Psychology's New Design Science: Theory and Research

Susan Imholz and Judy Sachter (eds)

Published by Design Principles & Practices, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

Format Price
Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

Psychology’s New Design Science: Theory & Research opens a conversation about how psychology, psychiatry, and the counseling professions will adopt technology as an extension of its skill and expertise. We propose that design reasoning and design thinking can play an important role in assisting the field of mental health as it embraces technology and begins to explore what it means to move expertise beyond current health care settings. We have placed our subject in historical context; a “where have we been” and “where are we going” narrative that points to the lineage of thought that has led to design thinking as a natural extension of clinical knowledge. The clinical literature is comprised of three dominant modes of discussion: a) theory which explores and defines the healing process, b) techniques of psychotherapy which are addressed to clinicians, and c) case studies by both clinicians and patients reporting on their experiences of recovery. Our book offers a fourth conversation which includes design reasoning as an established means for applying theory and research to mental health treatment.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 8.428MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by Design Principles & Practices, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Susan Imholz

Susan Imholz is a scholar, program designer, and clinician interested in technology design constructed and informed by principles of human development. She has a M.A. in expressive therapy and a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory.

Judy Sachter

Judy Sachter is an artist and media technologist with extensive teaching experience in art and computer animation, who served as a technical adviser at IBM for 17 years. She holds an M.A. in art education and a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory.