One mission of the UNC Department of Psychology Community Clinic is to conduct clinical research. As a patient in the Clinic, you might be asked to participate in one or more research studies. Participation is on a voluntary basis, and might include receiving treatment, undergoing an interview, or completing other tasks. Financial compensation or no-cost treatment may be provided to research participants.
The clinic staff has been integral in the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral couple therapy, the most widely researched form of couple therapy available. Likewise, the staff has developed and evaluated premarital counseling and education programs for couples. Furthermore, they have developed and evaluated the first treatment shown to be effective for infidelity. At present, the following specialized couple-based intervention research programs are being conducted through the clinic or in affiliated ways by clinic staff:
CanThrive: A couple-based intervention program for couples in which the woman has early stage breast cancer.
BOOST: A relationship education program for premarital and recently married couples jointly sponsored by the clinic and local churches.