Health Psychology

Health Psychology - Health Psychology (PSYC 383) Spring,...

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Health Psychology (PSYC 383) – Spring, 2010 Time and Place: Tues/Thurs, 11:00am-12:15pm in Bio E. 100 Professor: David Sbarra, Ph.D. Office: Psychology 408 Phone: 626-6426 Office Hours (OH): Tues. & Thurs., 12:30-1:30pm, or by appointment Email: Sbarra@email.arizona.edu Teaching Assistants: Rita Law: ritawlaw@email.arizona.edu , OH: Tues & Thurs, 10-11am, Psych 410 Brian Roller: broller@email.arizona.edu , OH: Mon (3-4pm) & Tues (4-5pm), Psych 505 Course Overview: This is an introductory survey course in health psychology. The main aim of the course is to introduce you to the broad theories, terminology, and substantive research findings of the field through consideration of the psychological influences on illness and wellness, as well as the effects of physical health on psychosocial functioning. Throughout the term, we will examine how these processes operate across varied levels of analysis, including, for example, consideration of the different biological systems of the body, how people make health behavior changes, the effects of interpersonal contexts on physical health, the development, maintenance, and psychosocial correlates of specific diseases, cultural variation in disease and health behaviors, and the role of larger systems in promoting wellness and the management of chronic illness. The emphasis of this course is on reviewing scientific evidence (rather than discussing anecdotal or personal experience) with the overall goal of helping you learn to think critically about current theories and research findings. Course Readings and Materials: One text is required for this class and may be purchased at the University Bookstore. Weekly readings will be assigned from this book. Primary source journal articles will be assigned on a periodic basis; these will be posted to the course website. Textbook (Required) : Taylor, S. E. (2008). Health Psychology (7 th Edition). McGraw Hill. Course Website: This course will use a D2L website, and all materials can be found online, include lecture materials, which will be posted before each lecture. All registered students will find this course among their online courses within the D2L system: http://d2l.arizona.edu. The Scientific Attitude : The application of science to psychosocial influences of health and illness carries with it the implicit assumption that these problems can be studied objectively. Health psychologists adopt an open-minded attitude that allows them to ask empirical questions so that research data can inform their decision-making, rather than allowing personal biases to guide them. We are going to discuss several controversial topics in this course. In order to get the most out of these discussions, you are asked to have a tolerant and open mind, and to keep in mind that intellectual (not personal) debate will be encouraged in class. Therefore, you are encouraged to ask questions and raise points of debate in class, provided you do so in a respectful manner. In addition, because we will touch on issues of psychological health, it is
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