≪Organizer Abstract≫
Despite repeated calls for interdisciplinary collaboration, other fields with profound interest in child and youth outcomes remain greatly in need of solid theoretical frameworks and strong methodology/design. This symposium features the work of five researchers who built interdisciplinary research programs in pediatric medicine and social work based on methodological expertise obtained during their doctoral training. Presenters will discuss the unique skills psychologists bring to child health research, advantages of their training relative to medicine, social work, and public health, and challenges that arise in interdisciplinary work, drawing examples from our own research. We describe how scholars with expertise in psychological methods can enhance research efforts, improve funding proposals, obtain lucrative and meaningful careers, and forge strong, creative collaborations with other healthcare professionals. This symposium will showcase the scientific opportunities that exist outside the "ivory tower" of basic psychology research and illustrate how much psychology postgraduates can offer to other sciences.
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