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  • Current Courses

    • Courses in the Department of Psychology pair historical theory with modern research, offering students the opportunity to understand how people think, how people live, and how people make sense of the world. Our courses cover the most important-and most misunderstood-issues of our time.

      Please consult the New School Course Catalog for a full list of courses. Spring 2021 courses include: 

      • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, GPSY 5110
        William Hirst, Malcolm B. Smith Professor of Psychology (CSD)

        This course surveys the progress made in understanding the human mind from the perspective of cognitive science. The areas of memory, attention, and thinking are examined.

      • Social Psychology, GPSY 5120
        Jeremy Ginges, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Psychology (CSD)

        This course provides students with a broad overview of social psychological research. Central to the course is the idea that human beings are not isolated entities who process information like computers, but social animals engaged in a complicated network of social relations, both real and imagined. Constrained by our cognitive capacities and guided by many different motives and fundamental needs, we attempt to make sense of the social world in which we live and of ourselves in relation to it. We see how this influences perceptions of the self, perceptions of other individuals and groups, beliefs and attitudes, group processes, and intergroup relations. Readings emphasize how various theories of human behavior are translated into focused research questions and rigorously tested via laboratory experiments and field studies.

      • Language and Thought, GPSY 6107
        Michael Schober, Professor of Psychology (CSD)

        This course surveys research on psycholinguistics, cognition, and the relation between language and thought. Topics include the psychological reality of grammars proposed by linguists; individual and dyadic processes in language planning, production perception, and comprehension; meaning, categorization, and knowledge representation; universals in language and thought.

      • Advanced Issues in Substance Abuse Counseling, GPSY 6112
        Lisa Litt, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Assistant Director of the MA Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling

        This course is a continuation of GPSY 6109. In this course, there is a greater emphasis on hands-on training and the application of the concepts and techniques introduced in the introductory course. Emphasis is placed on the management of the recovery process. This is a required course for those individuals who wish to obtain an MA degree with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse counseling. This course provides 75 clock hours of New York OASAS approved CASAC training.

      • Advanced Statistics, GPSY 6134
        Hammad Sheikh, Postdoctoral Fellow 

        This course provides a survey of common advanced statistical procedures from a psychological perspective. The course’s goal is to prepare students for producing publication-quality APA-style manuscripts. Accordingly, the course will involve the frequent analysis of data sets using popular statistics software, and the effective written communication of findings. Specific inferential statistical procedures include factorial and repeated ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, factor analysis, multiple regression, logistic regression, and discriminant function analysis.

      • Psychopathology III: Biosocial and Cognitive Theories of Addiction, GPSY 6156
        McWelling Todman, Professor of Clinical Practice

        This course is an introductory survey of the psychological, biological, and sociological models of substance abuse and dependence. It is a required course for those individuals who wish to obtain an MA with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse counseling. This course provides 75 clock hours of NYSOASAS-approved CASAC training.

      • Research Methods, GPSY 6238
        Adam Brown, Associate Professor of Psychology (Clinical)

        This course provides hands-on experience in designing, running, and reporting psychology experiments. Class time is devoted to discussion on individual research projects at each phase of the work.

      • Assessment of Individual Differences, GPSY 6255

      • Global Mental Health, GPSY 6436
        Adam Brown, Associate Professor of Psychology (Clinical)

        Mental health issues are among the leading causes of disability world-wide and according to the World Health Organization depression will emerge as the leading cause of disability-adjusted life years by 2030. Despite growing recognition and documentation of the burdens mental health issues and comorbid disorders place on individuals, caregivers, and communities, there remain large global disparities in access to resources and delivery of effective mental health care. This course will survey the evolution of and current approaches to mental healthcare across a wide range of contexts with a particular focus on low and middle income countries. Readings will draw from studies and policy reports examining mental health programs, barriers to implementation, and the ways in which socioeconomic, social and contextual factors, disproportionately affect low-resource settings.

