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PSY 5360A. Research and Professional Writing. 3-4 Unit.

This course provides an orientation to research methodology for the clinician, focusing on developing competence for using and understanding professional literature throughout a clinical career. Computer access to library resources is demonstrated. The course focuses on basic concepts for research in psychology, the meaning of common statistical procedures, critical thinking about research designs and conclusions, and identifying biases in psychological research. Each student evaluates clinical research studies reported in psychological journals; participates in the design of research on a subject of interest; and prepares a brief review of professional literature on a societally-focused topic in psychology, demonstrating mastery of American Psychological Association format. Required for all MAP students. Students should take this course in the second or third quarter of study.