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Am Psychol. 2006 Dec;61(9):959-66.

Translational research: how social psychology can improve psychotherapy.

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Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, MN, USA. tashiro@psyc.umd.edu

Abstract

In an effort to generate innovative treatments, the National Institute of Mental Health has made translational research for alleviating mental illness a major funding priority. Although translational research is a powerful approach for moving basic science findings into novel treatments, it remains ambiguous and rarely implemented in psychology. The current article describes conceptual and methodological issues involved with translational research, including considerations about time frame, scope of hypothesis tested, dose of treatment, contraindication, and sampling. Translational concepts and methods are illustrated with areas of social psychology that are promising for translation into solutions for pressing questions in psychotherapy research.

PMID:
17154722
DOI:
10.1037/0003-066X.61.9.959
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