Teaching

Courses I Teach:

 

Psychology 310: Abnormal Psychology
The aim of this course is to
describe and discuss abnormal psychological behavior, both in terms of its general definition as well as in terms of the details of specific psychological disorders. At the end of this course you should be familiar with the etiology, phenomenology, and treatment of a broad range of psychological disorders. You should have an understanding of the way in which these disorders are diagnosed, and the ways in which context (cultural and otherwise) influences the definition, presentation, and treatment of psychological disorders. You should be prepared to critically evaluate the extent our own understanding of “abnormal” behavior, as explored through both the popular media representation of psychological disorders and the empirical research surrounding them.

Psy310
Psychology 320: Statistical Methods in Psychological Research
This is an introductory course in statistics for psychology. The aim of this course is to teach you to understand and conduct analysis of psychological research ideas. At the end of this course you should be able identify and carry out specific statistical tests appropriate for particular research questions. You should understand why these questions must be evaluated empirically in order to make valid claims about psychological phenomena. You will also be prepared to read and understand published psychological research articles that use these techniques.
Psychology 427: Introduction to Psychological Testing
The aim of this course is to introduce you to the principles and applications of testing in a wide range of domains, including clinical psychology, counseling, education, business, health, and research. At the end of this course you should understand issues related to the development, administration, and scoring of numerous psychological tests. You should be prepared to critically evaluate these tests and their results, with an awareness of their limitations. Finally, you will have a clear familiarity with the controversies surrounding the use of psychological tests in each domain. In addition to exams and in class activities, you will complete a major project in this class wherein you develop and evaluate your own psychological measurement tool.

 

 

Psychology 500: Seminar in Professional Development
The aim of this course is to introduce you to a range of professional academic activities and provide feedback on the most effective ways to participate in these activities. In addition, we also hope to provide guidance through the transition from undergraduate to graduate studies, and to help you make the most out of your time in this program. At the end of this year you should feel increasingly confident in your ability to be productive, to think critically, and to decide on and undertake the next step in your career. Although professional development is an ongoing journey, the goal of this course is to prepare you to continue along the path to becoming an academic professional.
Psychology 524: Multivariate Statistics
The aim of this course is to introduce and allow you the opportunity to practice advanced statistical techniques – specifically those that are designed to be used with multiple dependent and/or independent variables. These techniques are some of the most useful and relevant methods you can learn to work with the data you will actually collect in research. At the end of this course you should be prepared to determine which statistical techniques are appropriate for particular data and research questions and to screen and prepare data for use with these techniques. You should be able to carry out these techniques using statistical software and to appropriately interpret both your own findings and those published by others that utilize these methods.
Psychology 534: Latent Variable Analysis
The aim of this course is to introduce and allow you the opportunity to practice advanced statistical techniques – specifically those that involve the measurement and analysis of abstract constructs. For many of you, these techniques will be indispensable in achieving the most accurate representation of your theories possible with your data. At the end of this course you should be prepared to determine which statistical techniques are appropriate for particular data and research questions. You should be able to carry out these techniques using two types of statistical software and to appropriately interpret both your own findings and those published by others.

Psychology 692: Graduate Seminar in Research Methodology
The aim of this course is to provide a road map through the research process, from conceptualizing your research idea to publishing your findings. By the end of this course you should have an awareness of key challenges at each stage of the process, both general and specific to particular domains of study, as well as strategies for managing these issues. You will have the opportunity to thoughtfully consider your own research plans, both your short and long term goals, and begin to think through and address significant theoretical and practical considerations in your own work. In addition, you will be critically examining these issues in existing published work, while reinforcing your appreciation for the contribution a wide range of research approaches and concentrations make to our overall understanding of human behavior.

**In Spring 2022 I will be teaching: Psy 692

**In Summer 2022 I will be teaching: Psy 320

**In Fall 2022 I will be on sabbatical leave!

 

 

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