PSY430 Intro to Psychopathology

Lead Faculty: Dr. Nicole Polen-Petit

Course Description

An overview of sociocultural views and scientific theories of normalcy and deviance. The major psychological, cognitive, and behavioral disorders and their classification are examined.

Learning Outcomes

  • Trace historical developments in the understanding and treatment of abnormal behavior.
  • Describe major theories of abnormal behavior, emotion and cognition.
  • Summarize and give examples of current diagnostic systems.
  • Describe the major personality disorders.
  • Describe the major disorders of mood and anxiety.
  • Summarize disorders of eating, substance abuse, sexual functioning and gender identity.
  • Compare and contrast cognitive and psychotic disorders.
  • Describe the fundamental concepts of civil and criminal commitment, competence to stand trial, and the protection of patients' rights.