An opportunity to bridge the gap between clinical research and clinical practice: implications for clinical training

Psychotherapy (Chic). 2012 Jun;49(2):123-34. doi: 10.1037/a0027648.


Clinical researchers and clinical practitioners share a goal of increasing the integration of research and clinical practice, which is reflected in an evidence-based practice (EBP) approach to psychology. The EBP framework involves the integration of research findings with clinical expertise and client characteristics, values, and preferences, and consequently provides an important foundation for conducting clinically relevant research, as well as empirically based and clinically sensitive practice. Given the critical role that early training can play in the integration of science and practice and in promoting the future of the field, the present article addresses predoctoral training programs as a context for adopting an EBP approach to clinical work. We address training in the three components of EBP and provide suggestions for curriculum development and practicum training that we hope will contribute to bridging the gap between research and practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Psychotherapy / methods*