: Allison G. Harvey
: MW 12-1 PM, 100 GPB
: MW 12 – 12:50 PM, 3321 Tolman
M: 1-2pm, 3336 Tolman
(liaison for waitlist students)
Tu: 3-4pm, G7 Tolman
(liaison for DSP students)
Th: 12:00- 3:00pm
Tu: 2-3pm, G7 Tolman
** Discussion sections begin the week of September 5-9
This course will provide an introduction to and overview of the field of clinical psychology. Our goal is to
provide current scientific information about the nature and major forms of mental disorder. Throughout we
will highlight the diverse roles that psychologists perform as scientists, advocates, providers, and evaluators
of direct services. We will emphasize underlying theories of dysfunction, therapy and the ways in which
basic sciences (e.g., attention science, cognitive science, emotion science, neuroscience) can inform the study
of psychopathology and treatment. We will begin by highlighting issues related to the definition of
abnormality and the classification of psychological disorders. Then we will examine a range of psychological
disorders. Disorders to be covered include anxiety disorders (panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder),
depression, sleep disorders, schizophrenia and eating disorders. Most disorders will be considered in terms of
(1) classification, (2) epidemiology, (3) theories of etiology/maintenance and (4) treatment approaches.
Throughout the course genetics, sex differences, high risk aspects and the effects of social class, culture and
life events will be considered.
Although the course is, of necessity, broad and survey-oriented, the sections will allow more in-depth
coverage of selected topics.
We hope to convey both our excitement about the scientific advances in the field
and our alarm at the long strides that still need to be made in terms of public awareness, basic scientific
understanding, and public neglect of children, adolescents and adults who suffer from mental disorders.