I currently teach the following courses:
Psychology 212 – Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
This course introduces students to scientific methodology as it applies to psychological research, to prepare them for more advanced classes in psychology, as well as individual studies, internship research, and honors thesis research. A second objective is to teach students how scientific thinking can be applied to everyday situations. This will help students to think critically about and evaluate behavioral claims presented in the media, such as "watching TV causes aggressive behavior," "cell phone usage increases the frequency of car accidents," "dieting and exercise will help you live longer," etc. Topics covered include philosophy of science and the scientific method, the development of research ideas and creation of testable hypotheses, measurement issues, descriptive research, correlational research, experimental research, experimental design and data analysis, quasi-experimental designs, single case studies, and ethical issues. Discussions draw primarily from psychological, medical, and social scientific examples.
Psychology 413 – Design & Analysis of Experiments in Psychology
This course provides a background in designing and analyzing psychological experiments. It also provides the background required to understand the methods and results from original research literature in any area of psychology in which experiments are conducted (e.g., Cognition, Development, Neuroscience, Perception, Social). Topics covered include sampling distributions and hypothesis testing; analysis of variance in between-subjects, within-subjects, mixed designs, and nested designs; trend analysis; planned and post hoc comparisons among means; fixed and random effects factors; and efficiency and power of various experimental designs. The laboratory component enables students to learn to use Excel spreadsheets and statistical software. The class is good preparation for conducting research in a variety of settings, including independent studies, internships, and honors theses. It is also good preparation for graduate studies in psychology.