Dissertations and Theses From Start to Finish: Psychology and Related Fields

Pages: 349
Item #: 4316340
ISBN: 978-1-55798-194-3
List Price: $24.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1993
Format: Softcover
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Dissertations and Theses From Start to Finish provides the nuts and bolts needed to put together a thesis and a dissertation. This publication helps graduate students in psychology and related fields plan the thesis and dissertation process from beginning to end. It is designed for students to apply what they have already learned in graduate school to the practical conduct of research.

Dissertations and Theses explains what theses and dissertations are, how they came to be, what they look like, and some reasons for doing them; useful suggestions about finding out the local norms about the thesis/dissertation process and organizing to get them completed; how to find a topic, develop a research question, and formulate testable hypotheses; valuable tips on selecting a chairperson, committee members, and thesis/dissertation etiquette; questions of research ethics and informed consent; research design, data collection, data analysis, and results; and much more.

Table of Contents

—Gregory A. Kimble


  1. What Are Dissertations and Theses and Why Write a Book About Them?
  2. Starting Out: Assessing Your Preparation for the Task Ahead
  3. Topics: How to Find and Refine Them
  4. Time and Trouble Management
  5. Selecting a Chairperson and a Committee
  6. Formulating and Communicating Your Plans: An Overview of the Proposal
  7. Reviewing the Literature
  8. Methodology (or, How You're Gonna Do What You're Gonna Do!)
  9. Measurement
  10. Selecting the Appropriate Statistics
  11. Collecting, Managing, and Analyzing the Data
  12. Presenting the Results
  13. Discussing the Results
  14. Managing Committee Meetings: Proposal and Oral Defense
  15. Presenting Your Project to the World



  1. Selected Ethical Standards Relevant to the Conduct of Research in Psychology
  2. Bibliographic Databases
  3. Statistical Software
  4. Bibliography for Research Design, Measurement, Statistics, and Writing Style



About the Authors

Author Bios

John D. Cone, professor of clinical psychology at United States International University, earned his BA in psychology from Stanford University and his MS and PhD from the University of Washington. He has taught at the University of Puget Sound, West Virginia University, and the University of Hawaii. He is a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. His research interests include the development of idiographic assessment methodology; childhood sexual abuse; and the development, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale service delivery systems, especially those for persons with developmental disabilities. A frequent organizational consultant, he is past editor of Behavioral Assessment and currently teaches courses in behavior therapy, research design, assessment methodology, dissertation planning, and child abuse.When not being professionally active, John spends his time jogging, windsurfing, and sailing the waters of the blue Pacific.

Sharon L. Foster is a professor and director of the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a clinical internship at the University of Washington. She has served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals, including Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychological Assessment, and Behavior Therapy. Her research revolves around children's peer relations and parent–adolescent conflict.