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“Being involved with the research team has contributed so much to my professional growth. I am now more competent in how to fill out an IRB, how to conduct research, make surveys, interpret results, make posters, etc… Being a part of a team makes me feel accomplished in that I am able to work with my cohort, be challenged, and build myself as a professional.” – Derek Zuhlke, PsyD Program

At the Michigan School, human science research is a fundamental pathway for faculty and students to engage in the study of human experience. Students develop a lifelong appreciation and commitment to scholarship, and become critical consumers of a broad body of scientific research.

Research bridges theory and practice. Skills for practical application and lifelong learning are developed, while a focus on empirical research prepares students for evidence-based clinical interventions.  By conducting research, students build collaborative relationships, further develop their writing and presentation skills, and enhance their effectiveness as clinicians.

MSP is committed to the exploration of human development and behavior through application of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research. Faculty serve as mentors by creating faculty-student research teams that conduct and publish clinically purposeful studies, and together present their research at professional conferences alongside noted scholars and practitioners in the field.

At MSP, research is broader than a paper, a presentation or a dissertation — it is foundational to learning and to contributing to the field of psychology.