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Invitation to Participate in Research Study: Mindfulness, Social Attitudes, and Bias Awareness [Oct. 31st, 2009|12:28 am]
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Should take about 10 to 15 minutes! Thanks for your help! And if you know anyone else who might take it, forward away!

Invitation to Participate in Research Study: Mindfulness, Social Attitudes, and Bias Awareness

This is a web-based survey research study involving: mindfulness, social attitudes regarding eperience, comfort and appreciation with diversity, and awareness of personal bias. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship of mindfulness (awareness and acceptance) to social attitudes, specifically the experience and comfort with and appreciation of people who are different or similar.

We are asking you to complete a web-based survey that will take 30 minutes. Some items are sensitive, such as asking you about your religious beliefs or prejudices, but no more so than you would encounter in everyday life; you may skip a question if it makes you uncomfortable. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. By filling out the survey, you are agreeing to participate in the study. If you have any questions or concerns about this project, contact Dr. Sue C. Jacobs, Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at (405) 744-9895; sue.c.jacobs@okstate.edu. Other research team members include, Anne P. Weese, Maria Howell, Nathan Richards, Julie Swagerty, and Rich Zamora. This study has been approved by the Oklahoma State University IRB. Thank you for your willingness to assist us with this research.
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Confidence Interval [Feb. 22nd, 2009|11:17 pm]
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[mood |confusedconfused]

Is there an average confidence interval one should use when calculating sample size in a quantitative dissertation? Or are there specific variables I should consider first when looking at the confidence interval?

I'm looking at doing a study with 5th, 6th, and 7th graders, and the total population I could potentially sample is approximately 2000 students.

Thank you!
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so yeh, I'm a spy [Dec. 28th, 2007|12:02 pm]
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I have my life planned out before me but just haven't stepped in the right direction yet... lol. 

I still need to go to graduate school however I did an independent study as a undergrad that I'm stil working on. My IRB approval is about to run out.. I can renew it but the problem has been the stats of course. I'm not a stats magician... and my research is something I plan to take with me to grad school. 

My original plans were to aim for a PhD in Counseling Psychology however due to major and severe health problems/disability, my thoughts have wavered on this. It's still an option though somewhat more obscure and distant. The more rational goal is to get my MSW but you see, that's not the path I had planned out.. so I'm still working through the process of acceptance here. 

I have had many friends crawl, crimp, cry and finally finish their Dissertations and it has always been fun. I have attended one Masters defense and one Dissertation defense. I have read a few in the pre- finishing point and after... I find it quite stimulating and motivating... well.. that is for the inner psych nerd in me... 

My research is on Disability and Body Image... amazingly, there is little in this area... or in many area surrounding disability and psychology despite our (disabled community) ever growing mainstreamed integrate ADA society.. at least here in the US... at least ideally.... 

So with that... Ive been told my research should be carried on into my graduate studies and I hope to if Only i could clean it up now and get some stats done... but in the mean time.... I wouldn't mind hanging around here to spy on the die-hards and maybe gain some cerebral motivation and maybe even manage to contribute something to this place. 

yours truly,

the wanna be..  
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Scope of Practice Research Help? [Jun. 16th, 2007|11:52 pm]
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I am researching for my dissertation (eek!) and need help finding more articles/books/studies/wacko opinions on scope of practice for mental health professionals (MFTs, Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, etc) in California. More specifically, I need anything related to the knowledge of scope of practice the professionals have. In other words, how well do various professionals know what their SOP is and/or the SOP for other mental health fields?

Any resource or searching tips would be great. I've run into a bit of a wall.

Thanks so much.

x-posted here there and everywhere
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Statistics question [Nov. 21st, 2006|12:53 pm]
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I've emailed my committee member that's helping me with the statistical part of my dissertation, but just in case anyone had some wisdom for me:

All of my variables are categorical except for age. As such, the correlation measure I should use is the Spearman rho, correct? As opposed to the Pearson r which is used for variables that are intervals, such as scores. If I do, in fact, need to use the Spearman rho, can excel do that? Excel has a sort of all-purpose correlation function and a Pearson coefficient function but I don't see anything about Spearman rho.

Does anyone know?

