Tuesday, January 31, 2017


We have been discussing in our classes the importance of an accurate diagnosis in the field of Mental Health. The following article talks about some of  the challenges of doing so within the DSM and offers an interesting case study where coming to the right diagnosis significantly impacting the client's life....


Wednesday, January 25, 2017


The issue of Mental Health is a major focus of the field of Psychology. We will be discussing many Mental Illnesses throughout the semester in all classes. One of the major goals of Psychology is decreasing the stigma associated with mental health issues. It is always refreshing when popular figures use their position for good causes and the following article talks about one such person and her very worthwhile cause....




The corrected syllabus is now available on the Psy 101 section of the website. Please replace the one I handed out the first day of class with this one and we will be using the one on the website from now on in the class. Sorry for the confusion,

Monday, January 23, 2017


Welcome students of the Spring 2017 semester!

I am hoping we have a stimulating and enjoyable semester as you experience the world of Psychology. My goal is to offer students who are willing to work hard an opportunity to be immersed in the world of Psychology, explore topics of interest in more detail, and earn a good grade in the course.  On that note, I would like to share a few ideas of things to focus on to both enhance your course experience and give yourself a chance to obtain the best grade possible:

Homework: It will be important to consistently complete your standing homework assignments. If you do, they will provide you valuable context and reinforcement of class lectures. Your standing homework assignments are:

1.     Keep up with the reading: It is a general assumption you will be doing a reading to accompany the class lectures. This will help enhance your understanding of the material and give you a deeper knowledge of the subject matter

2. Watch the assignment videos: The videos associated with the lectures were designed to provide you more details about different topics as well as reinforce material covered in class. Watching them is an excellent way to enhance your understanding and assist with the process of committing the material to memory for test preparation.

       3. Make sure you are aware of the due dates and requirements for all writing assignments and follow them!!!

4. Stay in touch: Many issues can be resolved earlier in the semester and can make the rest of the semester go much smoother. Make sure you are familiar enough with course expectations to ask the questions early in the semester. Feel free to ask during class time so everyone can get the benefit of the information

       5.Check the blog on a regular basis for updates on the class, additional reading assignments, and extra credit opportunities.  

6. Class Participation: 
Please feel free to share thoughts, ideas, and questions during class. I find class discussion an integral part  of a stimulating learning experience and hope you will be an active participant in the class. 

If you find any websites or resources that are helpful to you in the course please share them with me as my website is a dynamic site and I am always looking for resources that will be useful to students

       YOUR FIRST HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT is to familiarize yourself with the website which will be an invaluable resource throughout the semester!