National University




PED667 Developmental Psychopathology

Lead Faculty: Dr. Michael Anderson

Course Description

Addresses emotional and behavior pathology most likely to be encountered by school psychologists and School Counselors working in school settings. It examines human development, and the biological, psychosocial, and cultural variables in the etiology of these disorders. Students will become familiar with characteristics, classification, assessment and diagnosis of such disorders, as well as developmental theories and stages of human development.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the basic principles of diagnosing and classifying emotional, developmental and behavior disorders encountered in school settings.
  • Evaluate the various information that can be gathered from the DSM multi-axis system of diagnosis, and compare and differentiate it from the educational designations presented by the California Education Code.
  • Analyze the biological, psychosocial and cultural systems based on their ability to influence development, behavior, learning and psychopathology.
  • Appraise the strengths and limitations of a research study related to child and adolescent psychopathology.
  • Evaluate several (at least three) empirically supported interventions for a DSM-IV disorder and discuss the most appropriate intervention plan.
  • Appraise the major developmental theories and the stages of development, and the impact these stages have on school behavior and learning.