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Introduction [Aug. 28th, 2006|06:08 pm]
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Hi all, my name is Annie and I'm a 5th year student in clinical psychology. I'm just entering candidacy (I know, it's taken long enough, hasn't it) and I will be studying treatment of women's sexual problems in my dissertation. I'm not applying for internship until next fall, so that takes some of the heat off. On the other hand that means I need to publish more and apply for grant funding during my "extra time," so I suppose it's a wash in the end. :)

^^Waves to the crowd^^
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Introduction [Aug. 26th, 2006|12:25 pm]
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Hi and thanks to </a></font></strong></a>iswari for starting this community. It would be nice to have a place to vent, get support, and motivation for my dissertation. I'm 38, married and have a young child. I'm in a PsyD program and have everything finished except for my dissertation and internship. I am in the process of applying for internship right now. I just defended my dissertation proposal a few weeks ago. So I still have a ways to go. Fortunately, I am working with an existing data set so there's no reason why I shouldn't be able to finish it before I go in internship, right? Right?

I have come to the realization that I need to leave the house in order to get anything done on my dissertation. I have to treat it like a job or it's just too eaasy to procrastinate. I am in the proces of trying to line up childcare two days a week so I can do that. Not an easy task! Especially since we are on one income and babies ain't cheap!

My dissertation is in the area of Irving Kirsch's expectancy theory and menopause.

Anyway, glad to be here.
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my intro :) [Aug. 25th, 2006|09:06 pm]
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Hi :)
Thanks for starting this up...there really did seem to be a little gap as far as having something for the psych people who are a little further along in their studies.

I'm Brooke, a 28-year-old social psych grad student. I'm starting my 6th year, which was sort of made necessary by the fact that I've been teaching a lot the past couple of years and really need more publications for the job market. I'm about halfway through data collection on my dissertation, and it's pretty depressing. I had one of those topics which my committee decribed as possibly being a great risk with a great reward. There was a good theoretical basis for why some other findings might have linked together, but there could have been other explanations besides mine. Anyway, after this first round of data collection, it looks as if that's the case. Technically, the finding is still important because it allows the area to rule out an explanation, but we all know that's not publication-worthy! :p I still have another study to run that's related, but still could produce different results.

Outside of that, though, my main focus is just finishing it. I really want a job at a teaching-focused college, or with some sort of public policy research. I need to feel like I'm having a direct effect on something or somebody.

So I'm currently working on that, teaching a couple of upper-level classes (already prepped!), working on job applications, and planning a wedding for March. :) It's going to be a busy year!
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Introduction [Aug. 25th, 2006|07:10 pm]
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[mood |productive]
[music |Norah Jones - Creepin' In]

Well, considering that I just spent my Friday working on the first draft of my dissertation proposal (it's 75% done - woo hoo!), let me be the first to introduce msyelf...

My name is Julie and I'm a 5th year Clinical Psych student, with a Child Neuropsych emphasis. My dissertation will be on the neurodevelopmental effects of chronic hypoxia in preterm birth infants, assessed at preschool age. I am very fortunate in that I've been collecting my data all along under a larger study, so when the time comes and I get this sucker approved, I'll be all set and ready to start analyzing. I'm totally Stats-Phobic and hate the entire research process. I plan to defend before I begin Internship next September (which obviously means I am in the midst of the APPIC process right now also), hopefully even sooner than that. And I guess that's about it.
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Welcome! [Aug. 25th, 2006|06:32 pm]
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Hi, all. As I'm getting to work on my own dissertation, I'm finding that there is a community for masters-level theses, communities for dissertations in other subject areas (e.g., medieval studies) and general grad student communities...but I'm not finding any active communities for doctoral students working on their dissertations, psych or general. Hence, I just created this community. A few guidelines:

~ This is a community for people who are currently matriculated in a psychology doctoral program and are at any phase of their dissertation research, for the purpose of discussing what's going well and what isn't and for cheering each other through the good times (e.g., completing drafts, coming up with a significant finding, passing the proposal or dissertation defense or even just getting some work done!) and supporting each other through the struggles (e.g., procrastination or writer's block, dealing with difficult or absent chairs or committee members, research snags, balancing dissertation and internship/work and family life).

~ If you need to vent, consider making your entry friends-only, for privacy.

~ Please refrain from posting any confidential material in this community.

Anyway, let's introduce ourselves (and, hopefully, get down to work!). ;-D
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