Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

LA 108-44 Psychology

Winter 22 Semester

Professor Kaneez Naseem

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Course Description

This course examines certain types of abnormal behavior and teaches students to classify the development, maintenance, and effects of the behavior. The major areas covered include anxiety and stress, dissociative and somatoform disorders, personality and impulse control disorders, psychoactive substance use disorders, sexual disorders, schizophrenia, and suicide.


Instructor’s Contact Information:

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Phone: (646)374-8005 (Leave a clear message with name, phone, and contact number)


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Course Information:

Office Location: Online

Office Hours: Sundays – 12:15PM to 1:15pm. (EST time zone). Hours/days will vary at times which will be announced in advanced.





LA 101.


Learning Objectives

• Students will identify models for defining and determining the possible causes of abnormal behavior through class discussions.


• Students will examine the methods for classification and assessment of abnormal behaviors through quizzes.


• Students will differentiate disorders of anxiety and stress through research papers.


• Students will investigate information relating to personality, conduct, substance abuse, and sexual disorders through research papers.


• Students will develop a better understanding of mood disorders, forms of depression, schizophrenia, and their relationship to suicide through written assignments and research projects.


• Students will examine the types of organic brain disorders, mental retardation, and disorders peculiar to childhood and adolescence through research papers.



Course Materials

Kearney. C & Trull. T, Abnormal Psychology and Life: A Dimensional Approach, 3rd edition.

Cengage, 2018 -ISBN: 9781337273572( Mind Tap)





I Study of abnormal behavior – definitions, criteria, incidence, historical perspectives, and possible causes.


II Models of Abnormal Psychology – biogenic, psychoanalytic, humanistic, behavioral, family systems, and the classification of disorders.


III Methods of Assessment – observation, interviews, testing, experiments, placebos, correlations, field and single subject studies.


IV Anxiety and Stress – panic disorders, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behavior, posttraumatic stress disorder, dissociative, somatoform, and psychological factors in physical disorders


V Disorders Involving Conduct – personality, impulse control, alcohol use, drug and substance use, gender identity, paraphilias, sexual deviations, and sexual dysfunctional disorders.


VI Mood and Thought Disorders – depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and suicide.


VII Organic and Developmental Disorders – organic brain disorders, mental retardation, disorders of childhood and adolescence: autism, disruptive behaviors, ADHD, tic disorders, eating disorders, separation anxiety disorder, substance abuse, and childhood depression


VIII Therapies – individual and group: biology-based, insight-oriented, and psychotherapy, family and marital therapies, prevention programs and community psychology.


IX Legal and Ethical Issues – institutional, civil and criminal; therapist-client relationship.




Monroe College Attendance Policy for Undergraduate Lecture Classes


Central to the mission of Monroe College is the provision of career-focused higher education that prepares a diverse student body for positions in a wide range of professional work settings. Our educational approach is personal and hands-on. Interaction among students and faculty in our classrooms supports the development of knowledge and skills for academic success and professional development. Therefore, consistent attendance, punctuality, and active participation are highly valued. The practices and guidelines outlined in this policy intend to support those values. Faculty and students are always welcome to discuss the implementation of this policy in specific instances with Dr. Karenann Carty, Vice President of Academic Affairs, at (646) 393-8772.

Documented Absences

The College understands that situations arise that may interfere with attendance and are beyond the control of the student. These include, but are not limited to, medical emergencies for the student or members of their family, an important legal obligation, military deployment, job-related obligations, or the unfortunate passing of a loved one. In such cases, a student may provide timely documentation for the related absence to the Office of Academic Affairs, which will review the circumstances and record the absence as “documented” when warranted (denoted on the student’s attendance record with a “D”). The student will be permitted and encouraged to make up any missed exams or assignments.

Sanctioned Absences

Occasionally, a student may miss a class because he or she is representing the College or their School at a conference, an academic or athletic competition, or a co-curricular event. These valuable experiences enhance student learning and achievement. In such cases, the Office of Academic Affairs records the absence as “sanctioned” (denoted on the student’s attendance record with an “S”). The student will be permitted and encouraged to make up any missed exams or assignments.

Absence Guidelines

For undergraduate lecture classes, the College has set the following guidelines for absences that are neither sanctioned nor documented:


• Online/Module classes: two absences

• Classes that meet once per week: two absences

• Classes that meet two or more times per week: four absences


Online Specific Policies

Online Attendance Policy

Students will be considered present if he/she meets any of the following:

• Submission of an assignment, exam or project

• Participation in the Discussion Forum

• Participation in a Live Chat / Office Hour via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra


The Discussion Forum

An asynchronous (non-live) threaded discussion board where the instructor and the students are able to discuss specific course topics to allow interaction, exchange of opinions, and sharing of knowledge. The instructor will post a topic of discussion on the Discussion Forum regarding a specific course topic and students are to post their responses. The students can respond to the instructor and to their classmates. Students can also ask questions in relation to the topic being discussed. Postings not related to the discussion at hand are not permitted in the Discussion Forum and will be deleted. Students are also required to observe Net etiquette and not use inappropriate language.


Note Initial Posting must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesdays and responses must be posted by 5pm on Sunday .


Online Chats and Office Hours via Blackboard Collaborate

The Online Chat is a synchronous (live) discussion and will be scheduled by the professor. The discussion works basically the same way discussions are done in a class except that this is online. All chat sessions will utilize Blackboard Collaborate and will be recorded.

Assignment Submissions

All assignments must be submitted through the Weekly Drop Boxes. Assignments submitted after the posted due date may be penalized up to 10 points each day the assignment is late .

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