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Translating Science into Clinical Practice


In this chapter, we propose a developmental framework of competencies for the integration of science and practice. We believe a shortcoming of traditional competency models stems from the tendency to view science and practice as distinct entities that need to be linked rather than addressing their dialectical relationship. We argue that competencies for translating science into practice must acknowledge the inexorable link between the two. To accomplish this conceptual shift, we articulate the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to define competencies pertinent to the realization of the scientist-practitioner. Four primary attitudes outlined include scientific mindedness, curiosity about how things work/what works, acceptance of ambiguity, and embracing the dialectical nature of science and practice. Core domains of knowledge identified include an understanding of scientific methods, familiarity with clinical intervention research,