The aim of the research curriculum is to ensure that trainees gain experience in using a range of research models and strategies, and obtain sophisticated understanding of the evidence base underlying clinical practice. Training in research skills occurs throughout the three years.
Trainees complete a database analysis project and a service-related research project during the first and second year of the programme. In their final year, trainees have a VIVA, where they defend their thesis, which comprises of a literature review or meta-analysis, an empirical study and a paper on the clinical implications of their work. This work is expected to be of publishable standard and we have an excellent record of trainee publications in academic journals. Welsh speaking trainees have the option of completing their assignments through the medium of Welsh. The programme organises translation services.
Research supervision is provided by the programme team, clinical psychologists and colleagues in the School of Psychology. At present, research programmes are being conducted in several areas including the experience of the use of touch in therapy, GPs' discourses around euthanasia and assisted suicide, the link between socio-economic deprivation and rates of psychosis, parental experiences of non-diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, experience of loneliness on an in-patient unit, attachment styles and adherence to dialysis.
The programme supports research projects from within the scientist practitioner tradition, using both quantitative and qualitative methodology. In addition, research in clinical and clinical health psychology is one of the strengths of the School of Psychology.
We hold an annual research conference where the trainees present their research projects through presentations or posters. We invite new entry trainees to this conference before they start on the programme.