About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR IN MENTAL DISORDERS (330.623.01), a course offered by the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Examines mental disorders to illustrate neurobiological systems involved in abnormalities of thinking, feeling, and acting. Increases understanding of behavioral disorders, their assessment, neuroanatomical underpinnings, and systemic influences. Themes include mind-brain connections (e.g. stress response, inflammation), and the dynamic balance between brain vulnerability (e.g. Down’s Syndrome) and brain plasticity (e.g. recovery from stroke). Reviews some of the most pervasive disorders, discussion (1) clinical and case studies, (2) definitions and diagnostic methods, and (3) epidemiologic evidence regarding etiology.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • describe standard methods and terminology associated with neuropsychological assessment, along with developing experimental-clinical paradigms
  • discuss the fundamental principles of studying brain-behavior relationships across a variety of settings
  • think critically about the putative modularity of brain regions and systems

Course Time

Mon Wed   3:30 PM to 4:50 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

Those with interest in understanding the neurobehavioral correlates of mental disorders.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation will be based on class participation, critical appraisal of weekly readings, and a final examination.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Michelle C. Carlson, Ph.D.
E-mail: mcarlson@jhsph.edu