Clinical Psychology Research Project

Clinical psychology is one of the most popular subfields in psychology. To cover such a large topic, identifying specific topics for research papers, presentations, or experiments can be tricky.

Ideas for research topics

Here are some ideas you might want to explore:

  • Are people addicted to Facebook and social media? How do these social networking sites affect how people interact and behave?
  • Compare and contrast two different types of treatments. When is it best to use each type? Are there any diseases that are best treated with one of these specific forms of treatment? What are the possible limitations of each treatment method?
  • Compare two different psychological disorders. What are the symptoms of each disease? How to diagnose and treat these diseases?
  • Do “pro-ana” and “pro-mia” sites cause eating disorders? What can people do to help overcome the impact of these sites?
  • Explore how the aging process affects mental illness. What are the special concerns of elderly people diagnosed with mental illness?
  • Explore the factors that affect the mental health of adolescents. Self-esteem and peer pressure are just a few topics you can study in more depth.
  • Explore the use and effectiveness of online treatments. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this therapy? Do clients and therapists have to pay attention to any special issues?
  • Investigate current research on the impact of media violence on children’s behavior. What do researchers think about the impact of violence depicted in television, movies, and video games?
  • See how people’s lives are affected by anxiety. What are the effects of these diseases on daily functions? How do symptoms affect a person’s family, social life, school, and work?
  • What are the risk factors for depression? Explore potential risks and any prevention strategies that can be used.
  • What are the long-term effects of childhood trauma? Will children who have experienced emotional or physical trauma continue to experience such effects as adults?
  • How does drug use affect family members who do not use drugs? What role can family members play in treating alcohol and drug abuse?
  • What types of therapies are most effective in treating behavioral disorders in children?

Things to consider

Choosing a good topic is one of the most important steps in the research process. You don’t want to choose a topic that is too general and you feel overwhelmed, but you also don’t want to choose a topic that is so specific that you feel limited or cannot find information about it. Take a moment to read online or browse the school library to ensure that there are enough resources available to support your essay, presentation, or experiment.

Once you choose a topic that interests you, tell your course teacher about the idea. In some cases, this may be a requirement before you continue. Even if you don’t need permission from the lecturer, it’s always a good idea to get feedback before delving into the process. Your lecturer can provide some good suggestions that you might not have thought of before.

If you are doing an experiment, be sure to check with your instructor. In many cases, you may need to put together a proposal to submit to the school’s human subjects committee for approval.

Next step

Once the subject of the clinical psychology project is determined, the next step is to start research. This usually involves libraries and online research, so it’s a good idea to become familiar with the resources available at your school.

If you are not sure where to start, ask your school’s librarian and they will be able to provide you with available books, databases, and online journals.