Fall 2020

Abnormal Psychology

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-228

Formerly listed as: PSYC-28

Moodle site: Course


Julia D. McQuade (Section 01)


A review of various forms of psychopathology including addictive, adjustment, anxiety, childhood, dissociative, impulse control, mood, organic, personality, psychophysiological, schizophrenic, and sexual disorders. Based on a review of contemporary research findings, lectures and discussion will focus on the most relevant approaches for understanding, diagnosing, and treating psychological disorders. The biopsychosocial model will serve as a basis for explaining the etiology of psychological disorders, and discussion will focus on empirically supported interventions for treating these conditions.

Students will watch pre-recorded lectures, interactive demonstrations of content, and clinical case examples online and will be expected to complete outside reading. Opportunity to apply and critically evaluate material will occur through posted questions, small group break-out activities, and large group discussion; these will be available in both online and in-person formats.

Requisite: PSYC 100 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 Amherst college students. Not open to first-year students. Fall Semester: Professor McQuade.  Spring semester: Professor Kneeland.

If Overenrolled: By seniority and declared psychology majors.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023