The academic forum of the department of counselling psychology organized a guest lecture on qualitative research Method on 28th September, 2017. The guest lecturer for the day was Rani Mohanraj, Psychologist and a trainer.
INTRODUCTION TO GUEST LECTURER
Rani Mohanraj is a Psychologist and is also trained in Epidemiology and Bio-statistics at the University of Washington. She is one of the founder members of Samarth, a NGO engaged in social science research and training since 2007 in the capacity of Co-Investigator, Principle Investigator and Consultant.Since 2002, she has been working on many research studies on mental health issues of depression, suicide, post traumatic stress in women, stigma and discrimination among persons with HIV,and the development of counseling interventions. Her main areas of interest are Mental Health, Behavioural and Social Science research in chronic diseases, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Questionnaire Development. She is also trained in qualitative research methods and analysis.
A BRIEF ON THE LECTURE
Rani Mohanraj enlightened us on basic features of qualitative research method. Qualitative research is an inquiry process in which the researcher is the instrument. She shared her experiences while conducting research, especially on stigma and discrimination among persons with HIV. Further on she elaborated on process and uses of a qualitative research and that this method is good for generating hypothesis, identifying relevant interventions, useful for developing a model, holistically understanding the topic, and in designing more valid instruments. The main goal in qualitative research is to understand participants’ view. She later elaborated on the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques to use to collect data. She explained the importance of recording all interviews, transcript the data, and how to use writing skills to precise the data.