There is often a lag between scientific discoveries and their application in practice. This science-to-practice gap often occurs because research is conducted in the absence of collaboration with practitioners in the field. Community-engaged research reduces this gap.
Community-engaged research is a collaborative process that equitably involves community members, researchers and other stakeholders in all aspects of the research. It simultaneously advances the state of the science and addresses community needs. By considering the valuable input and expertise of community members, scientists can make their products relevant and meaningful, which substantially increases the likelihood of their use in practice.
Julie Owens, Ohio University professor of psychology and co-director of the Center for Intervention Research in Schools, has been involved in community-engaged research in the region for more than 15 years. She works collaboratively with teachers, principals, school-based mental health staff and parents to develop and evaluate school-based interventions that are relevant to schools, feasible to implement and improve outcomes for youth with emotional and behavioral problems.
In her Café Conversation, “Community-engaged Research: Why It Matters,” at 5 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 13, in the Baker Center Front Room, Owens will help audience members understand the unique aspects of community-engaged research and why this type of research is critically important. She also will facilitate a discussion to help participants consider how they can engage in this type of research inquiry in their own fields of study.
Café Conversations are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community.
The event also will be livestreamed: https://livestream.com/ohiocas/events/8554038.
For more information about the series, visit https://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe. The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division.