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Title: Psychology 451 Seminar in Abnormal Psychology

Psychology 451Seminar in Abnormal Psychology
  • Dr. Ron Kleinknecht
  • Department of Psychology,
  • Office AI 186
  • Office Hours 100 230 Tuesday and Thursday
  • Class room AI 194
  • Phone 650-3944
  • E-mail
  • Web site http//

About me About you
Purposes and goals
  • Prerequisites 210, 250, 303, 351 with C- or
  • Examine in depth,
  • selected mental disorders including their
    description, etiologies, consequences,
  • how these specific disorders affect and/or are
  • affected by physical conditions and
  • links between physical and mental disorders
  • the various psychological, emotional, and
    physical systems and mechanisms that mediate
    psychological and physical conditions.

Goals continued
  • The seminar goal then is to understand how
    mental, emotional, and physiologic processes are
    really part of single system that is the human
  • Causal mechanisms of disorders can go either
  • Mental/ physical
  • Emotional
  • anxiety CHD, hives, irritable Bowel
  • depression headache, chronic pain
  • Schizophrenia dementia, Viral

  • conduct a literature review and provide oral, in
    class reports on
  • In-depth analysis of a chosen psychological
    disorders and how it causes or affects and/or is
    affected by a physical disorder
  • you will need to understand the mechanism by
    which our physical bodies can affect our mental
    and emotional states and how our mental/emotional
    states can affect us physically.
  • Explore unanswered questions about these
    mechanisms and
  • Outline a research study that might give us a
    greater understanding

Course Structure and Policies
  • Attendance Participation attendance is
    required as is active participation and
    discussion and contributions to the class.
    (Excuses for Swine flu from Student Health Center
    or private Physician)
  • Policy on plagiarism Any evidence that the work
    you report or turn in is not solely your own
    production will result in a failing grade. (See
    Catalog, Appendix D, p. 398)
  • Presentations and written Final Paper There will
    be two or three short in-class presentations of
    your work as the course proceeds culminating in a
    final class presentation and a final written

Paper Structure
  • Pose your research question How does X cause,
    contribute, lead to Y
  • The Disorder
  • Describe essential features and diagnostic
    criteria of the disorder (DSM-IV)
  • Epidemiology
  • Review and evaluate theories of etiology
    learning, genetics, disease
  • What physical disorder/s or conditions have been
    shown to be a function, in whole or in part of
    the mental disorder?
  • Describe the physical disorders, review
    literature and evaluate it.
  • What treatments are effective for this disorder?
  • Review literature and critique and evaluate its
  • Does treatment resolving the mental disorder also
    resolve the physical or vice versa?
  • How solid is the research?
  • What questions remain to be explored concerning
    the relationship between the psychological and
    physical conditions?
  • Design a study to examine one of the questions

Guest Speakers
  • Dr. James Harle, M.D., Child Psychiatrist (Oct.
  • Dr. Jeffery Steger, Ph.D. Clinical Medical
  • Dr. Bill Mahoney, Ph.D. Social Psychologist
    Medical researcher
  • Dr. Ian Thompson, MD. Director of St. Josephs
    Hospital Cancer Center

Stepping Stone Project
  • Opportunity to participate in a ground breaking
    clinical study designed to reduce frequency of
    elderly patients reentering the hospital
    following a hospital stay.
  • Serve as patient coaches
  • Training (October 15th or 20th)
  • 3 hrs./week commitment
  • Who would like to do this?

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Class Schedule
  • September
  • 24 Introduction and overview of class and
  • 29 The Nature of Diagnosis and Mechanisms of
    psychological disorder causing or impacting
    physical disorder and physical disorder causing
    or impacting psychological disorder.
  • October
  • 1 Example Blood, Injury, Injection Phobia
  • 6 Dr. Mahoney - stepping stones project and
    Patient activation
  • 8 Psychological consequences of Cancer diagnosis
    and treatment - Dr. Ian Thompson
  • 12 Class topics brief reports on direction (5 -
    10 min.)
  • 15 Dr. Jeff Steger, Chronic Pain and
    Psychological Disorder
  • 20 Guest 0r (my report on immune system
  • 22 Dr. James Harle Childrens Mental and
    physical health
  • 26

For Now
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