Think about how basic and applied research, as well as research designs, could be used in forensic psychology research

Forensic psychology covers a very broad body of knowledge and has many branches. Forensic psychology professionals often choose an area of interest, such as criminal forensic psychology or custody evaluations, and specialize in that area in their clinical practice. Research is relevant to forensic psychology for a variety of reasons. As a forensic psychology, professional, you will need to know what the research literature says about your area of practice to effectively conduct your work. For example, you may need to administer psychological tests or conduct other evaluations, and knowing the strengths and weaknesses of these tests or evaluation tools will inform your practice.
Different types of research and research approaches are presented in this week’s Learning Resources. And, while you may not ever conduct research as a forensic psychology professional, it is important for you to be able to critically review such research and understand its impact on your practice.

To prepare for this Discussion:
Review Chapter 1 in Stangor, C. (2013). Research methods for the behavioral sciences (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

• Think about how basic and applied research, as well as research designs, could be used in forensic psychology research.
• Consider the three basic research designs (<link is hidden> descriptive, correlational, and experimental) for studying behavior.
• Think about the strengths and weaknesses of each research design as it relates to forensic psychology research.

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