PSYC 4500-9: Romantic Relationships - Instructor
This is an introductory course on the formation, maintenance, repair, and dissolution of romantic relationships in late adolescence and adulthood. The course begins with consideration of fundamental aspects of relationships necessary to promote and sustain satisfaction for partners as relationships transition from casual dating to more stable forms such as cohabitation or marriage. Next, we examine the impact of stressors such as conflict, violence, and infidelity on both the quality and stability of short- and long-term relationships. Finally, the course concludes by providing an overview of techniques that psychologists use to help couples successfully overcome difficulties and rediscover satisfaction in their relationships, or to cope with the loss of a relationship considered beyond repair. Because romantic relationships are inherently nested within societal influences, and often nested within families, we also consider special topics such as interracial relationships, gay and lesbian relationships, and the impact of relationship qualities on children.
PSYC 3005: Research Methods and Data Analysis I - Lab Instructor
Introduction to research methods in psychology, integrating statistical analysis. Emphasis on descriptive statistics and non-experimental research methods. Use of computers for data analysis, experimentation, and report writing.
PSYC 3006 Research Methods and Data Analysis II - Lab Instructor
Second part of a two-part series required for psychology majors. Emphasis on inferential statistics (t-tests and ANOVA) and issues in experimentation.
PSYC 3490: Infant Development - Teaching Assistant
Broad survey course of psychological research on infant development.
PSYC 3480: Adolescence: Theory and Development - Teaching Assistant
Course focus: 1) Background and theories of adolescence, 2) contributions to adolescence from: puberty, intellectual growth, and identify formation, 3) contexts of adolescence: the family situation, peer groups, school, and culture, 4) special topics of adolescence; religious, moral, and sexual development, sex roles, career planning (and achievement), disorders (drugs, delinquency, depression, suicide, etc.)
Prior to coming to UVa, I also instructed a course I co-designed with Caroline Oppenheimer called Introduction to Intimate Relationships at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Materials for that course can be found here.