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I. Social Psychology

PSYCH 19000
Development of Gender Roles
Social, cognitive, hormonal and personality factors in development of gender roles; determinants of behavioral and cognitive gender differences.

PSYCH 22000

Review of the contributions to the understanding of normal personality in the theories of the Freudian and other analytical schools; of Allport, of representative behaviorist groups and of constitutional typologists; also, methods of assessing and understanding individual personality.

PSYCH 23000
Social Psychology
Problems of human experience and behavior in the social context; theories and current methodology in research on the influence of the group on cognitive processes, motivation, personality structure and the self; attitudes and prejudice; leadership; group processes.

PSYCH 23500
The Psychology of Women
(cross-listed with WGSP 23500)
Psychological functioning of women; sexuality, pregnancy, social roles and status, aging, achievement, life styles, power.

PSYCH 31300
This course reviews the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social changes that typically occur during adolescence. Topics include classic and contemporary theories of adolescent development and the interactions between adolescents and their social and cultural environments.

PSYCH 33100
Social Cognition of Gender
The course examines the social cognitive and motivational processes that a) underpin beliefs about and evaluations of men and women, b) affect behaviors toward and by men and women, and c) change or entrench attitudes and behaviors.

PSYCH 33200
Attitudes and Persuasion
This course examines both traditional and current theory and research on attitudes and attitude change in social psychology. The first third of the course covers the historical background of the field, the nature of attitudes, problems associated with the measurement of social attitudes and behavior, the conceptual structure and organization of attitudes, and the relation between attitudes and behavior. The middle third of the course explores one of the most-researched topics in attitude research: stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. The final third of the course examines various social psychological theories of attitude change and persuasion, along with their diverse applications.

PSYCH 33300
Advanced Social Psychology Therory and Methods

In-depth training in the concepts and skills necessary for conducting scientific research in social psychology. Core concepts in social psychology are used as the basis for case-studies in which different methods for examining constructs are illustrated and compared.

PSYCH 33400
Cultural Psychology
As ours society becomes more multi-cultural, the question of how culture impacts psychological processes is increasingly important. The goal of this course is to expose students to the ways that cultural meanings, practices, and institutions influence and reflect individual human psychologies, with an emphasis on cultural variability in psychological theories and research findings. Topics include but are not limited to: a) What is cultural psychology; b) Research methods in cultural psychology; c) Historical and conceptual issues in cultural psychology d) cross-cultural models of self, attention, perception, morality, memory, human development and health, e) cultural differences in gender effects and f) policy implications of cultural psychology

PSYCH 38500
Current Topics in Social Psychology
Focuses on contemporary knowledge and issues in the scholarly literature in selected areas within social psychology. Emphases are on interdisciplinary approaches and critical thinking, including links to theoretical, empirical, and applied foundations of the field. Topics vary each term.

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II. Clinical Psychology

PSYCH 14000
Psychological Adjustment
Styles of adjustment; social interaction; self-concept and self-esteem: stress management; alienation; failures of adjustment.

PSYCH 17100
Stress & Coping
A theoretical and practical introduction to stress processes and coping behaviors. The course explores the social, biological, behavioral, and clinical theories that guide our understanding of stress and coping and translated into testable interventions for managing stress and mitigating its negative effects.

PSYCH 22300
Abnormal Psychology
Consideration of psychological abnormalities; symptoms, etiology, diagnostic procedures and therapy.

PSYCH 32300
Developmental Psychopathology

Survey and evaluation of empirical and theoretical approaches to the major psychological abnormalities that arise in childhood and adolescence; their characteristics, causes and treatments.

PSYCH 34100
Stress, Trauma, and Resilience

This course covers the interrelated topics of stress, trauma, and resilience. The course uses a clinical science perspective to explore both normative (healthy) and problematic physiological and psychological responses to stress and trauma, as well as factors that influence resilience.

PSYCH 34200
Emotion: Function and Dysfuntion
Focus of the course will be on understanding the role of emotion in both functional and dysfunctional contexts. Through readings, class discussion, and lecture, we will address how emotions can both be vital for survival yet at the heart of so many mental disorders.

PSYCH 34400
Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychologists engage in a wide range of activities including research, teaching, assessment, administration, consultation. This course will discuss controversial issues regarding how to best define clinical psychology in a modern health practice context.

PSYCH 36100
Psychological Tests
Introduction to the principles of psychological assessment; major methods of measuring general ability, aptitude, achievement, interest, personality. Appraisal of psychological tests.

PSYCH 38600
Current Topics in Clinical Psychology
Focuses on contemporary knowledge and issues in the scholarly literature in a focused area of clinical psychology. Emphases are on interdisciplinary approaches and critical thinking, including links to theoretical, empirical, and applied foundations of the field. Topics vary each term.

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III. Health Psychology

PSYCH 17000
Human Sexuality
Psychological foundations, sexual development and response patterns; male and female roles; individual and social attitudes, legal issues.

PSYCH 24200
Health Psychology

Psychological and behavioral factors related to physical illness and health promotion, including such areas as aging, stress and coping, pain, addiction and eating disorders.

PSYCH 36200
Psychological Determinants of Health Disparities
Current research, theory, and applications related to the psychological determinants of health disparities that are experienced as a function of population characteristics, including race/ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation.

PSYCH 36300
Health Behavior Change

A theoretical and practical introduction to health behavior change. The course explores the social and behavioral theories that guide understanding of health behavior and describes how these theories are translated into testable interventions for health promotion, risk reduction, and treatment.

PSYCH 36400
Sexuality and Health
This course reviews the field of sexual health research, sexual health policy, and sexual health education and intervention, as well as specific topics such as the role of gender, sexual orientation, and personal motivation in sexual health.

PSYCH 36500
Coping with Chronic Disease

Focuses on current knowledge of psychological adjustment to chronic health conditions, including - intrapersonal, interpersonal and social determinants of adjustment using theory and empirical evidence within a stress and coping framework. Emphases are on interdisciplinary approaches and critical thinking, including links to theoretical, empirical, and applied foundations of the field.

PSYCH 36600
Interpersonal Relationships and Health
This course will familiarize students with current research, theory, and applications related to interpersonal processes and health, emphasizing emotional as well as physical health. It will broadly consider the literature in health psychology and relationship science and therefore maintains a biopsychosocial perspective of health and well-being.

PSYCH 36700
Biological and Social bases of Addictive Behavior
A biopsychosocial approach to understanding risk factors, onset, course, treatment considerations and prognosis for common addictive behaviors. It explores the neurobiological, psychological, pharmacological, and cultural themes that unify the understanding of addictive behaviors.

PSYCH 38700
Current Topics in Health Psychology
Contemporary knowledge and issues in the scholarly literature in a focused area of health psychology. Emphases on interdisciplinary approaches and critical thinking, including links to theoretical and empirical foundations of the field. Topics vary each term.

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