PY 719: AdvSem-Health Psychology

Synonym:

81174 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Victor Pantesco

Credits:

3

Seats:

12

Semester:

Spring 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Mondays 1/23 - 5/7 (4:30PM-6:59PM)

Description:

Competency Area: Intervention
Restricted to Year II, Year III & Year IV students.
Restricted to Year IV students from December 8 - 15; open to Year II and Year III students on December 16.

This course provides an overview of the emerging field of clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine. There will be a focus on the delivery of clinical services in an interdisciplinary healthcare setting, with an emphasis on the role of the psychologist as consultant to a variety of medical subspecialties. Topics to be reviewed include the psychophysiology of stress, the stress-illness connection, psychoneuroimmunology, the psychology of pain, treatment adherence, and psychosocial variables in chronic health conditions. In addition, the factors mediating the health-illness continuum will be examined, with particular emphasis on the psychology of wellness. Students are introduced to various tools of the trade, including biofeedback, relaxation training, meditation, clinical hypnosis, and psychophysiological psychotherapy.