Psychology 4039 spring 2019 Syllabus

Psychology 4039 BMWA
Psychopathology of Childhood
Spring 2019
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:05AM-10:20AM
Room VC 3-120
Instructor: Zach Sapolsky, Ph.D.
Email- [email protected]
Office Hours: By appointment. Mondays 12:00-1:00PM
Office Hours Location: VC 4-240F
Required Texts:
Wilmshurst, L. (2015) Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: A casebook (3rd Ed.).
Elon University: Sage Publications, Inc.
Empirical and theoretical articles will be assigned each week throughout the duration of the
Course Description:
This course will introduce students to numerous psychological disorders of childhood and
adolescence as well as examine the problems of emotionally disturbed children in the context of
adaptive child development. Some of the many topics to be discussed and explored include
ADHD, the autistic spectrum, oppositional deviant and conduct disorders, separation anxiety,
learning disorders, anxiety and other related disorders, impulse control issues, depression,
bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and developing personality disorders. An emphasis will placed
on understanding impulse control, emotional and self-regulation, and interpersonal challenges
from several theoretical perspectives. Etiology, intervention approaches, treatment, and
prevention will all be discussed. The clinical methods of assessment, research, and diagnosis will
also be examined. In addition to describing childhood psychopathology and answering the
question, “what?” there will be a special emphasis on understanding and explaining child and
adolescent behavior, cognition, and emotions in order to answer the question, “why?”
a. Blackboard
o I will use blackboard to post important course announcements, updates, as well as your
grades throughout the semester. You are responsible for all announcements and course
adjustments made through Blackboard.
If you have difficulties accessing or using Blackboard, you should contact the BCTC Helpdesk at
(646) 312-1010 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Tutoring Service
We highly encourage you to seek additional exposure to the course material via our
designated Psychology tutor at the Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC).
The tutoring center is located at VC 2-116. Please call 646-312-4830 ahead of time for an
appointment. Find out more about the Student Academic Consulting Center at
If you require assistance with writing in this or any other class, please visit the Writing
Center on the 8th floor of the VC building (adjacent to the main elevator bank).
c. Free Counseling and psychotherapy:
Baruch Counseling Center is located on the 9th Floor at 137 East 25th Street (Annex
building). Call (646) 312-2155 or email [email protected] for more information
or to make an appointment. They offer individual or group counseling to the Baruch
community. Services are all confidential and free of charge.
Class Format:
Each class will aim to integrate some lecture and plentiful discussion. You are expected to come
to class having already read the assigned reading for that day.
Course Requirements and Grading:
25% Journal: While your journal will be private, you will be required to complete weekly
entries, and will be on your honor to do so. This is a course with difficult and sensitive topics
that will bring up particular personal memories, thoughts, and emotions. Therefore, it is very
important to have several healthy/positive outlets for coping with these reactions. There will be
several specific journal writing assignments, but most of the journaling exercises will be geared
toward cathartic release and self-understanding. Class discussion and other methods of
processing the content of this class will be addressed.
25% Midterm paper (5-pages) To be distributed two weeks prior to the due date (April 1st)
25% Final paper (6-7 pages) To be distributed three weeks prior to the due date (May 20th)
25% Group presentation: You, along with your group (approximately 4 students per group), will
present an empirical article pertaining to an aspect of child (or adolescent) psychopathology
during the last few classes of the semester (May 6-13). The group may consult the list of
references in the casebook or perform a literature search through the Baruch library (Psychinfo
or Psycharticles are good search engines) and choose one article to present to the class. Each
group will send me an email with your chosen article’s abstract attached. Since the landscape in
child psychopathology research changes so quickly, please choose an article from the last 5-10
years. The research article must contain at least four sections: introduction, methods, results, and
discussion. If you decide to choose a qualitative or theoretical article where data is analyzed
differently, the division of labor will have to be divided in a different way.
You must submit both papers, participate in the group presentation, and complete your
journal assignments in order to complete the course.
You are permitted three absences in this course (you do not have to provide a documented
reason). After the fourth absence, each absence will result in a reduction (5% or more) of your
final grade.
3 absences are tolerated.
4 undocumented absences: you will lose 5% of your final grade.
5 undocumented absences: you will lose 10% of your final grade.
Numerical grading is seen as follows:
A 93-100 A- 90-92 B+ 87-89 B 83-86 B- 80-82 C+ 77-79
C- 70-72 D 60-69 F 0-59 INC
C 73-76
Course Calendar
Topic to be Covered
Introductions/Case Conceptualization/DSM
Introduction Continued
Intervention/Theoretical Approaches/Treatment
Terry Hogan
Intervention/Theoretical Approaches/Treatment
Terry Hogan
Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones
No Class
Psychological Well-being
Neesha Wilson
Chapter 1
Problems of Attention: ADHD/Dyslexia
Colby Tyler
Chapter 2A
Problems of Attention: ADHD/Dyslexia Continued
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Dylan Bach
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Continued
Oppositional Deviant Disorder (ODD), ADHD
Scott Michaels
Conduct Disorder
Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
Winnie Kent
Chapter 4
GAD, cultural conflict, trichotillomania
Shirley Yong
Chapter 4
Anxiety Continued
Chapter 1
Chapter 2B
Chapter 3
Jordan Neeson
Chapter 4
Midterms Due/OCD Continued
Adolescent Depression, Suicidal ideation/Bipolar Disorder
David Steele
Matthew Morgan
Substance Use
Alex Bishop
Chapter 6
Disordered Eating
Sarah Burke
Chapter 6
Substance Use
Alex Bishop
Chapter 6
Self-mutilation/Borderline Personality Disorder?
Juan Hernandez
Self-mutilation/Borderline Personality Disorder?
Tori Benson
Group Presentations
Group Presentations
Group Presentations
Final Papers Due
Chapter 5
Chapter 7
Academic Integrity
Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses. The following definitions are based on the
College's Academic Honesty website:
Cheating is the attempted or unauthorized use of materials, information, notes, study aids,
devices or communication during an academic exercise. Examples include but are not limited to:
Copying from another student during an examination or allowing another to copy your work
Unauthorized collaborating on a take home assignment or examination
Using unauthorized notes during a closed book examination
Using unauthorized electronic devices during an examination
Taking an examination for another student
Asking or allowing another student to take an examination for you
Changing a corrected exam and returning it for more credit
Submitting substantial portions of the same paper to two classes without consulting the second
Preparing answers or writing notes in a blue book (exam booklet) before an examination
Allowing others to research and write assigned papers including the use of commercial term
paper services
Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person's ideas, research or writing as your own, such
Copying another person's actual words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes (a
functional limit is four or more words taken from the work of another)
Presenting another person's ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging them
Using information that is not considered common knowledge without acknowledging the source
Failure to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignment
My policy is to give a failing grade to any assignment that has been plagiarized or an exam in
which you have cheated. In addition, I am required by College policy to submit a report of
suspected academic dishonesty to the Office of the Dean of Students. This report becomes part
of your permanent file.
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