Course description: This course will address a range of ethical issues faced by clinical psychologists. Among the questions that we will grapple with are, What constitutes confidentiality in therapeutic relationships? How do the ethical guidelines regarding confidentiality differ for adults versus minors? What is the duty to warn and when is it necessary? What are common ethical dilemmas in the initiation and termination of therapeutic relationships with mental health consumers? What are the tensions between ethical standards in clinical research versus clinical practice?
Child Psychopathology in Context (not currently teaching)
Course description: In this course, we will approach child and adolescent psychopathology with attention to how difficulties in adjustment and mental health develop over time. We will discuss the risk and protective factors associated with problems of living and problems of adjustment. In addition, we will take a contextual, or ecological approach to developmental psychopathology: we will consider the relevant contexts in which problems develop and in which intervention/treatments should be pursued (families, schools, neighborhoods). In turn, we will discuss the utility and effectiveness of various treatments and interventions including individual therapy, group therapy, and family approaches.
Introduction to Psychology (not currently teaching)
Course description: This course provides an introduction to the major sub-areas of psychology: 1) why do we act as we do?; 2) how do we know what we know?; 3) how do we interact with others?; 4) how do we develop throughout life?; 5) how do we differ from each other? This course also aims to illustrate and emphasize the interplay between nature (biology, genes) and nurture (environment, upbringing, culture) in influencing behavior. Finally, this course highlights some of the ongoing controversies and major issues in psychology, such as how we develop fears, how children develop their cognitive capacities, why we fall in love, what makes someone non-heterosexual, and how daycare affects children.
Course description: This course examines contemporary knowledge and attitudes about human sexuality, relying on theoretical and empirical psychological research. Multiple perspectives are presented, including psychosocial, cross-cultural, and psychobiological. Sexuality across the life span is examined, including issues pertaining to: biological sexual differentiation, the sexual response cycle, intimacy and communication, varieties of sexual relationships and behavior, and sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Emphasis is placed on the critical analysis and synthesis of research on sexuality in the context of current social and cultural influences.
Gender, Families, and Close Relationships
Course description: The primary objective of this seminar is to explore how intimate family relationships change and develop over time, and the role of gender in understanding close relationships. We will examine how popular culture and everyday family life reflect and perpetuate patterns of gender inequality. Gender relations and family life are so intertwined it is impossible to understand one without paying attention to the other. We will explore concepts such as “gender”, “family”, “masculinity”, and “femininity”, to name just a few. In addition, we will examine the ways that larger social, economic, and political structures shape the meanings we give to family, gender, and close relationships. A secondary objective is to develop critical thinking and scientific writing skills.
Contemporary Families: Theories, Research, and Controversies
(Undergraduate Research Course)
Course description: The goal of this seminar is to engage students in the major theories, empirical research, and current controversies on contemporary families. This seminar will examine the varied contextual forces and social locations that are fundamentally intertwined with, and serve to shape, family life (e.g., race, social class), as well as the many forms that contemporary families take (e.g., single-parent families, gay-parent families, adoptive families). Special attention is paid to timely but understudied topics related to family life, such as the influence of reproductive technologies (e.g., donor insemination) and information technologies and social media (e.g., text messaging, the internet) on family life. This course will also emphasize the major theoretical perspectives that have been used to understand and theorize about families.
Research in Diverse Families
(Undergraduate Research Course)
Course description: This course involves undergraduates in all phases of ongoing research being conducted in the Diverse Families Laboratory of Professor Abbie Goldberg. Current projects include the Transition to Adoptive Parenthood Project and the Lesbian Parents Project. Students will participate in weekly lab meetings. Depending on the phase that studies being conducted in the lab, students can be involved in project design, recruiting participants, transcribing participant interviews, coding data, managing data and library research.