Designing a university clinical research and training environment

Our experience in the behaviour research and therapy centre

Matthew R. Sanders*, Mark R. Dadds, W. Kim Halford, Steven Schwartz

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This paper examines the organisational, interpersonal, and political processes involved in setting up specialised clinical research and training facilities within Australian universities. The Behaviour Research and Therapy Centre (BRTC) at the University of Queensland is discussed as an example to illustrate the tasks involved in setting up and maintaining a clinical research and training facility. We also discuss some of the organisational obstacles to designing clinical facilities and possible strategies for overcoming them. Designing a training environment creates opportunities to apply principles of environmental design, organisational psychology, and behaviour modification. 1990 Australian Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-39
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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