Research Methods in Developmental and Clinical Child Psychology: Research Methods of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

During this semester students get to know the main methodological questions of clinical research, such as first rank and second rank aims of a study, parameters of study groups, inclusion and exclusion criteria, measures and the different types of studies (case control, randomised, double blind...).

After getting theoretical knowledge, students examine major studies in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry carefully and critically: the methodology, the results, the discussion and the limitations and the impact of that study on the future research.

The course discusses the ethical aspects of research in child and adolescent psychiatry. The students get to know several important instruments, which are used in studies in the field of child psychiatry.

By the end of the semester all students have to plan a study on child and adolescent psychiatry: they should have a good research question and a fitting methodology.

  • Biederman J, Spencer TJ, Monuteaux MC, Faraone SV. (2010) A naturalistic 10-year prospective study of height and weight in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder grown up: sex and treatment effects. J Pediatr. 157(4):635-40
  • Franklin ME, Sapyta J, Freeman JB, Khanna M, Compton S, Almirall D, Moore P, Choate-Summers M, Garcia A, Edson AL, Foa EB, March JS. (2011) Cognitive behavior therapy augmentation of pharmacotherapy in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study II (POTS II) randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 21;306(11):1224-32.
  • Freeman C, Tyrer P. (edited) (2006) Research Methods in Psychiatry: A Beginner’s Guide. 3rd edn. Gaskell, London, ISBN:1904671330 9781904671336
  • Kasari C, Rotheram-Fuller E, Locke J, Gulsrud A. (2012) Making the connection: randomized controlled trial of social skills at school for children with autism spectrum disorders. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 53(4):431-9.
  • Keenan K, Boeldt D, Chen D, Coyne C, Donald R, Duax J, Hart K, Perrott J, Strickland J, Danis B, Hill C, Davis S, Kampani S, Humphries M. (2011) Predictive validity of DSM-IV oppositional defiant and conduct disorders in clinically referred preschoolers. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 52(1):47-55.