Single subject research is a scientific methodology that allows researchers to conduct a true experiment with one or a small number of subjects. It has played a central role in the development of evidence-based interventions in the fields of special education, clinical psychology, school psychology, counselling psychology, rehabilitation sciences, and audiology and speech sciences. The course focuses on procedures and issues related to the design, implementation and analysis of single subject research. The course covers general methodological information as well as specific details about single subject research designs and the use of single subject methods in applied settings. Issues and applications of statistical procedures to single subject, time series data will also be introduced.
As a function of participating in the course, students will be able to: (a) design and apply single subject research procedures to address research questions and issues in special education, school psychology, counselling psychology, clinical psychology, rehabilitation sciences, or audiology and speech sciences; (b) analyze and interpret data collected with single subject research procedures; (c) discuss contexts in which statistical analysis of time series data is appropriate or necessary and describe methods for conducting such an analysis; and (d) design community-based single subject research that balances the need for scientific rigor with equal need for social relevance.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of EPSE 596 or an equivalent course or permission of the instructor.