Fall 2023

Clinical Psychology

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-228


Julia D. McQuade (Section 01)


This course will expose students to many of the psychological disorders of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, such as mood, anxiety, schizophrenia spectrum, trauma-related, dissociative, eating, disruptive, and addictive 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. Students will read and critique empirical research articles investigating the presentation, causes, and treatment of psychological disorders and will use clinical case examples to apply course content.

Requisite: PSYC 100 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 40 Amherst college students. Fall and Spring semesters. Professor McQuade.

How to handle overenrollment: By seniority and declared psychology majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This course involves three exams. Typically there will be two empirical articles to read each week. Each week students will also respond to preparation questions on an individual basis. Students will read a memoir and write a 3-5-page paper. At the end of the semester, students will complete a 5-7 page research paper.

PSYC 228 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE E108
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE E108

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
An unquiet mind Vintage Books, 1995 Jamison, K.R. Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in 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, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024