Looking both ways

William B. Stiles, Clara E. Hill, Robert Elliott

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On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the journal, Psychotherapy Research, three former editors first look back at: (i) the controversial persistence of the Dodo verdict (i.e., the observation that all bona fide therapies seem equally effective); (ii) the connection between process and outcome; (iii) the move toward methodological pluralism; and (iv) the politicization of the field around evidence-based practice and treatment guidelines. We then look forward to the next 25 years, suggesting that it would be promising to focus on three areas: (i) systematic theory-building research; (ii) renewed attention to fine-grained study of therapist techniques; and (iii) politically expedient research on the outcomes of marginalized or emerging therapies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-293
Number of pages12
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Issue number3
Early online date27 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2015


  • psychotherapy
  • outcome research
  • process research
  • theory-building
  • therapist techniques
  • politically expedient research


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