Provides an understanding of nature and function of emotions as well as relationship of emotion to mental health/illness. Emphasizes adversity arising from individual and community sources and its impact on emotional health. Addresses implications for interpersonal and social policy interventions.
Using an epigenetic perspective we evolve an understanding of emotions and emotional regulation and the association to mental health. The goal of the course is to provide a theoretical and empirical foundation to link such diverse fields as neural science, relational theories of personality development, stress, trauma and psychopathology and social policy. Synthesis of this content will provide students with a theoretical reference for understanding mental health /illness and psychosocial interventions.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course is conducted as a graduate discussion seminar. It is intended for advanced undergraduate or graduate student from many disciplines.
Topical Outline: Affective Neuroscience The Psychosocial Context of Emotions: From Brain to Mind Stress and Coping: Theoretical Development Stress and Emotion: Psychophysiology From Stress to Trauma, Psychopathology Extreme Situations: Populations Extreme Situations: Individual Adversity and Mental Health: Ethnicity, SES and Gender Intervention Framework: Psychotherapy & Social Policy
A beginning knowledge of neurobiological, psychological, and social theories related to the complexities of human behavior is helpful.
Class assignments and grading
The course is conducted as a graduate discussion seminar. Each student will be responsible for evaluating their performance and assigning a grade. The instructor will provide a framework for evaluation. The evaluation will be based in the following:
1. CLASS PARTICIPATION: (40%). 2. Group Presentation (60%)