The disconnect between research and practice has been part of an ongoing national dialogue. In his review of Weisz and Black's book Programs to Reduce Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault: Perspectives on What Works, Clifton R. Emery writes, "This gap between research and practice, in part engendered by the failure of psychology and social work professions to adequately mandate evidence-based practice, will surely result in the retention of less-than-optimal and potentially harmful practices." He further writes that "this situation can be improved … via making evidence-based practice a paradigmatic component of social work education."
Do you agree with Emery's recommendation? What role does practice-based evidence play in this dialogue?
By Clifton R. Emery
PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(48)