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The Psychology Research Handbook

The Psychology Research Handbook
A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants

Third Edition
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January 2024 | 760 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In the Third Edition of The Psychology Research Handbook editors Frederick T. L. Leong and James T. Austin have assembled experienced expert researchers to provide graduate students and research assistants with a comprehensive framework for conducting many types of psychology research. The book is organized around the idea of a "research script," following the step-by-step process of research planning, design, data collection, analysis, and disseminating research. Many chapters are coauthored by advanced graduate students to give their fellow students a sense of real-world research, adding to the clarity and practicality of many chapters. Students and instructors alike will appreciate chapters on topics typically missing from introductory methods texts, including applying for research grants, dealing with journal editors and reviewers, working within research teams, and conducting cross-cultural research. Structures such as recommended readings and exercises guide students to develop and expand their research skills. New chapters include Power and Evidence, IRB as Critical Collaborators in Research, Alternative Data Collection Strategies, Structural Equation Modeling and Replicability and Reproducibility. A comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to the entire research process, this book quickly and efficiently equips advanced students and research assistants to conduct a full research project.

Frederick T. L. Leong, James T. Austin
Chapter 1: Introduction
Douglas A. Hershey, Joy M. Jacobs-Lawson, Thomas L. Wilson
Chapter 2: The Research Process as a Script
Frederick T. L. Leong, Ross I. Walker
Chapter 3: Finding a Research Topic
Jeffrey G. Reed, Pam M. Baxter, Ciara K. Kidder
Chapter 4: Bibliographic Research
Kathryn C. Oleson, Sonia A. Swanson
Chapter 5: Reviewing and Evaluating a Research Article
James W. Altschuld, Traci L. Lepicki
Chapter 6: Program Evaluation: Concepts and Perspectives
Siddharth Chandra, Madhur Chandra
Chapter 7: Designing a Research Study
P. Priscilla Lui
Chapter 8: Evaluating and Selecting Psychological Measures for Research Purposes
Daniel Villanova, Peter Villanova
Chapter 9: Designing Surveys and Questionnaires for Research
Howard E. A. Tinsley, John W. Lounsbury
Chapter 10: Scale Development
Allyson Holbrook, William C. McCready
Chapter 11: Applying Sampling Procedures
Meng-Ting Lo, Nivedita Bhaktha, Susie Mauck, Ann A. O'Connell
Chapter 12: Power and Evidence
Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, Alejandro L. Vázquez, Nicole Vouvalis
Chapter 13: IRB as Critical Collaborators in Research
Sofia Pinero Kluch, Chad S. Briggs, Alan Vaux
Chapter 14: Conducting Mail and Digital Surveys
Yueng-hsiang Huang, Jin Lee
Chapter 15: Conducting Telephone Surveys
Stephen J. Zaccaro, Lauren N. P. Campbell
Chapter 16: Collecting Data in Groups
Erin Stupica, Brandi Stupica, Neil Christiansen
Chapter 17: Alternative Data Collection Strategies
Karla K. Fehr, Stephen J. Dollinger, David L. DiLalla
Chapter 18: Cleaning up Data and Running Preliminary Analyses
Linda M. McMullen, Frederick J. Wertz
Chapter 19: Qualitative Research in Psychology
Charles A. Scherbaum, Kristen M. Shockley
Chapter 20: Statistical Research and Discovery: Planning and Selecting Statistical Analysis
David N. Dickter
Chapter 21: Basic Statistical Analyses
Lisa A. Steelman, Zhiqing E. Zhou
Chapter 22: Using Advanced Statistics
Barbara M. Byrne
Chapter 23: The Essence and Application of Structural Equation Modeling
Frederick L. Oswald, Felix Y. Wu, Yaojia R. Chen
Chapter 24: Conducting a Meta-Analysis
Barbara H. Zaitzow, Matthew B. Robinson
Chapter 25: Archival Data Sets: Revisiting Issues and Considerations
Robert F. Calderón, William N. Haller
Chapter 26: Writing in APA Style: Why and How
Edward C. Chang, Claire J. Shimshock, Christopher Peterson
Chapter 27: Writing Rough Drafts
Donna K. Nagata, Steven J. Trierweiler, Jacqueline H. J. Kim
Chapter 28: Revising a Research Manuscript
Samuel H. Osipow, Mark M. Leach
Chapter 29: Dealing with Journal Editors and Reviewers
Patrick S. Ledwidge, Caitlin J. Masterson, Andrea M. Meinders, Dennis L. Molfese
Chapter 30: Becoming Part of a Large and Successful Research Team
David Chan
Chapter 31: Multilevel Research
Michael J. Zickar, Feng Guo
Chapter 32: Computational Modeling
Jen Burke Lefever, John G. Borkowski, Kimberly H. Robinson
Chapter 33: Applying for Research Grants
David Matsumoto, Hyisung C. Hwang, Kwok Leung, Fons J. R. Van de Vijverh
Chapter 34: Cross-Cultural Research Methodology
Victor N. Keller, Joseph Cesario
Chapter 35: Replicability and Reproducibility in Psychology
Charles J. Gelso, Alexandra E. Savela
Chapter 36: Applying Theories to Research: The Interplay of Theory and Research in Science
Richard E. Petty
Chapter 37: The Research Script: One Researcher's View
Key features

All chapters have been fully revised to reflect the latest standards in research methods. New chapters include the following:
  • Chapter 12: Power and Evidence by Meng-Ting Lo, Nivedita Bhaktha, Susie Mauck, and Ann A. O'Connell,
  • Chapter 13: IRB as Critical Collaborators in Research by Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, Alejandro L. Vázquez, and Nicole Vouvalis, 
  • Chapter 17: Alternative Data Collection Strategies by Erin Stupica, Brandi Stupica, and Neil Christiansen,
  • Chapter 23: The Essence and Application of Structural Equation Modeling by Barbara M. Byrne, and 
  • Chapter 35: Replicability and Reproducibility in Psychology by Victor N. Keller and Joseph Cesario. 
Heavily revised chapters with new authors or co-authors include the following:
  • Chapter 8: Evaluating and Selecting Psychological Measures for Research Purposes by P. Priscilla Lui,
  • Chapter 10: Scale Development by Howard E. A. Tinsley and John W. Lounsbury,
  • Chapter 19: Qualitative Research in Psychology by Linda M. McMullen and Frederick J. Wertz,
  • Chapter 24: Conducting a Meta-Analysis by Frederick L. Oswald, Felix Y. Wu, and Yaojia R. Chen, and
  • Chapter 30: Becoming Part of a Large and Successful Research Team by Patrick S. Ledwidge, Caitlin J. Masterson, Andrea M. Meinders, and Dennis L. Molfese.

  • Chapters offer practical advice on topics of importance throughout the research process.
  • The volume assembles a fine set of expert researchers who share with student apprentices skill sets and experience accumulated as a result of years of practical exposure to the design, development, implementation, and documentation of research in psychology, increasing students' capacity for professional-level work.
  • Special topics chapters give advice on such issues as coordinating a research team, applying for grants, and revising manuscripts.
  • Exercises and recommended readings are provided at the end of every chapter.

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