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Undergraduate courses:

PSYC 111:  Introductory Psychology, large undergraduate lecture (4 credits)
This course introduces students to the field of psychology. Initial topics covered are the history of psychology and research methods used in the field. A section that delves into the role of evolution in psychology follows. The course then covers each of the major research areas in modern psychology. The physiological, cognitive, developmental, social and clinical perspectives are reviewed in order. The course is valuable not only to those interested in majoring in psychology, but also to those seeking a basic understanding of the field.

PSYC 473:  Psychobiology of Stress, undergraduate seminar (4 credits)
People encounter stressful situations almost every day of their lives, yet not every stressful event produces deleterious health consequences. This may be a reflection of the individual’s early life experiences, their appraisal of the situation, or the successful use of coping mechanisms. In any of these cases, it is the orchestration of the biological stress response by the brain, and any physiological adaptations that might ensue, that will determine the ultimate health outcome for the individual. This course will focus on how the body responds and adapts to stressful situations.  The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive picture of physiological responses to stress against a historical backdrop.  In addition,  the relationship between stress and major psychiatric syndromes will be a primary area of emphasis.     


Graduate courses:

PSYC 574:  Neuropharmacology, graduate core curriculum (4 credits)
The goal of this course is to provide a theoretical framework for understanding the physiological action of therapeutic drugs, with specific emphasis on agents used in the psychiatric discipline.  To do this, classical issues of absorption, distribution, metabolism, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug receptor theory will be covered in detail.  Once these fundamental issues have been covered, we will turn our emphasis towards classes of therapeutics that are used for the treatment of neurological and neuropsychiatric ailments.  Finally, strong emphasis will be placed on historical drug treatments of psychiatric illness with an eye towards the more current state of affairs in psychotherapeutics.  Generally speaking, the course will be comprised of 4 modules or themes that will center around the following issues:

Theme I: General principles of neuropharmacology
Theme II:  Systems level pharmacodynamics
Theme III: Pragmatic pharmacology:  anesthesia, pain management & drug abuse/dependence
Theme IV: Pharmacology of psychiatric disease


PSYC 575:  Neuroimmunology, graduate proseminar (2 credits)
This module of the behavioral neuroscience curriculum will focus on emerging issues in neuroimmunology.  A variety of topics will be covered,  including basic mechanisms of immune-to-brain communication;  production of inflammatory-related molecules in the central nervous system following traumatic insult and psychological stress;  the elicitation of sickness-related behaviors and their putative adaptive value;  neuron-glial interactions in the mediation of infectious processes and neurotrauma;  and implications of neural-immune interactions for psychiatric illness,  cognitive decline,  and autoimmune disease.

PSYC 575:  Neurobiology of Stress, graduate proseminar (2 credits)
This course is a module of the Behavioral Neuroscience graduate curriculum focusing on centrally-mediated stress responsive systems.  A variety of topics will be covered, including (but not limited to):  historical issues in studying stress, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, sympathetic nervous system, pain, behavioral outcomes of stressor exposure, and learned helplessness.  These findings will be extended to the development of stress-related disorders; all readings will be rooted in the primary literature (no textbook).

Last Updated: 11/5/13