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PSYC 072Q. Traumatic Stress
Effects of traumatic events; interventions to alleviate their psychosocial impact. Events include natural disasters, illness, interpersonal violence, war, the Holocaust, and terrorism. Resilience factors that protect individuals from adverse effects. Oral and multimedia presentation. WRITE-2
3 units, Spr (C. Koopman)

PSYC 076Q. Temperament and Creativity in Mood Disorders
Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. Western cultural notions of mad geniuses and artistic temperaments. How many individuals who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, and related problems are nonetheless productively creative. Current psychological and neurobiological research, and assessment of mood, temperament, and creativity. Emphasis is on written and oral communications and multimedia presentations. WRITE-2
4 units, Win (T. Ketter)

PSYC 078Q. Mental Health in Collegiate Athletes
Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. Developmental, psychological, social, and performance issues in collegiate sports. Topics include transition to Stanford, time management, optimizing mental fitness, coping with injuries.
3 units, Win (H. Steiner, K. Denny)

PSYC 081Q. Fate of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Sub Saharan Africa: The HIV/AIDS Pandemic
Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. The complicated forces,shaped by geopolitcal history and current events, that frame all social programs, the care of orphans in the context of the AIDS pandemic in particular; history of the care of orphans; developmental effects of deprivation of care and nurturing. Guest speakers.
2 units, Win (H. Solvason, D. Reicherter)

PSYC 111Q. Madness and the Womb: Medical and Artistic Approaches to Mental Illness in Women through the Ages
Historical and current concepts of mental illness in women. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMS), postpartum depression, menopausal mood disorders, and eating disorders. Historical biopsychosocial approach. Readings include women's diaries and advice books, physicians' casebooks, and 19th- and 20th-century medical texts. Guest speakers from art and literature departments. Literary and artistic images, and the social and cultural contexts of these disorders during the last 300 years.
3 units, Aut (K. Williams) Not offered 2009-10.

PSYC 135/235. Sleep and Dreams
Current research on how sleep affects our daily lives. Physiology of non-REM and REM sleep, dreams and dreaming, content, psychophysiological cause, lucid dreaming, sleep need, sleep debt, daytime alterness, and performance; biological clock and circadian rhythms; sleep disorders, insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, sleepwalking, jet lag, sleeping pills, sleep and mental illness, sleep and memory, and the impact of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders on academic and social life. Multimedia presentations, guest lectures and in-depth projects.
3 units, Win, Spr (W. Dement)

PSYC 136A/236A. Valuescience: Shedding Illusion to Live Better
Applying scientific methods and principles to discern and realize value. Readings in history, philosophy, ecology, economics, sociology, linguistics and psychology pertinent to scientific and cultural revolutions attending the emergence of valuescience as foundation for an increasing range of human action. Perceptual, cognitive, and cultural impediments to valuescience; strategies for overcoming these; personal and social benefits of doing so. 4 units includes 5 practices weekly, ranging from meditation to aerobic exercise.
3 to 4 units, Aut (W. Dement, C. Mah)

PSYC 136B/236B. Valuescience: Shedding Illusion to Live Better
Continuation of 136A/236A. Applying scientific methods and principles to discern and realize value. Readings in history, philosophy, ecology, economics, sociology, linguistics and psychology pertinent to scientific and cultural revolutions attending the emergence of valuescience as foundation for an increasing range of human action. Perceptual, cognitive, and cultural impediments to valuescience; strategies for overcoming these; personal and social benefits of doing so. 4 units includes 5 practices weekly, ranging from meditation to aerobic exercise.
3 to 4 units, Spr (W. Dement, C. Mah)

PSYC 139/239. Changing Relationships: A Couples and Family Therapy Perspective
Basic concepts underlying family-systems theory and practice, drawing on concepts from psychology, psychiatry, biology, anthropology, and sociology. Major theoretical premises of the family-systems approach to the assessment of intimate relationships, including family structure, development, history, intimacy and sexuality, culture, and larger systems. Tools required for assessing and changing relationships are examined and videotaped case examples are used to develop case formulations and illustrate systemic intervention strategies of major contributors to the field. Finally, applications of the family-systems approach in educational, medical, business, and community settings are considered.
3 units, Spr (D. Rait)

PSYC 199. Undergraduate Research
Students undertake investigations sponsored by individual faculty members. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
1 to 18 units, any quarter (Search for instructor in Axess)

PSYC 211. Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Common syndromes in child psychiatry. Topics include diagnosis, epidemiology, etiology, course, outcome and therapeutic interventions. Prerequisite: familiarity with the basics of psychiatric and psychological discourse; psychiatry clerkship or course in psychology.
1 unit, Aut (K. Hinman)

