Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine Instructor Martha Menard Publishes Mixed Methods Study on Quality of Education in Massage Therapy09/30/2014
Mixed-methods research combines the best features of qualitative and quantitative research method in a single study. Healthcare offers many fruitful opportunities for applying mixed methods, and Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine has promoted mixed methods for its doctoral students' research.
A recently published study by Saybrook University School of Mind-body Medicine faculty member Martha Menard, PhD, LMT, illustrates how mixed methods can be applied to topics in healthcare. The study is a national evaluation of the current quality of education in massage therapy, and was funded by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. Multiple data sources included quantitative educational outcomes from the National Center for Education Statistics, such as tuition costs, graduation rates, job placement rates, median loan amounts, and loan repayment rates, with a qualitatively developed survey of educators from multiple healthcare disciplines. The survey question and answer choices were based on individual and focus group interviews, and included several open-ended questions.
Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine Signs Articulation Agreement with the University of Santa Monica10/11/2014
Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine has finalized an articulation agreement with the University of Santa Monica (USM). The agreement enables graduates from the University of Santa Monica to utilize their USM graduate credits for application to the Saybrook PhD degree programs in mind-body medicine. The agreement is effective immediately.
The School of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) at Saybrook University provides four doctoral level specializations, to prepare graduates to pursue careers in healthcare, mental healthcare, and integrative and functional nutrition. The four PhD specializations (and two master's degrees) are influenced by Saybrook University's humanistic philosophy and pursue a vision of a person-centered health care, with self-care, mind-body practices, and other alternative approaches integrated into the mainstream of health and mental healthcare.