APA Advanced Training Institute: Research methods with diverse racial and ethnic groups

Mon, June 1, 2020 at Michigan State University

Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan June 1-5, 2020

Although the topic receives little coverage in most textbooks on research methods, important advances have been made in recent decades in methods for psychological research involving racial and ethnic minority groups. The purpose of this ATI is to introduce participants to a variety of research approaches that have been used with diverse racial and ethnic groups to produce significant and useful knowledge about these populations. Participation in this ATI will help investigators to conduct psychological research that is culturally appropriate and relevant for the groups being studied.

The ATI will be led by Dr. Frederick Leong, who is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research at Michigan State University. Dr. Leong recently co-edited a special issue of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology (the journal of APA Division 45) on methodologies for research with racial and ethnic minority populations. Other instructors for the ATI will come from Michigan State and other leading institutions.

Among the topics to be covered in this ATI are: (a) Methodologies for Investigating Treatment Outcomes with Culturally Diverse Populations; (b) Archival Research and Secondary Data Analysis with Culturally Diverse Populations; (c) Culturally Sensitive Qualitative Research Methods with Diverse Populations (d) Social Network Research with Culturally Diverse Populations; (e) Evaluating Measurement Equivalence of Research Measures; (f) Integrating Social Class Measurement into Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology Research; (g) Grant Funding for Non-Medical Research Projects; (h) Culture and Neuroscience: Methodological Strategies; and (i) Genomic Research in Ethnic Minority Communities.

The course will be tailored to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students who aim to conduct research with racial and ethnic groups and are interested in learning about the latest methodological approaches and challenges. There are no prerequisites, but participants should come to the course with an idea for a specific research project. Participants can choose between two options and they will be divided into various teams based on the option that they have chosen:

Option A Participants can bring their own project that they would like to discuss and receive feedback on from instructors and teammates. 

Option B Participants can develop a project that they would like to carry out based on secondary analysis of datasets. Information regarding these archival datasets will be provided prior to the workshop.

It is expected but not required that the teams will complete the research projects following the ATI and submit the work for publication. Up to 35 participants will be chosen to attend this ATI.

For application instructions and additional information, go to the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research website.