The Relationship between Research and Practice

  • George Stricker
  • Robert H. Keisner

Abstract

It is clear that research and clinical practice have a synergistic relationship, with each one informing the other. It is clear that effective clinical psychologists will guide their practice on the basis of established research findings. It is clear that contributing research clinicians will be actively involved in practice, deriving hypotheses from clinical experience in order to better their research which, in turn, will influence their practice. And it is clear that each preceding statement is a romantic platitude, more honored in the breach than in performance. More likely, the practicing clinician does not read research journals very often, having discovered, early on, the irrelevance of the findings to practice. More likely, the research clinician has not treated a clinical patient for years, so the lack of apparent relevance of the findings is of little surprise. And most likely, the practitioner will register disdain for the researcher, who will complain about the disregard of the practitioner for the evidence of science.

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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Stricker
    • 1
  • Robert H. Keisner
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA
  2. 2.C. W. Post CenterLong Island UniversityGreenvaleUSA

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