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Residency Session Abstracts—PhD


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PhD Residency Session Abstracts

Advanced Library Skills for Doctoral Research
The purpose of this seminar is to develop skills in searching, reviewing, and selecting literature for doctoral research assignments. Topics include conducting comprehensive literature searches, using advanced search techniques, and recognizing indicators of the successful literature review. Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a successful literature search for a Knowledge Area Module, course paper, or dissertation.

Best Practices in Presenting Research 1
The purpose of this seminar is to build your capacity in the area of presenting research. Topics include key elements of an academic presentation, review of presentation examples, and taking the first steps in preparing a presentation. Upon completion, you will possess the skills required to develop a presentation of scholarly work.

Best Practices in Presenting Research 2
The purpose of this seminar is to apply best practices in an oral presentation. Topics include presentation delivery and best practices for providing and receiving critique. Upon completion, you will have practiced delivering a presentation as well as providing and receiving critique on a presentation

Best Practices in Presenting Research 3
The purpose of this seminar is to prepare you for research dissemination. Topics include presenting research to various audiences and developing awareness of aligned research dissemination venues. Upon completion, you will have examined guidelines and requirements of multiple venues for research dissemination.

Building the Prospectus
The purpose of this seminar is to develop a prospectus. Topics include specifying the research questions and/or hypotheses, problem statement, and purpose of the study; identifying the best methods and methodology given pragmatic research concerns; and identifying implications for social change. Upon completion, you will have developed a draft prospectus that reflects the topic of your independent research (the dissertation). Those of you who have written a satisfactory prospectus will develop an annotated outline of the proposal.

Career Management
The purpose of this seminar is to assist you in managing your career goals. Topics include using the doctoral student experience for career development, becoming aware of professional development opportunities, managing expectations of and preparing for common career interest areas, and developing curricula vitae. Upon completion, you will have developed strategies for effective career management.

Completing the Dissertation: American Psychological Association (APA) Style
The purpose of this seminar is to familiarize you with APA style and related skills for the dissertation. Topics include analysis of common APA style challenges when writing the dissertation. Upon completion, you will have practiced revising and writing key components of the dissertation.

Data Analysis Using SPSS/PSAW
The purpose of this seminar is to provide you with practical training in the use of SPSS data analysis software for quantitative data analysis. Topics include navigating SPSS, data screening and cleaning, descriptive statistics, and basic inferential tests. Practice activities will be incorporated. Upon completion, you will be able to use SPSS to run basic statistical tests to support your doctoral research.

Dissertation Writing Guidance: The Dissertation Rubric and the Dissertation Writing Template
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce you to Walden’s dissertation template and the dissertation rubric. Topics include understanding the key information required in the dissertation, formatting the dissertation, and using the template and rubric. Upon completion, you will be able to articulate the required sections of the dissertation and evaluate the attributes of a high-quality dissertation.

Final Assignment Review and Discussion
The purpose of this session is to review, discuss, and approve the final assignments created as a result of the residency experience. Upon completion, you will receive your final grade, feedback on your assignments, and information that prepares you for your next academic residency.

Group Advising
Group advising gives you, as students, an additional opportunity to connect with faculty members to explore your experience and knowledge to help you be as successful as possible at Walden University and beyond.

Individual Advising
Faculty/Staff Advising
You may sign up online for an individual appointment with faculty members or academic advisors. There is no sign-up required for advising with the Writing Center, Walden Library, Career Services, and the Student Support Team. Individual advising is required at least once during the residency. When staff members are leading sessions, they will not be available for advising.

Interviewing
The purpose of this seminar is to provide you with training in interviewing skills necessary for qualitative data collection for doctoral research. Topics include designing good interview questions, using probes, establishing rapport, and managing interviewer response and behavior so as not to influence the data collected. Upon completion, you will be able to distinguish best practices in conducting interviews for research.

Introduction to American Psychological Association (APA) Style References and Citations
The purpose of this seminar is to practice APA style and skills with the goal of improving academic writing. Topics include proper formatting for all types of in-text citations, proper citation to avoid plagiarism, and common reference formats. Upon completion, you will be able to use APA style effectively in written work and will gain the confidence needed to engage in the continued development of your own academic writing.

