Our research is an effort at understanding professional psychologists in various subfields.
We would like to know how similar or different professional psychologists are from
each other based on the area of psychology they have chosen. What is different about
an individual who chooses to be a counseling psychologist versus someone who chooses
to be a clinical, developmental, or experimental psychologist? We hope to learn how
we differ as academicians or clinicians, as scientists or practitioners or scientist-practitioners.
Are the interests of a professor at a top-tier research institute different from the
interests of a professor at other universities?
Although most psychologists are researchers, very little research has focused on the
psychologists themselves. Are psychologists generally satisfied with their lives?
Are psychologists more or less satisfied with their careers over time? Are psychologists
who engage in a psychological specialty that fits their interests more satisfied with
their careers than those whose interests merely fit the broader vocation, as Meir
and Yaari (1988) suggest? We want to understand more about the experiences of psychologists
whose interests are not a close fit with others in their specialty. Are they as happy
with their careers and their lives as their colleagues? These are some of the questions
we are hoping to answer as we learn about the professions of psychology.
APA 2012 Poster
- Douglas C. Strohmer, Ph.D.
- Steven J. Leierer, Ph.D.
- Teresa Reeves, M.S.
- Ashley B. Hampton, Ed.S.