The scientifically-minded psychologist: Science as a core competency

Kathleen J. Bieschke, Nadya A. Fouad, Frank L. Collins, Jane S. Halonen

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At the Competencies Conference: Future Directions in Education and Credentialing in Professional Psychology, the Scientific Foundations and Research Competencies Work Group focused on identifying how psychologists practice scientifically. This article presents the subcomponents associated with the core competency of scientific practice. The subcomponents include: 1) access and apply current scientific knowledge habitually and appropriately; 2) contribute to knowledge; 3) critically evaluate interventions and their outcomes; 4) practice vigilance about how sociocultural variables influence scientific practice; and 5) routinely subject work to the scrutiny of colleagues, stakeholders, and the public. In addition, the article briefly discusses how the depth of training for and assessment of each subcomponent will vary by training model. Implications and future directions for individual psychologists, training programs, and the profession are discussed. This is one of a series of articles published in this issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Several other articles that resulted from the Competencies Conference will appear in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice and The Counseling Psychologist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-723
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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