Objective: To describe research-related activities in neuropsychology in a group of professionals in the U.S. and Canada. Method: A total of 452 self-identified neuropsychology professionals (419 from the U.S. and 33 from Canada) completed an online survey (92% completion rate), including questions regarding research-related activities. Among the respondents, 47% (102 males and 112 females, mean age 43.3, SD = 12.1) had conducted research in the area of neuropsychology in the past year. Of those, 71% were employed full-time and most worked in a hospital (49%), medical school (16%), private practice (10%), or college/university (8%) settings. Results: Ninety-three percent reported having received training in neuropsychology research. Regarding research productivity, 92% had one or more peer-reviewed publications (mode = 3); 74% had one or more book chapters; 60% had one or more non-peer-reviewed publications; and 38% had published one or more books. Forty-nine percent reported having received grant funding, while 59% had sufficient resources and materials to conduct research (e.g., personnel, etc.). Seventy-six percent reported conducting their own statistical analyses by using primarily Excel (95%), SPSS (93%), and SAS (50%), with varying degrees of proficiency. Eight percent indicated they do not always seek ethics committee approval prior to starting research projects, while 6% do not obtain informed consent. Conclusion: These findings indicate that the majority of respondents received training in neuropsychology research, with a considerable number receiving grant funding. Results also suggest the need for further training in statistical programs and ethics as well as resources to conduct research. Future studies should focus on determining neuropsychology research practices in these countries.
PROFESSIONAL ISSUES: ETHICS
Neuropsychology Research-Related Activities in the U.S. and Canada: Results from a Professional Survey
O Santos, C Block, D Rivera, J Arango-Lasprilla; PROFESSIONAL ISSUES: ETHICS
Neuropsychology Research-Related Activities in the U.S. and Canada: Results from a Professional Survey. Arch Clin Neuropsychol 2015; 30 (6): 594. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acv047.288
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