Psychologists do mental health research
Psychologists have provided important insights into the understanding of mental health disorders, developed powerful evidence-based treatments recommended in NICE guidelines, and led innovations in service delivery. They have successfully drawn on epidemiological, qualitative, observational, psychometric, experimental, clinical trial, and implementation science methodologies. New technologies have been harnessed for assessment and for increasing access to treatment.
Patient and public involvement in research is taken very seriously. Across the different types of mental health problems - and from services for young children to those for older adults - psychologists have a prominent role in making change happen. It is a profession addressing important questions in mental health care and psychological wellbeing.
5 REASONS WHY PSYCHOLOGISTS MAKE GOOD RESEARCHERS
- Our commitment to helping improve the lives of patients
- We're curious, we ask the right questions, and we can spot the important clinical questions to address
- We think how real-life problems can be understood using psychological theory
- We build collaborations with others
- Our perseverance
TAKE THE NEXT STEP
Keep up to date with the latest research, including new statistical and methodological approaches
Consider writing a research article (eg in The Psychologist) or book review
CASE STUDIES OF PSYCHOLOGIST RESEARCHERS
“There are fantastic examples of psychology being used to make real steps forward in the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. We need talented, dedicated psychologists to help bring about much-needed further change.”
– Professor Daniel Freeman, Consultant Clinical Psychologist