Courses Taught

 

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

An introduction to and survey of the major content areas of psychology. The topics include biological, cognitive, social, and environmental influences on behavior, as well as the variety of philosophical, theoretical, and empirical approaches adapted by the discipline.

PSY 221 - Health Psychology

This course will explore theoretical and empirical approaches to studying the influences of thought, feeling, and behavior on physical health. The class will examine the mind-body problem and how physical health is influenced by personality, social relationships, stress, expectations, behavior, and emotion expression.

PSY 225 - Sensation & Perception

This course will provide the student with an understanding of how humans sense and perceive the surrounding environment. Topics will include the visual, auditory, vestibular, olfactory, and somatosensory systems.

PSY 302 - Behavioral Statistics

This course will provide the student with an understanding of basic behavioral statistics and the ability to report them in written and oral formats. Topics will include descriptive statistics, basic research design, and inferential statistics. Assignments include laboratory investigations and written reports.

PSY 303 - Research Methods

An introduction to the methodological skills necessary for conducting psychological research. Topics include strategies and problems of basic and advanced research design, drawing conclusions, writing research reports, and ethical issues. Assignements include laboratory investigations and written reports.

PSY 306 - Research Methods and Statistics I 

An introduction to the research methods and statistics used in psychological research. Topics include research ethics, sampling from populations, descriptive research and statistics, survey research, basic experimental design and hypothesis testing, and two-group designs and t-tests. Students will gain experience conducting literature reviews, reading empirical articles, using the SPSS statistical analysis software, and beginning writing APA-style manuscripts. 

PSY 385 – Special Topics in Psychology – Health Psychology

This course in health psychology is designed to get students thinking about their health, their family’s health, our world’s health, how it’s changed, and why. We will explore health from many angles, including biological, psychological, and social. We will dabble in psychophysiological research. And, we will put on our deerstalker (Sherlock Holmes) hats to examine just why exactly people don’t follow the doctor’s orders, or why we may believe in the health benefits of magnets, and how those beliefs may actually lead to improved health. By the end of the semester, students should come away from this class with a better understanding of how our behavior, our environment, and our minds can influence our health.  

PSY 421 - Stress & Coping

This seminar is designed to give students a better understanding of theory and research concerning stress and coping (via reading and discussing original research articles). Students will also conduct and write a review of research/theory on a relevant subtopic. This review will involve critically analyzing and integrating empirical, theoretical, and/or historical primary sources.

INT 201 - Building Community

Students will study issues and problems in creating and preserving public good in communities and nations. Students will explore the use of civil, effective communication to address complex and contentious issues. Course content and assigmenemnts will reflect an examination of the relationship between citizenship and inclusive human communities by examining the works of writers, thinkers, artists and scholars representing the four domains of natural science, social science, humanitis and the arts. As a Writing Instruction course, substantial attention, in terms of both instruction and course work, will be given towards developing the practical skill of writing as specified in the Writing Instruction section.

An advanced study of psychological theories that is not available through other departmental course offerings. May be taken more than once (with different topics).