In the Research Matters Podcast, I interview leading researchers in psychology and other social sciences in an effort to understand what they do that makes them productive. This podcast is intended to help graduate students, professors, and scientists learn actionable strategies that can help them in their own research endeavors. I strive to help draw out the tips, tricks, habits, and routines of extraordinarily productive researchers.

In these interviews, we cover topics like:

  • How to develop a programmatic line of research
  • How to build a team of amazing collaborators
  • Getting things done
  • Writing productively
  • Grant writing strategies
  • Creating an effective research lab
  • Applying design thinking to research
  • How to develop great research ideas
  • When to turn your research into a book
  • Managing grad students
  • Maintain a balance with other aspects of life, such as health, fun, and family
  • How to choose which projects to invest in
  • How to be efficient
  • And much more…

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Show notes, links, and resources for all episodes

James Kirby, PhD, and Jeffrey Kim, on incorporating physiological data in psychological research

James Kirby, Ph.D., is a researcher and senior lecturer at the University of Queensland in Australia, who studies the effects of kindness and compassion. Jeff Kim, a graduate student under Dr. Kirby, joins my discussion with Dr. Kirby on measuring and incorporating physiological data into their research. Today’s conversation is focused on measuring heart rate variability. Like many of us, … Read More

Bethany Teachman, PhD, and Jeremy Eberle, on embracing an open-science mindset

Does the thought of practicing open science give you sweaty palms? That’s a normal reaction for those of us who weren’t formally trained in the open-science methodology. The sweaty-palm reaction is really not that surprising since most of us have gotten where we are today because we’ve been meticulous in our work and tried to put out the best work … Read More

Jessica Schleider, PhD, on Open Science and Replicability Practices and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Academia

Jessica Schleider, PhD, is an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Stony Book University and a graduate of the Clinical Psychology Program at Harvard University. When in graduate school, she learned about open science – not from her courses but from the Twitter-spere and later from The Black Goat Podcast. What she learned was compelling and unsettling and kept her … Read More

Maria Karekla, PhD, on using wearables in research and getting a psychophysiology lab up and running

Dr. Maria Karekla is an assistant professor at the University of Cyprus where she studies anxiety and cravings and specializes in utilizing psychophysiological measurements in her research. I decided to interview her because she has one of the few labs in the world that has done research comparing consumer grade wearable physiological measurement devices to research grade stationary devices. I … Read More

Todd Kashdan, on going against the grain, idea capture, and autonomy

Todd Kashdan, PhD, is a professor of psychology at George Mason University, where he’s senior scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing. He’s been a leading researcher in  positive psychology from when that area first started to blow up and often plays the role of someone who challenges established wisdom. He’s not one to shy away from controversy. … Read More

Ken Weingardt, on personal mission statements and tech startups in the mental health space

How many people do you know who have a personal mission statement…and have it memorized…and actually live by it? Well, now you know of one more. Dr. Ken Weingardt’s personal mission statement is to “use technology to improve access to behavioral health services.” An addictionologist by training, Dr. Weingardt held various positions in academia and research — from faculty appointments … Read More

Kelly Wilson, PhD, on the importance of theory, chasing your interests, and giving away ideas

Dr. Kelly Wilson is a recently retired, emeritus faculty at the University of Mississippi. He is a leading researcher, theorist, and trainer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and an important contributor to clinical behavior analysis. He has published nine very well selling books. Dr. Wilson’s path into research is certainly atypical. If you had seen him as a young adult, … Read More

Lynette Averill, PhD, on moving from counseling psychology to neuroscience, getting a Fulbright, and ketamine research

Dr. Averill is an assistant professor in the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and research fellow in the clinical neurosciences division of the National Center for PTSD VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Her research focuses primarily on studying the neurobiological mechanisms involved in ketamine as a treatment for PTSD and suicidality. Although Dr. Averill originally got her degree in … Read More

Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, on embracing the messy and dissemination and implementation science

Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical School and is Acting Deputy Director, Dissemination and Training Division, National Center for PTSD. She’s a leading researcher in the area of the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based therapies. As part of this, she juggles two RO1 research grants from NIMH, working with multiple … Read More

Alan Kooi Davis on Getting Started in Psychedelic Science, Collaboration, and the Source Research Foundation

Dr. Alan Kooi Davis is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at The Ohio State University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Psychedelic Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University. He’s a researcher in the area of psychedelics, especially psilocybin, and how psychedelics can be used in treatment. He has also done research on harm reduction and drug use more generally, … Read More