PSYC 212. Issues in Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine
Open to MD and graduate students; qualified undergraduates by consent of instructor. Diagnosis and management of emotional disorders and difficulties in physically ill children and adolescents. Topics include psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic approaches to psychiatric disorders encountered in the medical health care setting. Oral and multimedia presentations. Prerequisite: familiarity with basic principles of psychopathology.
1 unit, Sum (M. Brown, R. Shaw)

PSYC 220D. Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Introduction to the substances of abuse and the psychological and pharmacological treatment strategies to address addiction. Relationship to character structure, psychological defenses, and PTSD are described. Students visit a residential treatment program at a local VA hospital and sit in therapy groups, as well as attend a 12-step meeting in the community.
1 unit, any quarter (R. Bale)

PSYC 225. Stanford Klingenstein Fellowship Program
A mentoring program designed to expose first and second year medical students to the rewarding field of child and adolescent psychiatry, and to increase awareness and education about child and adolescent mental health issues. Offers a year-long program wherein medical students are paired with child and adolescent psychiatrists, meeting bimonthly for clinical experiences and mentoring. Also provides opportunities for the students to get involved in cutting-edge scientific research, networking opportunities, and opportunities to attend professional conferences.
1 unit, Any quarter (S. Joshi)

PSYC 233. Mindfulness: An Awareness-Based Stress Reduction Program in Medicine
An experiential program in which the participants learn the techniques of mindfulness meditation. Modeled after the program started by Jon Kabat-Zinn and featured on Bill Moyers' Healing and the Mind, there are approximately 400 hospitals around the world that provide mindfulness-based programs. Courses are designed to work with the mind/body relationship to stress and chronic illness. Participants are involved in a class with patients and observe the impact of the program on a variety of medical conditions. Requires daily practice of mindfulness meditation, a weekly class meeting and home reading, and a final paper covering the student's observations.
3 units, any quarter (D. Spiegel, M. Abramson)

PSYC 247. Principles and Practices in Care of the Dying
Detailed, systematic survey of a generalized terminal illness and elaboration of the basic principles underlying approaches to the care of the dying. Particular attention is paid to problem areas involving medical ethics and multi-culture. Practical strategies for managing the special medical and emotional problems that arise in the care of the dying patient. There may be guest speakers and patient interviews. No final examination. (Minimum: 4 students)
1 unit, Aut (J. O'Riordan)

PSYC 250. Methodology of Research in Behavioral Sciences
Statistical and methodological issues in three major psychiatric research themes: clinical psychiatric research (Aut), neuroimaging research (Win) and genetic studies (Spr). Autumn series includes: basics of inferential statistics, group comparison, analysis of variance, regression analysis, multivariate analysis, and longitudinal analysis in the context of psychiatric and behavioral research. Also included are conceptual topics such as risk factors, mediation, moderation, and causal inference. Winter series includes: functional and structural neuroimaging research methods (e.g. functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), structural MRI (sMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), electroencephalogram (EEG)). Basic principles, statistical analysis methods, advantages and limitations, and applications are discussed. Spring series covers statistical methods and issues encountered in genetic studies of human disease. Underlying genetic concepts (genotypes, phenotypes, Hardy-Weinberg and linkage equilibrium and other assorted jargon) are introduced and several study designs described, including twin, familial aggregation, genetic association and genetic linkage studies; candidate gene vs. whole genome approaches; and gene expression microarray analyses. Prerequisite: Some exposure to statistical methods, either from course work or from participation in research having some behavioral aspects, or consent of instructor.
1 to 3 units, Aut (B. Jo), Spr (F. Hoeft)

PSYC 290. Teaching in Psychiatry
Practical experience in teaching by serving as a teaching assistant in a psychiatry course. Unit values are allotted individually to reflect the level of teaching responsibility assigned to the student.
1 to 10 units, any quarter (Search for instructor in Axess)

PSYC 299. Directed Reading in Psychiatry
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
1 to 18 units, any quarter (Search for instructor in Axess)

PSYC 370. Medical Scholars Research
Provides an opportunity for student and faculty interaction, as well as academic credit and financial support, to medical students who undertake original research. Enrollment is limited to students with approved projects.
4 to 18 units, any quarter (Search for instructor in Axess)

PSYC 399. Graduate Research
Students undertake investigations sponsored by individual faculty members. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
1 to 18 units, any quarter (Search for instructor in Axess)



 

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