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An Introduction to CBT Research

An Introduction to CBT Research

November 2019 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This highly practical book will guide students through the different levels of research within CBT by addressing the general principles of grappling with evidence and understanding statistics. It also highlights how to critically engage with, interpret and evaluate research so that it can be used to shape practice. This important book will help readers see the relevance of research in their working lives and empower them to become active and keen researchers.

Part I: Why does research matter in CBT?
Chapter 1: What is research and why do we bother?
Chapter 2: Why evidence matters: the research-practice gap
Part II: What do I need to know to understand research?
Chapter 3: Different approaches to evidence
Chapter 4: Common forms of research in CBT
Chapter 5: The role of statistics
Part III: How can I use existing research?
Chapter 6: Finding relevant research
Chapter 7: Evaluating evidence
Part IV: How do I conduct my own research?
Chapter 8: Research question(s) and research design: Direction, route & destination
Chapter 9: Getting the recipe right before you start: Ingredients & method
Chapter 10: Ethical issues in research
Chapter 11: The data collection phase
Chapter 12: The data analysis phase
Chapter 13: Disseminating your research

This is the book for you if you want an excellent and readable guide that will support you in making sense of research in the context of Psychotherapy in general and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies in particular. It also enables the reader to understand how to undertake the process of carrying out and disseminating their own research in psychological interventions. The skillful blend of central principles with illustrative examples provides clarity without oversimplification. The author has carefully crafted the narrative and presentation of material to ensure that it is practical and relevant whilst building to an accurate and sophisticated understanding of clinically applicable research.  This is achieved through a crystal clear explanation of the fundamental principles of the entire range of research and how these can be applied to improve CBT practice and therefore to benefit those seeking help.


Paul Salkovskis
Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, and Director, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Centre for Psychological Health

a great basic introduction to research concepts, which scaffolds those without prior training in research to understand concepts and the context of research. The book does not go into much depth on methods, but serves as a very useful macro-guide to the research process.

Dr Matthew Horrocks
School of Health Sciences, Nottingham University
October 6, 2023

Excellent book, with very good examples in justifying the role of research in clinical settings and to provide supporting evidence for treatments development&implementation.
Very concise and clear way of explaining the principles of the research process.

Dr florbela Teixeira Soares
Department of Psychology and Counselling, Newman University
October 20, 2020

An ideal book to access, information is clearly relatable and understanding. Give the reader a deeper understanding.

Mrs Zena Boreman
Arts, Performance & IT, East Riding College
November 9, 2020
Key features

-        No other books that look at CBT research on the market

-        Very accessibly written, takes readers through the whole research process step-by-step as well as giving them a broader context for why research is important and how to use it in their work

-        Author is Director of PG CBT programme of the Oxford University / Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC) which is highly thought of for their CBT work. Helen Kennerley, author of the bestselling An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Third edition, is also based at OCTC. Good to reference OCTC and the Introduction!