Values and principles
The key principles and practices of PsychGen include 1) promoting transparent and reproducible science, 2) building tools and infrastructure for researchers, 3) encouraging methodological diversity and triangulation, and 4) advancing user involvement. We have established four dynamic working groups to drive the development and implementation of these principles. These active working groups ensure the quality, relevance, and impact of the PsychGen research endeavors.
Promoting Transparent and Reproducible Science
We promote open and transparent practices in research. The Working Group for Open and Reproducible Science aim to develop guidelines for preregistering, conducting, and reporting analyses in a manner that is easily understood and replicated by other researchers. The group also addresses the evolving landscape of open access publishing. The goals include developing best practice guidelines for PsychGen projects, including courses for writing code and preparing templates for preregistration.
Building Tools and Infrastructure for Analyses using data from MoBa and registries
This working group focuses on developing tools and infrastructure to support research activities within and outside PsychGen, specifically related to working with data from the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Building upon the principles of transparent and reproducible science, this group identifies opportunities to maximize the impact of PsychGen research by creating software packages and resources suitable for MoBa researchers. Our goals involve developing and maintaining MoBatools R packages, documenting the genomic data quality control pipeline for MoBaPsychgen, and collaborating with MoBa to enhance infrastructure.
Read more about Phenotools – an R package facilitating efficient and reproducible use MoBa data.
Contact person: Laurie Hannigan
Encouraging Methodological Diversity, Innovation, and Triangulation
The Methodological Diversity and Triangulation (MDT) working group will coordinate methodological knowledge and resources across PsychGen. Our goal is to collate resources and analysis scripts for innovative methods tailored for use with the MoBa data. Find our resources and contacts for group members with relevant expertise on our OSF page (OSF page). The MDT working group will also be developing a framework to strengthen causal inference through triangulating diverse and innovative methods. By employing novel designs that complement one another (with orthogonal assumptions) to address different sources of bias, the group aims to maximize the impact of findings from PsychGen.
Advancing User Involvement
PsychGen places a strong emphasis on user involvement, ensuring that research is embedded in real-world contexts and has a meaningful impact on mental health outcomes. By involving end-users, including patients and healthcare providers, the center's research questions and findings are designed to be relevant and useful. The User Involvement working group focuses on integrating user perspectives throughout the research process, from conception to dissemination. We aim to establish practices for meaningful user involvement in the Center's research and develop a network of user representative contacts, staying informed about current trends in user involvement practices, and assist PsychGen members in incorporating user involvement into their projects.
Contact person: Ingunn Olea Lund