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Division on Addiction, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance

Research Methods for Health Professionals: An Introductory Course

Tuesday, November 13 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Macht Auditorium, Cambridge Hospital campus, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.

Course Directors Heather Gray, PhD & Sarah Nelson, PhD
Faculty Debi LaPlante, PhD, Julia Braverman, PhD, and Matthew Tom, PhD, Division on Addiction Faculty and Staff


The Division on Addiction offers a special one-day course that will provide an introduction to research methods for health professionals. The course faculty specialize in research on addiction and will present examples and case studies from this standpoint, but lessons learned will be relevant across health care fields. This course will provide an understanding of research methodology necessary for participants wishing to supplement their clinical activities with research. It will also give students the tools to become critical consumers of research, a first step toward integrating evidence-based medicine into practice. Topics will include sample selection, survey research and design, reliability and validity, self report issues, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, correlation and causation, longitudinal design, statistical inference, human subject issues, preparing manuscripts, and grant funding.

Topics will include:
Sample selection, survey research and design, reliability and validity, self report issues, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, correlation and causation, longitudinal design, statistical inference, human subject issues, preparing manuscripts, and grant funding.

The primary goal of this course is to provide participants with the tools necessary to be critical consumers of research and (if desired) begin to design their own research. By the end of the course, participants will be able to critically evaluate empirical research, identify critical components and potential pitfalls of research designs, determine the appropriate research design for a given research question, and explore potential sources of funding for their own research.

Participation is open to clinicians, trainees and allied health professionals interested in conducting or better understanding research.

For additional information or passwords to the presentations below, please email Dr. Heather Gray at hgray@challiance.org.


Class 1 Course Introduction & Research Design Part 1 - Dr. Sarah Nelson

Class 2 Data Collection & Procedures - Dr. Heather Gray

Class 3 Measurement & Validity - Dr. Julia Braverman

Class 4 Crash Course in Statistics - Dr. Matthew Tom

Class 5 Research Ethics - Dr. Sarah Nelson

Class 6 Reading Science Critically - Dr. Debi LaPlante

Class 7 Bringing Science into your Practice - Course Faculty

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