Courses I Teach
Psyc 239: Understanding Bias & Inclusivity
This course introduces students to the concept of how privilege, power, and oppression shape ourselves, perceptions of others, and our social world. The course will consist of readings, videos, experiential activities, focused discussions, individual reflection, creative projects, short quizzes, and writing assignments. We will consider how we may maximize the capacity for understanding how ourselves and others are shaped by and operate within the larger social system. Students will be exposed to the basic terms and concepts related to course topics. Students will explore their own cultural identities, values, and biases in a number of areas including: race/ethnicity, social class, gender and sexual identity, political affiliation, and immigration status. We emphasize the concept of intersectionality (multiple dimensions of human identity) throughout the course. Students will engage in self-reflection to increase self-awareness.
Psyc 510 Ethics and Professional Practice
This course is a seminar designed to acquaint students with the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethical Conduct, the Illinois Psychological Association’s Code of Ethical Conduct, and the Illinois State Legal Code pertaining to practice and research in Psychology. A variety of ethical and legal issues will be covered in the areas of teaching, research, clinical practice, and supervision.
Psyc 518: Health Psychology
This course examines how biological, psychological, and social factors interact with and affect: (1) the efforts for promoting good health and preventing illness; (2) the treatment people receive for medical problems; (3) how effectively people cope with and reduce stress and pain, and; (4) the recovery, rehabilitation, and psychosocial adjustment of patients with serious health problems (Society for Health Psychology, 2021).
Psyc 464: Practicum in Psychotherapy
This two-semester practicum course provides applied experience conducting psychotherapy at Loyola University Chicago's Wellness Center. Practicum students will be able to develop a treatment plan, articulate treatment goals, develop a working therapeutic alliance, and execute elementary psychotherapeutic techniques.
Psyc 560: Human Diversity
This course serves to provide a foundation in human diversity as it relates to the practice of clinical psychology. The course will examine theoretical perspectives and research findings related to human diversity. Students will engage in a combination of scholarly and experiential activities to gain knowledge, stimulate thought, and allow for self-examination. The ultimate purpose of this course is to challenge students to think critically about the influence of human diversity on their psychological practice, research, and teaching.