What is Applied and Clinical Sociology?

Foundational Sociology

The use of sociological theories, concepts, and methods to examine topics of interest for the purpose of communicating those findings primarily to academic audiences 

Applied Sociology

The use of those same theories, concepts, and methods to carry out the same examinations with the primary purpose of translating findings to improve the understanding of non-academic audiences (clients, communities, policy, etc). 

Clinical Sociology

The use of sociological theories, concepts, and methods to carry out the same examinations with the primary purpose not only to translate findings, but also design, implement, and evaluate interventions meant to improve outcomes and respond to challenges.