Enhancing graduate student training through collaborative research: Working and learning together in response to the gulf oil spill

Stefan E. Schulenberg, Lauren Flegle Johnson, Christopher Drescher, James D. Herzog, Scott G. Willoughby, Mardi Allen

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Abstract

Research and assessment skills are important competencies for psychologists to possess regardless of their professional role. Participating in collaborative research during graduate training is an effective way for graduate students to gain a diversity of experiences in these areas. The current work describes the training opportunities in a collaborative research project examining mental health effects of the Gulf Oil Spill on Mississippi coastal residents. An additional function of this collaborative research project was to assess the mental health services provided in the context of the spill. The purpose of this article is to emphasize the opportunities that accompany exposure to methodological issues associated with collaborative research, as well as experience with public health administration (i.e., provision of psychological services). In addition, we emphasize the importance of having an understanding of the real-world implications of collected data (e.g., via presentations, publications, and agency reports). Suggestions are offered with respect to the incorporation of such experiences into graduate training curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-319
Number of pages8
JournalTraining and Education in Professional Psychology
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Collaborative research
  • Deepwater horizon oil spill
  • Graduate student training
  • Gulf oil spill
  • Technological disaster

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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