January 2021

Psychological Assessment

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-353

Formerly listed as: PSYC-53

Moodle site: Course


Amy P. Demorest (Section 01J)


This course examines methods used by psychologists to understand the  psychology of individual personalities. The primary focus is on three psychological assessment tools: the Early Memories Procedure, the Thematic Apperception Test, and the traditional interview. Students will take these devices themselves, read the theory behind them, examine case studies by prominent psychologists using these devices, and conduct their own interpretations of responses given by college students and by psychotherapy patients. In the process, students should develop a good understanding of the complexity of the clinical thought process.  

Class meetings will be always in synchronous online format and will consist entirely of project-based learning, case applications, and discussions, often in small break-out groups.  Although originally designed in 150-minute meetings to allow in-depth exploration, I will be studying best practices for online seminars and planning the class meeting times accordingly. 

Requisite: PSYC 221, 228, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Winter semester: Professor Demorest.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to Psychology majors by seniority and to those who pre-register.


Attention to Writing, Online Only


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, January 2021, January 2022, Spring 2022