How We Combine Science and Practice
As Dr. Persons describes in the video above, all of us at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center aim to bridge science and practice through:
- Evidence-based treatment and training. Our treatment and training are informed by findings in the scientific literature. For example, we work collaboratively with every client in every session to help them complete homework assignments between sessions because homework has been shown in many studies to contribute to improved treatment outcome.
- Scientific approach to treatment and training. We collect data at every therapy and training session to guide our treatment and training. The data inform us immediately whether we are meeting the patient’s or trainee’s needs and whether improvements might be needed to better meet those needs.
- Contributing to science. Our clinical and training data, when aggregated, allow us to obtain some more general lessons about CBT. As a result, we can make conference presentations and write papers that make a contribution to science. Please see our list of publications for some examples.
- Research informs treatment and training. Our research work, including our presentations and attendance at scientific conferences and participation in the publication and review process, keeps us up to date with the latest findings in the field, and these inform our clinical and training efforts.
- Combining treatment, training and research. We train clinicians to consume and carry out research as part of their routine daily clinical practice.
Please note that we invite patients and trainees at the CBT and Science Center to participate in research, but you do not need to be a research participant to get treatment at our Center. If you do consent to participate in our studies, you will contribute to the science underpinning cognitive behavior therapy and to the training of cognitive behavior therapists around the world. We do not enroll any patients or trainees in research without informed written consent.