Provide and discuss unique research interests you could have if you were to include them in a statement to enter a clinical psychology graduate program. Provide research interests for depersonalization/derealization disorder as well.

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It might be worth considering the events of the last two years as you consider research interests for a clinical psychology program. The need for mental health services has greatly increased as people have felt an increased sense of isolation and anxiety as a result of the pandemic. Many of these people will need mental health services for the foreseeable future as they struggle to reach a sense of normalcy. You might consider some of these related research topics:

  • What particular mental health struggles do children face as a result of the pandemic? What types of interventions are most successful for children? How do these differ from interventions for adults?
  • How has working on the front lines of the pandemic affected healthcare workers?
  • Which subpopulations have been most affected by the pandemic? How does culture affect mental health outcomes?
  • Many people who need mental health services can no longer find clinical psychologists with availability. What are some possible solutions to help those in need of mental health services locate qualified professionals?
  • How might society need to change in order to support a larger-than-usual number of people who are struggling with mental health?

I hope these ideas give you a starting point as you consider other research topics that might examine the way recent events have greatly impacted the mental health of our world.

Depersonalization/derealization disorder involves the detachment of thoughts and feelings from the body or feelings of being disconnected from one's environment. Since this disorder is sometimes associated with other medical conditions such as brain diseases, seizures, and dementia, it might be interesting to examine topics such as the following:

  • Do those who are diagnosed with depersonalization disorder have any overwhelmingly common backgrounds or experiences?
  • Do those who suffer from depersonalization/derealization disorder tend to develop any other mental challenges as they age?
  • How does the nervous system affect depersonalization/derealization disorder?
  • Are there any personality types which are more prone to developing this disorder?
  • Are any types of psychotherapies more effective than others for subpopulations?

Again, I hope this helps you consider other topics that might interest you in this field. Best wishes!

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