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PSYC 356
The Science of Suicide and Related Psychopathology Fall 2020
Division II

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The course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the science and study of suicide and related psychopathology (e.g., non-suicidal self-injury) in both clinical and community samples. Course topics will include prevalence across the lifespan, current models of etiology, distal and proximal indicators of suicide risk, risk assessment and safety planning, suicide prevention and science-based interventions, an exploration of cultural factors/issues of diversity and social justice, and current/future directions in this particular area of research and clinical practice. Readings will involve empirical studies and theoretical models that have shaped the study of suicidality, and recent studies that have taken a multidisciplinary approach (e.g., neuropsychological research; machine learning) to understanding suicide. Students will evaluate published research based on theory, methodological rigor, ethical considerations, diversity/inclusion, and current gaps in the literature that contribute to difficulty in predicting and preventing suicide. Students will design and conduct an empirical research project based on the course readings and topics discussed, such as analyzing existing data sets, examining media depictions/reporting, and/or conducting online surveys. These projects will be completed in pairs or teams.
The Class: Format: seminar/laboratory; This course will be taught remotely; seminar discussions will occur synchronously twice/week to maximize the opportunity for active group participation of these pressing topics. Empirical labs will also occur synchronously each week; these labs are particularly well-suited to be adapted to remote instruction and will include full group discussions and activities, as well as "breakout" pair/group meetings to focus on empirical projects.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2670
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and active class participation, weekly 2-3 page reading response papers, student-led discussions (3 per student), a 4-5 page project proposal, a 15-20 page APA-style research paper, poster/oral presentation of the research paper
Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and PSYC 252 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors
Distributions: Division II

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