Experiences of Lifelong Learners in Clinical Psychology

Jason J. Washburn, Bethany A. Teachman, Gerald C. Davison, Brandon A. Gaudiano, Steve D. Hollon, J. Kim Penberthy, Tara S. Peris

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


A career in clinical psychology necessitates becoming a lifelong learner. The clinical psychologists who embrace lifelong learning benefit from the continued growth in psychological science and the continuing evolution of science-based practice. The constituents that these clinical psychologists interact with and impact—patients, students and trainees, consumers of research, and society at large—also benefit from clinical psychologists who are constantly learning and evolving. Dr. Scott Lilienfeld embodied the spirit of lifelong learning with a remarkably creative and questioning mind. In honor of his legacy, we lay bare in this chapter some of our own challenges in lifelong learning to highlight both the barriers and opportunities that can follow from viewing the receipt of the PhD as only the start of the learning that makes the field of psychological science so dynamic and vibrant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationToward a Science of Clinical Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationA Tribute to the Life and Works of Scott O. Lilienfeld
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783031143328
ISBN (Print)9783031143311
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Continuing education
  • Critical thinking
  • Intellectual humility
  • Lifelong learning
  • Science-based practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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