Making Research Relevant is the ideal core textbook for master’s-level introduction to research methods courses in mental health. Accessible and user friendly, it is designed to help trainees and practitioners understand, connect, and apply research to clinical practice and day-to-day work with students and clients. The text covers foundational concepts like research ethics and how to best consume research, as well as 11 applied, evaluative, and outcome-based research methods. Easy-to-read chapters are infused with case examples from diverse settings and paired with brief video lectures, which provide vignettes to guide application and visual components that demonstrate how research methods can benefit mental health practitioners in real-world scenarios.

chapter 5|17 pages

Case Study

chapter 7|14 pages

Using Correlational and Causal-Comparative Research Designs in Practice

Exploring Relations Among Client Variables

chapter 9|16 pages

Randomized Controlled Trials

chapter 10|15 pages

Phenomenological Methodology

Merging Research and Practice

chapter 11|19 pages


chapter 12|15 pages

Mixed-Methods Research

chapter 13|24 pages

Bringing It All Together

Effective Program Evaluation