Courses Taught

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

As the course title indicates, this is a general introduction to the entire field of psychology. There are many subfields within psychology (e.g., clinical, social, physiological, developmental, cognitive, experimental), and this course is designed to expose the student to each of them. Given the breadth of the field of psychology, it is impossible to cover any one subfield in extensive detail. But that's not the purpose of the course. The purpose of PSY101 is to introduce the student to these areas. The student may take subsequent courses in each of the subfields which describe them in much more detail.

PSY 230 - Social Psychology

Social psychology is the study of how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are affected by other people. Social psychologists study anything that involves two or more people interacting with each other (e.g., conformity, aggression, friendships, impression formation, love, obedience to authority figures, helping behavior).

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 307 - Research Methods and Statistics II

A continuation into more advanced study of psychological research methodologies and their associated statistical analyses. Topics include correlation and regression, multiple-group and  factorial designs, quasi-experimental designs, Analyses of Variance, and nonparametric tests. Students will gain experience in formulating research hypotheses and writing all portions of formal APA-style manuscripts.

PSY 325 - Tests and Measurement

In this course, we discuss issues related to psychological assessment. All of the knowledge that we have acquired in psychology has relied on psychological assessment in some form. Examples here include personality questionnaires, intelligence tests, projective tests (e.g., the Rorschach Inkblot Test), surveys, and physiological measures. Students in this course will learn about specific measures (e.g., the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, the Thematic Apperception Test, etc.) as well as issues related to all assessment techniques (e.g., reliability and validity). There is a lab component to this course, in which students get hands-on experience with these specific measures and general issues.

PSY 430 - Group Dynamics

A senior seminar in group dynamics.  Topics include group formation and structure, cohesiveness, influence, power, group task performance, group decision making, leadership, crowd behavior, and intra- and intergroup conflict.