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Why do some youth develop psychopathology in the face of adversity whereas others do not? How do we define psychological disorders in youth? Is resilience a static trait, or can it be promoted? How do we prevent youth from developing psychopathology? In this course, students will address these and other questions using a risk and resilience framework that examines the interactions among multiple risk and protective factors in the pathway to psychopathology. Specifically, students will examine the interactions between individual characteristics (e.g., neurobiological, interpersonal, cognitive, and emotional factors) and environmental contexts (e.g., family, school, peer, early adversity, poverty) in the development of risk and resiliency. Application of etiological models and empirical findings to prevention and intervention approaches will be explored. Throughout the course, students will evaluate current research based upon theory, methodological rigor, and clinical impact.
Format: tutorial; This course will be offered remotely. Each week the professor and the tutorial pair will meet for 60 minutes in a synchronous online meeting. The meetings will be scheduled between 9am and 4pm EST based upon student and professor availability. Attendance will be required at the weekly synchronous online meeting.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
six 5-page papers, six short response papers, and participation in discussions
PSYC 252; PSYC 201 recommended
Psychology majors and Public Health concentrators