Introduction to Scholarly Research
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce you to the scholarly research process. Topics include generating subjects for research and identifying gaps in the research literature. Upon completion, you will be able to generate effective research topics that can guide the development of course papers and Knowledge Area Modules.

Keys to Successful Library Research
The purpose of this seminar is to build competencies in finding and evaluating information at the doctoral level. Topics include navigating the library’s databases, online search strategies, and identification and evaluation of scholarly information sources online. Upon completion, you will be able to navigate library resources effectively for research purposes.

Logistic Regression
The purpose of this seminar is to provide you with a basic introduction to practical aspects of logistic regression. Topics include underlying assumptions; practical aspects of regression, including nature of variables (categorical or continuous), number of variables, and statistical control; the concepts of mediation and moderation; and interpretation of a logistic regression output. Upon completion, you will be able to run and interpret a logistic regression using SPSS independently.

Making Connections to the Next Residency Experience
The purpose of this seminar is to provide you with the tools to prepare for successful participation in the next residency. Those of you in Residency 4 will evaluate your residency experience and gain tools for continued success as independent scholar-practitioners.

Mixed Methods
The purpose of this seminar is to provide you with a basic introduction to mixed methods. Topics include approaches to mixed-methods analysis, components of a mixed-methods study, and integration of quantitative and qualitative approaches to address research questions. Upon completion, you will be able to determine whether a mixed-methods study is suitable based on the research question(s).

Multiple Regression
The purpose of this seminar is to provide you with a basic introduction to practical aspects of linear regression. Topics include underlying assumptions; practical aspects of regression, including nature of variables (categorical or continuous), number of variables, and statistical control; the concepts of mediation and moderation; and interpretation of a linear regression output. Upon completion, you will be able to run and interpret a multiple regression using SPSS independently.

Observation
The purpose of this seminar is to provide training in observation skills necessary for qualitative data collection for doctoral research. Topics include designing and using observation protocols and objective observation. Upon completion, you will be able to distinguish best practices in conducting observations for research.

Open Q&A: Literature Review from the Perspectives of the Library and Writing Center Staff
The purpose of this session is to provide a forum for you, as students, to ask questions to library and writing center staff about aspects of the literature review. Discussion topics are based on student interest and questions. At the end of this session, you will have information on library and writing strategies that can help you write successful literature reviews.

Orientation and College Colloquium
The purpose of this orientation and colloquium is to provide you with an overview of outcomes associated with each of the four residencies as well as the overall philoso¬phy of the residency experience. You will meet with other students and faculty members to discuss profession-related topics. Upon completion, you will be aware of expectations surrounding residencies, practice behavior expected of doctoral-level scholar-practitioners, and engage in discussions in and act on important issues relevant to the professions.

Practicing Doctoral Scholarship
The purpose of this seminar is to analyze the competencies associated with professionals at the doctoral level. Topics include doctoral-level critical thinking, professional comportment and demeanor, professional competence, effective communication, and contributing to a scholarly community. Upon completion, you will have increased self-efficacy in demonstrating doctoral-level standards (scholarship and communication).

Pragmatic Aspects of Research
The purpose of this seminar is to explore the pragmatic issues of research that you, as students, may encounter in the process of conducting your independent research. Topics include advantages and disadvantages of using primary or secondary data, using data from your own workplace, intervention research, Institutional Review Board (IRB) functions and application, and negotiating IRBs from multiple sites. Upon completion, you will be able to consider various aspects of the research enterprise and make decisions relevant to your research capstones.

Principles of Instrument Development
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce you to principles of instrument selection, design, and development. Topics include instrument reliability and validity, basic steps of instrument design, guidelines for using existing instruments, and selecting appropriate instruments for the research capstone. Upon completion, you will be able to apply principles learned to select an appropriate existing instrument or develop a new instrument.

Professional Development I
The purpose of the professional development seminar is to engage you in discussion of issues relevant to your academic and professional disciplines and to work toward building professional competence in your respective field. Upon completion, you will be able to think critically about past, current, and emerging issues in your field; articulate concepts relevant to your discipline; and engage in self-reflection as a scholar-practitioner in your discipline.

