Fall 2024

Risk and Resilience

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-323


Carrie Palmquist (Section 01)


This course will explore the roles of risk and resilience in early development. Using existing empirical research, we will examine: 1) how risks are manifested prenatally, in infancy, and in childhood, 2) how to support resilience in childhood, and 3) how to develop interventions to address risks and promote resilience. Over the course of the semester, students will complete four independent projects exploring teratogens, contaminated food, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and intervention development. Through reading, discussion, short writing assignments, and more in-depth independent projects, this course aims to help students understand risk and resilience in childhood, and learn how empirical research can be used to develop and evaluate potential interventions.

Fall semester: Professor Palmquist

How to handle overenrollment: If the course is overenrolled, senior psychology majors will be given priority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, in-class participation, and group work.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2024