Integration of Theory, Research, and Practice: A Social Cognitive Perspective

  • Robert W. Lent University of Maryland


This chapter appears in J. P. Sampson, E. Bullock-Yowell, V. C. Dozier, D. S. Osborn, & J. G. Lenz (Eds.), Integrating theory, research, and practice in vocational psychology: Current status and future directions. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University. Retrieved from

The chapter is based on a paper presented at the conference of the Society of Vocational Psychology, May 16–17, 2016, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.  A video presentation of a preliminary version of this paper may be retrieved from

Appreciation is expressed to Drs. Ellen B. Lent and Steven D. Brown for their comments on an earlier draft of this chapter.

Correspondence should be addressed to Robert W. Lent, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.  E-mail:

Keywords: social cognitive career theory, theory, research, practice, integration, policy

Section 1: Challenges and Opportunities for Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice in Vocational Psychology