Clinical Research
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-BS043
Credits (ECTS)4
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Behavioural Science;
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prof. dr. E.S. Becker
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A. van Minnen
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. J. Spijker
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. B.G. Tiemens
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. M.P.J. Vervloed
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
PER3  (04/02/2019 to 14/04/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksFor Behavioural Science RM students only, non-BSRM students interested in the course, please mail to
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
In this course we address the relationship between scientific empirical research and clinical practice in (child) psychology. This concerns for example the implementation of evidence-based treatments, of scientifically proven methods of assessment, and of the use of feedback systems. Reasons why this relationship may be difficult are, among other things, a lack of knowledge about actual clinical practice with the researcher and a lack of motivation of the clinician to listen to researchers.
At the end of the course students will be aware of among other things errors in judgments and decisions in assessment and therapy; of the influence of culture and context on clinical practice; of the state of the art in clinical research; of the yet unresolved question about the added value of genetics, brain research, neuroimaging and physiological information. When they have finished the course successfully, students will be able to take part in the scientist-practitioner discussion and to indicate problems and opportunities in the relationship between research and practice.
Topics, all discussed from both a theoretical and a practical perspective, are:
Cognitive Bias Modification (prof. Eni Becker)
Anxiety and Depression (prof. Agnes van Minnen & prof. Jan Spijker)
Routine Outcome Monitoring (prof. Bea Tiemens)
Assessing developmental disabilities (dr. Mathijs Vervloed)
Genes and addiction (prof. Jacqueline Vink)
Evidence-based assessment (prof. Cilia Witteman)

Teaching format
In the lectures, the lecturers will present theoretical and practical aspects of the lecture topic, and there will be a discussion based on discussion points that the students send in the day before the lecture.
Students will design and present a poster about a related topic. In meeting 5 proposed posters will be discussed and feedback will be given; in the last meeting, the posters will be presented.
Attending all meetings is compulsory.

Exam information
For each meeting students will send in a discussion point, based on the literature for that meeting, beforehand. This will be graded as received or not. Students also complete written assignments for each lecture based on the paper(s) assigned for that lecture, which will be graded on a 1-10 scale by the lecturer. Finally, in the last meeting students will present a poster, with a pitch; both pitch and poster will be graded on a 1-10 scale. 
The final grade is based for 50 % on the reading assignments and for 50 % on the poster and pitch.
For discussion points or assignments not handed in at the required time, a grade of 0 will be assigned. For an insufficient discussion point or assignment there will be a re-take.
A poster not completed on time or failing to meet quality standards, will have to be re-designed.
Required materials
Different papers will be assigned for each lecture, as announced online

Instructional modes

Discussion points
Test weight0
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4

Reading assignments
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4

Poster and pitch
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4