Spotlight On Teaching
Dr. Craig Marker, Professor of Clinical Psychology, utilizes clinical data in his statistical methods class to make learning activities applicable. For example, using deidentified clinical data, students discuss the factor structure of a commonly used measure of depression. This discussion allows the students to learn about exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis in the guise of discussing the construct of depression. While teaching longitudinal methods, Dr. Marker utilizes weekly measures of many anxiety constructs. The students discuss what constructs are most relevant to change during therapy, while learning about advanced longitudinal techniques. Students use this applied clinical data in their research which result in clinical dissertations, presentations at regional and national conferences, and manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.