Where's the Data?: A proposal for Clinician Based Research in the CPA

  • 30 Apr 2022
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Where's the Data?: A proposal for Clinician Based Research in the CPA

Presented by Daniel Roberson MA, MBA, Anthony Isacco PhD, Peter Martin PsyD, & Jeff Vance PhD

Saturday, April 30th 1:30 - 3:00pm: Lecture and Q&A 

1.5 CEUs 



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Psychology research has tended to avoid full integration of faith, and present research in spiritual and moral topics of the field presumes a false dichotomy between faith-based and evidence-based practice. This presentation summarizes the current finding and agenda in research fields of sexuality, pornography and spirituality. Though research on priests and religious abound, Catholic work struggles to reach general clinical practice. As grace builds on nature, faith-based must build on evidence-based so that by faith and reason our field may ascend to the better service of our clients. We summarize current research that properly applies Catholic anthropology and a model of the integrated person. The challenges of faith-based clinicians are reviewed. Finally, a proposal for the CPA and individual clinicians is advanced which aspires to create a functional model whereby clinicians may contribute to the meaningful production of evidence based research without diminishing their time for direct client care.

Target Audience: Catholic clinicians and researchers 

Course Content Level: Beginner

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe various research models that practitioners can use to facilitate the conceptualization, development, and implementation of a research study.
  • Identify several strategies on how a professional organization can promote research skills, incentivize research productivity among members, and encourage bridging the gap between practice and research.
  • Describe a real-world example of a faith-integrated research project
  • Define key areas within the extant literature that are underrepresented (e.g., treatment process and outcomes; operationalized integration of faith and practice) and in need of future research.

Daniel Roberson is a senior data scientist, and a substance abuse counselor trainee pursuing licensure as a clinical mental health counselor. Daniel holds an undergraduate in Physics from the University of Portland, Masters in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his 13 years at Boeing, Daniel worked in analytics, data science, engineering and factory operations management. Pursuing God’s call to a new career, Daniel graduates with his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bellevue University in June 2022.

Peter Martin PsyD, a licensed psychologist, holds graduate degrees from The Institute for Psychological Sciences (now DMU; PsyD & MS Clinical Psychology) Providence College (MA Religious Studies), and the University of Kansas (MS Counseling Psychology). He is the Internship Director of Integrated Training and Formation at Catholic Social Services’ (CSS) APA-accredited internship site. He served on the Executive Board of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association from 2013 to 2016. He has also served on the Board of Witness to Love: Marriage Preparation Renewal Ministry as program/curriculum advisor since 2015.Peter and his wife, Larissa, have 3 rambunctious children.

Dr. Vance completed his pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship with Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska, the only APA accredited internship integrating Catholic spirituality into therapy. Along with his traditional clinical work, he provided growth counseling to seminarians and conducted assessments for seminarians and candidates for religious life. Dr. Vance is now in private practice in the Dallas area. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Catholic Psychotherapy Association, Society for Personality Assessment, and Therapeutic Assessment Institute. Dr. Vance has presented to all of these organizations on a wide variety of psychological testing topics.

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