This is the first comprehensive guide to the range of research methods available to applied psychologists. Ideally suited to students and researchers alike, and covering both quantitative and qualitative techniques, the book takes readers on a journey from research design to final reporting.

The book is divided into four sections, with chapters written by leading international researchers working in a range of applied settings:

  • Getting Started
  • Data Collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Research Dissemination

With coverage of sampling and ethical issues, and chapters on everything from experimental and quasi-experimental designs to longitudinal data collection and focus groups, the book provides a concise overview not only of the options available for applied research, but also of how to make sense of the data produced. It includes chapters on organizational interventions and the use of digital technologies, and concludes with chapters on how to publish your research, whether it’s a thesis, journal article or organisational report.

This is a must-have book for anyone conducting psychological research in an applied setting.

section 1|55 pages

Getting Started

chapter 2|8 pages

Designing impactful research

chapter 3|22 pages

Research sampling

A pragmatic approach

chapter 5|14 pages


section 2|123 pages

Data collection

chapter 6|13 pages

Systematic reviews

chapter 8|10 pages

Overview of qualitative methods

chapter 10|17 pages

Experimental and quasi-experimental designs

Verities & Balderdash 1 : designating designs to discern the difference

chapter 15|14 pages

Organisational interventions

section 3|103 pages

The nitty gritty

chapter 16|14 pages

Managing missing data

Concepts, theories, and methods

chapter 17|10 pages

Data preparation

chapter 19|10 pages

‘Real’ analyses

chapter 21|13 pages

Structural equation modelling

chapter 23|17 pages

Social network analysis

section 4|19 pages

Research dissemination