PRINCIPLES OF ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
#70793, 830:340:01, Spring, 2008
MTh3, Mondays and Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:20 pm
Livingston Campus, LSH
Auditorium, seats 400 students
Professor Jan Mohlman, Ph.D.
Busch Campus, Busch Psychology Building (across from golf course)
152 Frelinghuysen Road, Room 309
Mondays after class, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, or by appointment.
All office hours are held in my office – we
are unable to meet in our classroom for office hours.
Ariana Prawda, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm in Busch Psychology Building, Room 219
The TA handles all grading and grade-related matters.
Best to get to my site through my listing on the faculty page of the psychology department’s website.
Once you are
on my site, click on ‘Courses’ and then under ‘Undergraduate Teaching’ select ‘Principles of Abnormal Psychology,’
In this folder you will find copies of all instructor’s slides and handouts, as well as readings, study
guides and special notices.
Please check the course website for new postings
once per week
It is each
student’s responsibility to keep up with all postings on the website.
Please check the website first, before emailing
me, if you need any class documents.
Barlow, D. & Durand, V. (2004)
Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach
(4th Ed.). I
recomment buying a used copy.
You do not need the CD that comes with the book.
You do not need to bring your
book to class.
You do not need to purchase any separate study guides.
There are four noncumulative exams in this class on the following dates:
Monday, Feb.11, Monday,
March 10, Thursday, April 10, and Monday, May 5.
These are regular exams given during the regular class time;
there are no cumulative midterms or final exams in this class.
Your grade in the class is based on these four
You are responsible for all the information contained in this syllabus, and for all changes to the syllabus
that I announce in class or post on the website.
Course Overview and Objectives
This course provides an introduction to the field of abnormal psychology.
First, we will discuss definitions
of abnormal psychology and the diagnosis and assessment of emotional disorders.
The most commonly occurring
disorders will be covered with an emphasis on phenomenology (the experience of the individual experiencing the
disorder), etiology (the possible causes of the disorder), and contemporary approaches to treatment.
attention will be paid to controversial topics and current trends in the study of abnormal psychology, such as the
importance of research in developing effective treatments.