MASTER LECTURE SERIES
Stephen Lindsay & Morton Ann Gernsbacher
Focus of Lecture: Opening Your Science: Simple Steps Toward More Transparent and Replicable Research
Abstract: This is an exciting time for psychology, as more and more researchers are adopting practices that promote transparency and replicability without sacrificing relevance and interest. This session is a combined lecture/tutorial on such research practices. Most of these practices are pretty commonsensical things, such as (a) writing a detailed plan for conducting a research project and analyzing the data it yields before beginning the project, (b) using software tools to minimize the rate of keystroke errors in data files, and (c) making anonymized data available to other researchers for purposes of confirmation. These practices increase the transparency of the research process, and they better align how data are analyzed with how they were collected. Also, many psychologists have only recently come to understand certain statistical issues (e.g., how to determine sample size), leading to improvements in statistical rigour. We will discuss a number of simple, practical steps that most researchers can quite easily take to increase the replicability of their research. We will demonstrate use of tools such as StatCheck, the Open Science Framework, and JASP. We invite audience members to bring laptop computers so that they can try these tools out themselves as we go along (assuming wi-fi will be available). Replicability is not the only important consideration for researchers -- psychologists also want their work to be creative, interesting, relevant, and useful -- but replicability is foundational for any science.
Stephen Lindsay - Professor and Editor of Psychological Science, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Focus of Lecture: Chasing the dream: The Healthy and Productive Workplace
Abstract: Drawing on recent empirical research, in this presentation I consider the relationship between individual health and organizational productivity and ask whether these are antagonistic or complementary goals. I suggest several models of how individual health might be related to organizational productivity and review the data for, and against, each position. I conclude by articulating a research agenda for occupational health psychology based on these considerations.
Bio: E. Kevin Kelloway is the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health Psychology and Professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. A prolific researcher he is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Canadian Psychological Association, the International Association of Applied Psychology and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to I/O Psychology (CSIOP) as well as the Distinguished Psychologist in Management (SPIM) award. He is the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science and Associate Editor of both the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance.
Affiliation: Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Carole Sinclair & Alfred Allan
Focus of Lecture: TBC
Adam S. Radomsky
Focus of Lecture: A contemporary cognitive-behavioural approach to the treatment of perinatal obsessions
Abstract: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a heterogeneous disorder; common symptoms include washing and checking behaviour, as well as primary obsessions (i.e., repugnant, unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images and impulses). There has been a surge in recent research on each of these forms of OCD, with publications often based solidly in a variety of cognitively-based models. These have enabled a new, primarily cognitive conceptualization of repugnant obsessions, the assessment and treatment of which will be a main focus of this session. The session will begin with a review of the theoretical and empirical work conducted on the psychopathology and treatment of obsessions, including the results of a recent large international study of unwanted intrusive thoughts, images and impulses. There will then be practical instruction on the cognitive-behavioural assessment and treatment of perinatal obsessions, with video illustrations of session segments highlighting early, middle and late elements of treatment. Attendees will learn about cognitive case formulation, the importance of ongoing assessment, and specific therapeutic interventions (with emphasis on behavioural experiments), all following from cognitive-behavioural models of obsessions specifically, and of OCD in general. Although OCD remains a serious and often debilitating disorder, our ability to substantially improve the lives of those suffering from the problem has dramatically increased in recent years. This session will capitalize on these recent improvements through the emphasis of new cognitive and behavioural treatment strategies for this challenging disorder.
Bio: Dr. Radomsky holds the Concordia University Research Chair in Anxiety and Related Disorders, is a Professor of Psychology at Concordia University and Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. He joined Concordia in 2001 after the completion of his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia and a fellowship at Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the Director of the Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Laboratory, and a Core Member of the Centre for Clinical Research in Health (CCRH). His research investigates cognitive, behavioural and emotional aspects of OCD and a number of other anxiety disorders, as well as ways to enhance the effectiveness and acceptability of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders and related problems.
Affiliation: Concordia University Research Chair in Anxiety and Related Disorders
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
CACBT-ACTCC Certified in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
Professor, Department of Psychology, Centre for Clinical Research in Health (CCRH)