It’s Time to Broaden the Replicability Conversation: Thoughts for and From Clinical Psychological Science

Jennifer L. Tackett, Scott O. Lilienfeld, Christopher J. Patrick, Sheri L. Johnson, Robert F. Krueger, Joshua D. Miller, Thomas F. Oltmanns, Patrick E. Shrout

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Abstract

Psychology is in the early stages of examining a crisis of replicability stemming from several high-profile failures to replicate studies in experimental psychology. This important conversation has largely been focused on social psychology, with some active participation from cognitive psychology. Nevertheless, several other major domains of psychological science—including clinical science—have remained insulated from this discussion. The goals of this article are to (a) examine why clinical psychology and allied fields, such as counseling and school psychology, have not been central participants in the replicability conversation; (b) review concerns and recommendations that are less (or more) applicable to or appropriate for research in clinical psychology and allied fields; and (c) generate take-home messages for scholars and consumers of the literature in clinical psychology and allied fields, as well as reviewers, editors, and colleagues from other areas of psychological science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-756
Number of pages15
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

Keywords

  • assessment
  • diagnosis
  • disorders
  • scientific methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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    Tackett, J. L., Lilienfeld, S. O., Patrick, C. J., Johnson, S. L., Krueger, R. F., Miller, J. D., Oltmanns, T. F., & Shrout, P. E. (2017). It’s Time to Broaden the Replicability Conversation: Thoughts for and From Clinical Psychological Science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(5), 742-756. https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691617690042