As you come to the end of your degree, and this big project looms, you may be having a hard time narrowing down interesting topics for your dissertation in clinical psychology. No worries. Here is a list of possibilities:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety that either takes the form of obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are some things that a person thinks recurrently about, impulses about, which could be considered intrusive or inappropriate. Compulsions are things that people do repetitively or mental acts.
This is when someone is enslaved by a habit of something that is habit-forming, such as narcotics.
This can mean two things; either it involves craving for alcohol as a way out, emotionally, or becoming addicted to it after repeatedly using it as a defense mechanism.
You can talk about the two main eating disorders, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa.
Anxiety is being afraid of a non-existent threat, or rather an imaginary threat.
There are certain types if specific phobias that are a subsection of anxiety. It can be a phobia of certain animals (e.g. snake phobia), natural events, blood, injury, certain situations, etc.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a symptom that continues for more than a month, where there is abnormal arousal (difficulty in sleep or irritability), or avoidance/ numbing, where one avoids or spaces out in a situation that reminds him/her of the trauma.
The social environment can be examined in pre-adjudicated and adjudicated adolescents in a residential program.
Here, you can talk about the causes of negative thoughts, age appropriate self-report measures, etc.
This is the element of psychology that investigates the problems and fears of flying.
This is a psychoanalytic theory, whereby one wishes for the demise of another, that is usually, an authority figure, or their own demise, often exhibited by self-deteriorating or self-threatening behavior.
Also known as compulsive gambling, refers to a gambling addiction, where one keeps on gambling whether they are up or down.
This refers to an experience that involves the perception that someone can see something that is not present.
This is when someone gets a sexual thrill from one’s own humiliation or pain.
This is the obsessive desire to set fire to things.
This refers to the prejudice or dislike towards foreign people (people from other countries).
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a psychiatric disorder where the person is inattentive or hyperactive and impulsive.
This is a psychological condition where there is an alternation between the periods of elation and depression.
This is a lack of interest, enthusiasm, feeling, emotion, or concern.
These 20 topic ideas should get you started. Once you have your dissertation topic for clinical psychology, you will be well on your way!
As part of the postgraduate community at the University of Sussex, you will take part in projects, and write dissertations. To get an idea of the projects some of our students have worked on, take a look at the examples below. This work is from the Masters in Applied Social Psychology and Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health.
Examples of dissertations on the MSc in Applied Social Psychology
- Acculturation preferences of minority and majority adolescents in Germany in the context of society and family.
(Published in International Journal of Intercultural Studies).
- Advertising's effect on male body image.
(Submitted as part of multi-study article for publication).
- Consumerism and well-being in the UK and India: a comparison of young and middle-aged adults.
(Manuscript in preparation for special issue of Indian Psychology Journal).
- Dealing with the past and facing the future: collective guilt, shame and forgiveness in post-war Bosnia Herzegovina.
(Published in Political Psychology, and European Journal of Social Psychology).
- The effect of model size on advertising effectiveness and women's body-focused anxiety.
(In press as part of multi-study article in Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology).
- Nie wieder: Group-based emotions for ingroup wrongdoing affect attitudes toward unrelated minorities.
(To be published in Political Psychology).
- Rehabilitating civilian victims of war: an evaluation of a psychosocial intervention in Sierra Leone.
(Submitted for publication).
Examples of student projects on the MSc in Foundation of Clinical Pyschology and Mental Health
- Developing cognitive interventions to enhance alcohol consumption regulation.
- Exploring the impact of physical exercise upon people diagnosed with Alzeimer's disease.
- Exploring the role of social identity in moderating the stressful effects of trauma in mass emergencies and disasters.
- Exploring the use of technologies to facilitate the care of people with learning disabilities.
- Impression management in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.
- Needs assessment and audit of local NHS recovery services.
- The development of a computerised cognitive behavioural therapy program for per-natal mental health.
- The development of mindfulness-based groupwork for people experiencing long-term depression.
- The effects of social anxiety of face recognition.
- The role of parental speech patterns in the development of childhood behaviour style.
- Talking to children about mental illness: a randomised controlled trial to promote positive mental illness literacy in primary school children
(Submitted for publication).