Clinical Course Work

Psychopathology Proseminar

This course covers fundamental topics in psychopathology, with an emphasis on etiological and diagnostic issues, in the context of current nosology (the DSM system, etc.). Theoretical models of psychopathological phenomena and major syndromes (e.g. affective disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse) are discussed, with reference to relevant empirical findings. Implications for treatment are also considered.

Special Topics Seminars - Clinical Psychology

These courses cover a wide array of specialized topics in the area of clinical psychology. Some recent courses include:

  • Debates in Classification

  • Neuropsychopharmacology

  • Empirically Supported Treatments

Psychological Assessment (Psychology 810)

This course provides a basic introduction to the theories and tools of psychological assessment. Students learn how to administer and interpret a number of standard cognitive, neuropsychological and personality tests including the WAIS-III, WMS-III, WIAT-II, Wisconsin Card Sort, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and the Millon Index of Personality Styles. Attention is given to serving as a consultant, differential diagnosis, case conceptualization, and integrating test results into formal but accessible reports.

Psychodiagnostic Interviewing (Psychology 811)

This course, usually taken simultaneously with Psychology 810, provides a basic introduction to psychodiagnostic interviewing and differential diagnosis. Students learn to take clinical histories and to administer a number of standardized diagnostic interviews, including the mental status exam, the SCID I and II for DSM-IV, the ADIS, and various clinician rating scales such as the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression. Attention is also given to self-report symptom inventories such as the Beck Depression Inventory and the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised as well as to computerized diagnostic tools.