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    I have a strong foundation for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in psychopathology, personality theory and personality assessment, and psychotherapy (such as cognitive behaviour therapy, and interpersonal therapies based on interpersonal circumplex theory). I also enjoy teaching both undergraduate and graduate level statistical and methodology courses, including topics such as research design and basic data analysis, construction of tests and measures, classical and modern test theories, multivariate methods such as exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling.


Previous Courses

Abnormal Psychology (PS280)
Calendar Description:
An introduction to psychopathology theory and research in abnormal behaviour with a focus on historical and global perspectives. The course will focus on biological, psychological, and societal factors in abnormal behaviour, including the role of cultural, personal and interpersonal context.
Click here for a sample syllabus (Winter 2004).

Psychological Measurement and Testing (PS397B)
Calendar Description:
Theory, method and application of psychological tests and measures. Students will learn how to construct and evaluate psychological tests. Standardized tests of intelligence, aptitude, interest and personality will be reviewed, and ethical issues in the use of psychological tests will be discussed.     Click here for a sample syllabus (Winter 2008).

Seminar in Personality and Abnormal Psychology (PS480C)
Topic: Interpersonal Theory and Social Interaction
Calendar Description: In interactions with others, people manage important issues of closeness and influence. Interpersonal styles describe important differences in people’s characteristic ways of dealing with these core issues. Although interpersonal styles are consistent over time, some partners push people away from their preferred style, leading to frustrating or unproductive interchanges. Interpersonal theory and research address these kinds of patterns in human interactions and their effects. In the course we will both read important work in this area and explore a range of hands-on methods for capturing important phenomena in dyadic (two-person) interactions.  Click here for a sample syllabus (Winter 2010).

Topic: Childhood Psychopathology
Calendar Description:
This course will equip you with a sound, basic knowledge of the psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence through readings, discussion, and case material. You will learn to appreciate psychopathology within the context of normal development. You will also be introduced to some important principles of child psychotherapy and other treatments. This course is designed to help you think in a scholarly way about interesting issues in the field of child psychopathology. Conveying ideas in respectful and constructive ways, while still maintaining a critical perspective, will feature prominently.
Click here for a sample syllabus (Winter 2008).

Seminar in Social Psychology (PS670)

Calendar Description: A discussion of selected current substantive issues in social psychology, including both laboratory and field research and theoretical concerns. Topics such as attitudes, social cognition, the self, group dynamics, aggression, altruism, methodology in social psychology and socialization are included. Students are required to develop a research proposal as a major component of the course.
Click here for a sample syllabus (Fall 2006).

Research Seminar in Social Psychology (PS679/ PS877-8-9)
A group of faculty meet regularly with students to discuss specific topics in the research literature. Typically, presentations of ongoing research are arranged, involving both students and faculty (from WLU and elsewhere).  Click here for a sample syllabus (Fall 2009).

Advanced Multivariate Models (PS800)
Calendar Description: The main topic for this course is structural equation modeling (SEM), an extremely flexible data analytic technique that incorporates most other multivariate models as special cases. The course will address the two main components of SEM: causal modeling (or path analysis), and measurement models.  Click here for a sample syllabus (Fall 2009).