      • Advanced Topics in Visual Cognition, GPSY 6441
        Ben van Buren, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Clinical)

        This seminar will serve two functions. First, it will provide a venue for graduate students to discuss groundbreaking research on visual perception and cognition, including articles that seminar participants propose based on their own research interests. Second, it will teach students everything they need to program experiments in Python using the PsychoPy libraries. We will begin with some simple exercises in which we generate visual illusions of color, motion, depth, shape, duration, causation, and animacy/intentionality. In the last few weeks of the course, students will focus on programming and running experiments that they themselves have designed, on topics of their choosing in this research area.

      • Humanization and Dehumanization, GPSY 6444
        Katrina Fincher, Assistant Professor of Psychology (CSD)

        In this course, we will discuss the psychological processes surrounding humanization and dehumanization. Some additional topics covered might include prejudice, stereotyping and stigmatization. We may discuss topics such as racism and sexism, but also genocide and murder.

      • The Psychology of Gender, Sexuality and Relationships, GPSY 6449
        Pantea Farvid, Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology

        In this advanced psychology course, we will examine seminal as well as cutting-edge theory, research and controversies related to the psychology of gender, sexuality and intimate relationships. We draw on a range of approaches to understand the intersecting categories of sex, gender, identity, sexuality and individual/collective psychologies. Using popular culture, empirical and clinical examples, we also take into consideration intersectionality of race/ethnicity, class, disability, geographic location and immigration status. As we explore key themes and topics within critical and feminist psychological research in this field, we also focus on how this knowledge has, and continues to, encompass an ‘applied psychology’, one with a social change orientation focused on social justice within and outside the discipline. Topics include theories of gender and sexuality, asexuality, bisexuality, BDSM, gay men, lesbian psychology, heterosexuality, intersex, gender diversity, mobile dating, casual sex, sexual violence, the sex industry, monogamy, open-relationships, relationship anarchy. Applications of this knowledge to clinical practice is also addressed throughout the course.

      • Racism and Mental Health, GPSY 6450
        Lillian Polanco-Roman, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Clinical)

        This course will provide a historical, theoretical, and empirical context through which to understand the effects of racism on mental health in racial and ethnic minoritized populations. It will explore antiracist approaches to mental health care. Topics include: mental health disparities by race and ethnicity, the various forms of racism (i.e., institutional, interpersonal, internalized), racial trauma, intergenerational trauma, race-based stress, racial healing, racial bias and prejudice, racial and ethnic identity development and socialization. This seminar is an experiential course where students will reflect on their personal experiences and biases and connect course content to current events.

      • Diagnostic Testing 2, GPSY 7003
        Ali Khadivi, Part-time Faculty, and Andrew Evdokas, Part-time Assistant Professor

        In the second term of the assessment sequence, students learn to administer, score and interpret the Rorschach Inkblot Test. After the Rorschach has been introduced, our emphasis shifts to the integration of data from the entire test battery into a thorough diagnostic assessment. Students practice test administration and interpretation with inpatient and outpatient subjects referred by clinical agencies affiliated with our program. By year's end, students should be able to administer and interpret a full test battery and to express diagnostic conclusions in a clear, useful written report.

      • Evidence Based Treatment, GPSY 7013
        Zeynep Catay Caliskan, Clinical Assistant Professor

        Few issues have polarized the field of psychotherapy research and practice as 'evidence-based practice.' Evidence-based practice is both an approach for evaluating 'what works' in psychotherapy, as well as an epistemological movement rife with controversy. In this course, we examine the fundamental issues and debates associated with the emergence of evidence-based practice in mental health care. Students explore the benefits and constraints of evidence-based approaches in psychotherapy, including critical questions such as: Which treatments are evidence-based? What qualifies as evidence? Who benefits and who is neglected within evidence based research and practice? Students gain familiarity with evidence-based approaches and confidence navigating this complex terrain in their own clinical work.

      • Clinical Theory and Technique: CBT, GPSY 7019
        Frank Castro

        This course presents the major theories, research foundations, and applications of cognitive behavioral therapy. Topics to be addressed include history and advances in behavioral and cognitive theory, contemporary CBT approaches including acceptance- and mindfulness-based therapies, sociocultural considerations, and techniques including cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, and exposure. Students also will practice developing CBT case formulations and gain hands-on experience with CBT techniques through experiential activities and assignments.
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