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 Volume 4, Issue 2, 112-128, 2015
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Experimental Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology: An Integrative Model

Authors
  Allison Waters - School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University
  Richard LeBeau - Department of Psychology, UCLA
  Michelle Craske - Department of Psychology, UCLA

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2015, Pages 112-128
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5127/pr.038015

Abstract
Experimental psychopathology has elucidated mechanisms underlying various forms of psychopathology and has contributed to the continuous updating and generation of mechanistically-focused and evidence-based psychological treatments. Clinical psychology is an applied field of psychology concerned with the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders and behavioral problems. Despite the notable commonality in their focus upon psychological dysfunction, conceptual frameworks that guide their integration are surprisingly scarce. Clinical science and practice would benefit greatly from the combined strengths of each discipline. In this review, we begin by defining experimental psychopathology and clinical psychology, we present arguments for greater integration between them, and we propose a model to guide the integration of experimental psychopathology-informed science into clinical practice, illustrating the relevance of the model by drawing upon the seminal research on fear conditioning and extinction and other experimental paradigms.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Value of integration between experimental psychopathology and clinical psychology
 Value of experimental psychopathology for clinical psychology
 Value of clinical psychology for experimental psychopathology
An experimental psychopathology-influenced model of clinical science and practice
 (1) Experimental psychopathology research
 (2) Translational experimental psychopathology research
  Expectancy learning.
  Safety learning.
 (3a) Dissemination to the clinical science community
 (4a) Theory integration and refinement
 (3b) Dissemination into the clinical practice community
 (4b) Clinical practice integration and refinement
Challenges, Important Issues and Future Considerations
 Challenges facing experimental psychopathology research and translational research
 Challenges facing dissemination to the clinical science community
 Challenges facing dissemination to the clinical practice community
 Future Directions
Conclusion
References

Correspondence to
Allison M. Waters School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt campus, QLD, Australia, 4122

Keywords
experimental psychopathology, clinical psychology

Dates
Received 19 Mar 2015; Revised 12 Jan 2016; Accepted 12 Jan 2016; In Press 21 Feb 2016







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