Courses

I am currently a full-time instructor at Loyola University Chicago, where I teach the following courses:

I also have training in teaching online courses and have interests in teaching the following:

Multivariate statistics, Social psychology, Attitudes, Group dynamics, Psychology and law, Industrial/Organizational psychology, Cognitive psychology

PSYC 100: Psychological Perspectives on the Experiences of Globalization

This course approaches globalization from a psychological perspective. It is designed to inform students’ understanding of global issues with modern psychological concepts, research, and theory, and to teach students to see psychological issues at work in the experience of globalization. To this end, it is grounded by a set of videos that provide vivid, first-person accounts of real people whose lives have been dramatically affected by and embody critical issues associated with globalization. This biographical information is then illuminated by material contained in studies and review articles chosen for their application of core psychological concepts, research, and theory to issues of behavior and development connected to the experience of globalization. We will also explore social entrepreneurship as a mechanism for dealing with the various complex issues that globalization presents.

PSYC 280: Judgment & Decision Making

This course presents a state-of-the-art discussion of research on judgment and decision-making. Decisions large and small are part of everyday life. Where should I go for lunch? Should I go to the gym today? Will this course make me happy? Is this a cold or the flu? Should I go to the doctor? Is this job for me? Even when we have the best information, we often don’t make the right decisions. The quality of our decisions depends upon a variety of factors, many of which can be found in philosophy, psychology, and economic research. Philosophy contributes its canon of literature on inductive and deductive reasoning, and its focus on prescriptive questions about the purpose of good reasoning. Psychology offers experimental evidence of human capability in the area of judgment and decision-making, and the outlines the processes that give rise to good decisions. Economics, as the science of policy, describes the structural conditions that promote good decision-making, and tracks the utilities, costs, and benefits both to individuals and societies of those decisions.

The course examines the impact of psychological biases on personal decision and public policies. It also covers issues such as psychological models of deliberative versus reflective processes in decision-making, and research on happiness and well-being. A goal of this course is to improve everyday reasoning and gain an understanding of the sources of our errors in reasoning.

PSYC 304: Statistics

This course emphasizes more of a conceptual understanding of statistics rather than a purely mathematical understanding of statistics; however, notions and formulas for all the procedures discussed will be covered as well. The goal is to gain an understanding of the concepts underpinning statistics, research methods, and data analysis to develop skills to interpret and critique empirical evidence. There will be times when students will need to perform some calculations by hand. These calculations are presented in the service of a deeper understanding of the concept. Ultimately, success in this course will depend on an understanding of when and why specific statistical tools are used. This course will primarily be lecture-driven, though time is also reserved for activities and applications. Examples and sample problems will be heavily emphasized. Additionally, some course time will be spent learning how to use computer programs to conduct statistical analyses.

PSYC 306: Research Methods

  • Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Summer 2019, Summer 2020, Summer 2021, Fall 2021

This course is designed as an introduction to research methods (and to some extent statistics) used in psychological research. While we will spend a lot of time talking about true experiments, we also discuss non-experimental methodologies (including observation, correlational research, surveys, archival research) and quasi-experimental (including person-by-treatment, natural experiments, nature and treatment, and patch-up designs). Other topics include an introduction to the scientific method, the philosophy of science, measurement and error, descriptive statistics, statistical inference, scientific writing, and ethical considerations in research.

PSYC 360: Understanding Prejudice

This course focuses on psychological research and theories that increase our understanding of stereotypes, prejudice, and intergroup relations. This material considers how the person, the situation, and society shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors toward people from various social groups. Most psychological research on these topics focuses on race; however, we also discuss research related to gender, sexual orientation, size, and social class.

Specific topics include the strengths and weaknesses of explanations for the origins of stereotypes and prejudice; prejudice against people in different social groups (e.g., sexual orientation, gender, size, race); variations in racist and sexist beliefs; the effect of stereotypes on how we perceive others and interact socially; how targets of prejudice perceive prejudice, are affected by prejudice, and cope with prejudice; and the psychological processes that may change stereotypes and reduce prejudice.

Posted on:
February 4, 2020
Length:
5 minute read, 861 words
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