist‐practitioner model and clinical psychology: Time for change?

Paul R. Martin

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Four complementary studies explored the current status of the scientist‐practitioner model; the degree to which clinical psychologists engaged in research consumption, research activity, and publication; and attitudes to research and training. The results showed that the model still enjoys widespread support, but contrary to the model, most clinical psychologists do not engage in research let alone publish findings. They appear to monitor research findings but whether this influences their practice is debatable. Clinical psychologists report that they would like to do more research but perceive time pressures and lack of funding as the major obstacles. A number of recommendations for change were made, including the following: University clinical courses should shift the focus of their research training to methodologies which are more clinically relevant and more compatible “with clinical settings; employing agencies should give a higher priority to research; and more collaboration between psychologists in academic and applied settings should occur. 1989 Australian Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-92
Number of pages22
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1989
Externally publishedYes

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