In addition to the formal academic training acquired in the process of course work, students develop their research capabilities by collaborating with their advisor and other faculty.
This work begins in the first semester and continues throughout the student's graduate career.
Because such collaborative research projects often involve individuals at various levels of training and competencies, students are able to learn from each other, and as they become more advanced, supervise and assist those behind them.
This type of teamwork creates a multi-level mentoring process.
Both formal instruction and the informal collaborative relationships between faculty and students facilitate an easy entry into the process of conducting scientific research on issues in quantitative psychology.