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The Scientist Practitioner: Research and Accountability in the Age of Managed Care (2nd Edition) Paperback – January 25, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0205180981 ISBN-10: 0205180981 Edition: 2nd
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Involvement in practice-based research and accountability is an applied and a research necessity. This book stresses that research and practice are not separate domains but integrated.

Emphasizes managed care and systems of health care delivery; shows how single-case designs fit into an overall model of science-based practice; covers current systems of assessment that allow the evaluation of elinical impact in the practice environment; and describes how program development and evaluation should fit into the skills of the modern empirical clinician. Topics include: a detailed description of managed care systems in chapter 2; includes a model of how ot succeed in managed care in chapter 4; and offers program evaluation in chapter 10.

For clinical psychology practitioners who emphasize evalutation of treatment outcomes.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (January 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205180981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205180981
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I came to psychology because it was a field that mixed art and science. A college student in California during the 1960s (Loyola Marymount) I was initially interested in experiential, humanistic, human potential, and Eastern traditions, but was also drawn toward behavior therapy by the dialectic of its utopianism (e.g., Walden Two) and its scientific rigor. Fascinated by flooding and implosive therapy, my first undergraduate paper in psychology was on applying exposure to feelings, not just situations. I'm still grinding on that same idea in some ways.

I had a hard time getting into graduate school, and bounced around for a couple years with a new baby, doing remodeling for slum lords, living on a commune, and working as an environmental activist. After a year at San Diego State in a program that admitted all with good test scores, I finally figured out that I had a bad letter from a professor. Correcting that, I was finally admitted several places and went to West Virginia University, where I got my Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1977.

I wanted a psychology of human functioning that could transform how we live in our homes, offices, and clinics on the basis of science. Behavior analysis seemed closest but I came to believe that it would never be adequate without a better analysis of language and cognition.

After an internship year at Brown University, I took my first job, UNC-Greensboro in 1976. I stayed there for 10 years. A few years after I arrived I developed a panic disorder and after a year or two of sliding backward, I began to apply some of these various influences to my own struggles.

My students and I roughed out ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) in the early 1980's, did a few outcome studies, and then put outcome studies on hold wile we developed the basic science (Relational Frame Theory and work on rule-governed behavior), the philosophy of science (functional contextualism), and the techniques, measures, and processes that would become ACT in it modern form. Most of that work I did at the University of Nevada, where I have been since 1986.

In 1999 the first ACT book appeared, followed by the RFT book in 2001, and the work really began to take off, both empirically and in term of notariety. My first popular book, Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life (2005), projected the work (and me personally) into a higher level of public visibility (Time, O, Salon.com etc).

I spend my days writing, teaching, researching, helping my students, answering emails, hugging my wife, playing with my new baby, and hanging out with my older kids (14, 17, and 36). I spend a lot of time trying to support the ACT and RFT work of others world wide.

Those interested in ACT and RFT should explore www.contextualpsychology.org There you will find list serves for professionals and an open enrollment "ACT for the Public" list serve that is designed to help public members work with these concepts. There is also a list of ACT therapists worldwide.

Personal Honors and such

In 1992 I was listed by APS as the 30th "highest impact" psychologist in the world during 1986-1990

I've been President of Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) of APA, of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology and of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. I chaired the organizing committee for the APS, was its first Secretary-Treasurer, and first editor of the APS Observer. I received the Hake Award for Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and Its Applications from Division 25 of the APA. In 1999, HHS Secretary Donna Shalala appointed me to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse.

What this work is about is creating a scientific psychology more adequate to the challenge of the human condition, and getting it into the hands of others at low cost and with minimal hierarchy. If you care about that work and there is a way I can be of help, let me know.

- S

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Grad Student on February 6, 2006
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Having studied experimental research designs for the past 6 years and numerous topics dedicated to the subject, I have found this text to be the most convoluted and dense book on the subject of research yet. Rarely do the authors speak in a language that is accessible and meaningful to the general audiences of researchers and pre-researchers. Instead they are overly verbose and convoluted which makes searching for the key points and important concepts like fishing for a needle in a haystack. Here is an example sentence from page 202:

"The multiple baseline consists of a coordinated series of two or more replicated simple phase changes in several different data series arranged by person, behavior, time period, situation or any combination of these, in which the phase changes occur at different points in real time and after different first-phase lengths such that behavior changes are generally seen in interrupted series before phase changes are made in uninterrupted series."

A long, dense run-on sentence which does not succintly clarify the pointin a pithy or concise manner. Translation please! This book contains 386 pages of such text, and although there is valuable information within it, it is not user-friendly in the least.

If interested in research methodology and design, I would instead recommend Research Methods texts written by Zechmeister, Zechmeister, & Shaughnessy.
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By Rebecca on February 17, 2015
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