March 17, 2014
Psychology Professor Alexandra L. Adame published “Qualitative Research in Psychology,” with Noga Zerubavel in Qualitative Research in Psychology (March, 2014). In the article, Adame notes the various ways in which genuine dialogue between qualitative and quantitative researchers has been hampered by dogmatic adherence to certain theoretical and epistemological stances.
“There is a corresponding phenomenon in the theoretical orientations of clinical psychologists,” Adame said. “Cognitive-behavioral therapy is often polarized with humanistic perspectives regarding the approach to psychotherapy. We can and must increase openness and genuine dialogue between qualitative and quantitative perspectives in psychology to provide the best resources for therapists. We want students take coursework in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.”
Adame, who received her PhD from Miami University, joined the Psychology Department faculty in 2012. Her research and scholarship focus primarily on the psychiatric survivor movement, psychosis and schizophrenia, the writings of Martin Buber, and qualitative inquiry.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in psychology and an M.A. in Psychology based on the existential, phenomenological, therapeutic approach.
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