Is Psychology on the Verge of an Employment Crisis?

This is part 1 of a 2 part series focusing on employment outcomes for PhD recipients in psychology. Click here to read part 2.

The field of psychology has been on the receiving end of a lot of negative press lately.

Earlier this year it was revealed that, during the years following 9/11, the American Psychological Association (APA) colluded with officials from the Defense Department and the CIA to facilitate the torture of detainees.

Then just last month, a new report was published suggesting most psychological research cannot be replicated.

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Can We Trust Psychological Research?

During the last few years there has been increased discussion about the reliability and trustworthiness of psychological research.

Skepticism has been fueled not only by several high profile cases of outright scientific fraud (see the cases of Diederik Stapel and Dirk Smeesters), but also by numerous failures to replicate previously “established” scientific findings.

Consider, for example, the recent findings of the “Reproducibility Project,” the largest collaborative effort to replicate published research in psychology thus far. Researchers selected a sample of papers published in prominent psychological journals and found that, out of the 100 findings selected for inclusion in the project, only 39 could be replicated according to conventional standards and pre-established criteria.

Clearly, psychological scientists should be concerned.

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