Research Opportunities

As Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies, we conduct research on each of our training programs. This includes an evaluation of short-term and long-term training objectives as well as an evaluation of instructional design and online pedagogical elements. For some programs, we also partner with colleagues who have students interested in evaluating psychometric qualities of assessment instruments or other training program content-relevant research questions.

When we engage in this type of research, we offer the opportunity to participate and receive professional training free of charge.

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If you are interested in hearing about research opportunities, please fill out the form with your contact information and we will send you notices of research opportunities as they become available.

Thanks for training (and participating in research) with CONCEPT!

Current Research Opportunities

Impact of Training on Violence Risk Formulation

We are recruiting psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists who have conducted at least one violence risk assessment in the past year. The study will require about two hours of your time. If you meet the inclusion criteria you will be enrolled for free in a one-hour CONCEPT webinar on violence risk formulation. After completing the webinar, you will be provided with a vignette about a person who has engaged in violent behavior. You will then be asked to write a violence risk formulation about the person in the vignette. You will also be asked questions about you and your routine practices as an evaluator. CEs = 2

Dr. Amanda Fanniff

This research is being conducted by doctoral student Taylor York and supervised by Dr. Amanda Fanniff at Palo Alto University

Decision Making in Forensic Psychology

This project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is being performed to better understand how psychologists come to conclusions and make decisions in forensic examinations. It also includes personalized feedback to help you understand your own behaviors with a didactic portion with video instruction. We believe this project has the potential to assist in solving problems faced by many forensic mental health experts. You are invited to participate if you are a psychologist with forensically-related interests. CEs = 2.5

Dr. Tess Neal

This research is being conducted by Dr. Tess Neal at Arizona State University & Dr. Emily Pronin at Princeton University

Decision Making in Social Work

This project is being performed to better understand how social workers come to conclusions and make decisions. It also includes personalized feedback to help you understand your own behaviors and a didactic portion with video instruction. We believe this project has the potential to assist in solving problems faced by many social work experts. You are invited to participate if you are a social worker at any stage of your career. CEs = 1.5

Dr. Tess Neal

This research is being conducted by Dr. Tess Neal and her doctoral student, Emily Denne, at Arizona State University