Graduate students and professors in psychology are trained the scientific process. Over the course of months and years, researchers add small bits of data to our knowledge of what helps people thrive. We discuss statistically significant results and debate findings among ourselves at conferences and in peer-reviewed academic journals.Of course, everyone can benefit from psychological science, and professional conferences and academic journals are not accessible unless you happen to have or be working toward a graduate degree in psychology. Here’s what I have learned so far about how scientists (or professionals in any field) can translate their work for a broader audience:
- Work with someone who knows what they’re doing. (AKA find a good mentor.) Many of the tidbits I’m going to share here come from my Active Minds mentor, Kaja Perina. She has been extremely generous with useful information and advice—the action items she has shared are indispensable. If you don’t have a mentor, find one.