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Webinar: There’s Nothing as Practical as a Good Theory

October 11, 2022 @ 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

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The design, conduct, and analysis of clinical and translational research can be strengthened by the thoughtful application of theory. Strategies for applying theory are not intuitive, however. While most investigators include some theory in the “conceptual framework” section of their grants, they may be unsure how theory can contribute to all elements of their proposed research. This webinar will provide a primer on the uses of theory in qualitative and mixed methods research health research. Its goal is to convince participants of the truth of the old adage that “there’s nothing as practical as a good theory” and to spark ideas for how they can apply theory in their own work.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of what constitutes theory and the different forms of theoretical reasoning (inductive, deductive, and abductive)
  • Be introduced to the applications of theory across the trajectory of a research project
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions about the use of theory in their own work

Barbara Bowers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing, has conducted and taught qualitative research methods for over 30 years.  She is currently the associate editor of The Gerontologist, reviewing all qualitative and mixed methods submissions to the journal.



Tonya Roberts, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. The overall goal of her research program is to develop, implement, and evaluate resident-centered and family-centered health services interventions that improve the quality of care and quality of life of vulnerable, older adults who need long-term care. Dr. Roberts uses mixed methods approaches to optimize long-term care work systems and address resident and family needs and preferences for care.


Nora Jacobson, PhD, is the ICTR-CAP qualitative methodologist. In that role she provides methods support to ICTR-affiliated investigators who are conducting clinical and translational research. She is also a Co-I on a number of federally funded grants, many of which are focused on implementation science.



For more information about this webinar, contact Kat Phelps at kephelps@wisc.edu.


October 11, 2022
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
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