Professional Psychology Session
This session will be led by faculty and staff members and is designed to help you as a professional psychology (Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology) student navigate your program. It will cover the Academic Year in Residence (AYR), field training, and many other related issues to give you a general view of the unique requirements for these specializations.

Prospectus Panel
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce you to the critiquing process and to offer constructive feedback on early drafts of the dissertation prospectus or proposal. Topics include critique and discussion of the problem statement, method, and research questions or hypotheses. Upon completion, you will be able to use the results of the critique to write a clear and concise prospectus.

Qualitative Methods
The purpose of this seminar is to familiarize you with the various methods in a qualitative research design. Topics include case study, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnographic studies, narrative inquiry, and design validity. Upon completion, you will be able to distinguish between qualitative method options and explain how to establish trustworthiness in qualitative research.

Research Design Methods and Methodologies
The purpose of this seminar is to explore common quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method designs. Topics include key strengths and limitations to designs in each methodology and criteria for selecting the best research method and methodology for a given research question. Upon completion, you will be able to determine the optimum research design method and methodology for a given research question.

Skills for Doctoral Research 1: Translating Research Ideas Into Research Questions
The purpose of this seminar is to facilitate learning at the beginning stages of doctoral research. Topics include translating a research idea into a research question, connecting theory to research, and moving from social problem to research problem. Upon completion, you will be able to develop a research question based on a research problem.

Skills for Doctoral Research 2: Connecting Research Questions to Research Methodology
This seminar is an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research methodologies. Topics include research design principles, scientific objectivity, and linking research questions to the appropriate design. Upon completion, you will be able to choose the best methods to answer a given research question.

Skills for Doctoral Research 3: Literature Critique
The purpose of this seminar is to apply understanding of the components of the research process to actual peer-reviewed articles. Topics include identifying research questions and/or hypotheses and research methodologies and critiquing strengths and limitations of scientific literature on key quality indicators. Upon completion, you will be able to critique scientific research literature.

Strategies for Writing Your First Knowledge Area Module (KAM) Learning Agreement (LA)
The purpose of this seminar is to gain information necessary to craft and draft an LA. Topics include creating effective objectives and connecting theory, research, and application, both necessary components of the LA. Upon completion, you will have a basic draft of required sections of the LA.

Student Services Overview
The purpose of this seminar is to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the student services offered through the Writing Center, Walden Library, the Center for Research Quality, and Career Services, as well as the Student Support Team and Academic Advising Team at Walden University. Each center or group will provide key information to support your specific needs as a doctoral student. Upon completion, you will be able to identify and use services according to your individual academic needs throughout your doctoral experience.

Social Change
The purpose of this seminar is to prepare you to make connections between your research and social change. Topics include definition of social change and situation of social change within a body of scholarly research literature. Upon completion, you will be able to communicate how your doctoral research contributes to social change.

Synthesizing the Literature
The purpose of this seminar is to build student competency in synthesizing information for effective academic writing. Topics include synthesizing information for a literature review; distilling information for the research paper; and applying critical-thinking skills for persuasive, informative writing. Upon completion, you will understand the important aspects of writing for an academic audience and will be able to distinguish between summary and synthesis.

Tools for Qualitative Research
The purpose of this seminar is to provide an overview of qualitative data analysis and considerations in how to analyze qualitative data. Topics include aligning data analysis strategies with the appropriate research design, a brief discussion of the pros and cons of using data management software, and generic tools and strategies for data analysis such as coding, matrices, concept maps, and memos. Upon completion, students will understand issues in making choices about data analysis and apply these considerations to their own research project.

Using Secondary Data in Research
The purpose of this seminar is to provide an introduction to you, as researchers, seeking to draw upon secondary data sources in your research. Topics include working with groups and institutions that make (or will make) data sets publicly available, designing research to make appropriate use of secondary data sources, and addressing common methodological concerns with using secondary data sources. Upon completion, you will be able to describe the strengths and limitations of using secondary data and to identify potential sources of secondary data.

Writing at the Doctoral Level
The purpose of this seminar is to build skills in analyzing and synthesizing social and behavioral science writing. Topics include constructing effective arguments based on evidence from scientific literature and recognizing and addressing common challenges to writing in academic settings. Upon completion, you will list personal goals and strategies to improve your writing and apply these skills to write effective arguments.