330.661.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Catherine Bradshaw
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Course Description
    Examines the major social, psychological, and developmental theories of mental and behavioral disorders. Covers biopsychosocial frameworks such as the diathesis stress model, ecological theory, and life course development. Psychological models include behavioral, cognitive, personality, and psychodynamic theories. Covers social processes covered such as social stratification, social integration, social diffusion, social stress, social learning, social cognitive, and attachment. Applies these theories to major mental and behavioral disorders of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, including depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, and personality disorders. Explores multidisciplinary areas, and includes guest lectures by other mental health faculty. Lectures highlight main issues from readings, provide additional information on theories, and apply reading and lecture materials to specific mental and behavioral disorders.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Based on class participation, oral presentation, a research paper and a final exam. For doctoral students in DMH, a research paper and oral presentation is required for the additional unit (1.0) of course credit.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Grading Policy (see descriptions below)

    10%: Attendance and Class Participation
    40%: 2 Critical Reading Reflections (Optional: Complete a 3rd to replace lowest grade)
    50%: Final Exam



    Requirements for 3.0 units of course credit:

    1) Attendance and Class Participation (10%)

    The design of this course makes class participation important. Students are asked to actively engage in critically analyzing material (e.g., ask/answer questions, generate discussion, read assignments before class). Promptness and class attendance also are expected. Class participation and attendance comprise 10% of your final grade.

    2) Critical Reading Reflections (40%)

    To promote critical review of assigned readings before coming to class, students will prepare 2 typed critiques (at least 800 words each ≈ 3 double spaced pages), each based on one of the assigned research articles (excluding book chapters) from the syllabus. Each critique is required to include: 1) A 4-5 sentence summary of the article followed by a critique of the theoretical aspects of the paper; 2) References/links to other course readings and information presented in class (citations to material/articles covered in other courses is also encouraged); 3) A discussion of the relevance of the theories and/or findings to mental health research, policy, and/or practice. The appropriate in-text citations should be provided. Students may choose the specific assigned article to critique. A total of 2 critical reading reflections are due over the quarter. A hard copy of the reading reflection should be submitted to the instructor at the beginning of class based on that day’s assigned reading. No late critical reflections will be accepted. Each critical reflection will be graded and is worth 20%, for a total of 40% of your final grade. Students interested in replacing (i.e., dropping) one of their reading reflections may prepare a third reflection. The two reflections with the highest scores will be counted toward the grade.

    3) Final Take-home Exam (50%)

    A final written examination will be distributed on Monday, March 5, 2012. The exam will be a cumulative written final that covers material from assigned readings, lecture, and class discussion. The format is short-answer and essay. The examination is worth 50% of your final grade. The exam must be typed and submitted to the course instructor via Courseplus drop box no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2012. Late submissions of the exam will result in a 5 point deduction per day.



    Opportunity to Earn Extra credit for Final Exam:

    Attendance & Review of a Research Presentation or Symposium (worth up to 3 points on final exam)

    Students interested in receiving up to 3 points added to their final exam grade should attend and submit a written critique of a research symposium or academic presentation within the Johns Hopkins Institutions during the quarter. The topic must be in some way related to mental health or any other issues discussed in the course. Most departments within the School, including the Department of Mental Health, offer weekly symposia on topics related to mental health. The instructor and TA will announce upcoming presentations/symposia throughout the semester and students are encouraged to do the same. After attending the presentation/symposium, students will prepare a typed (at least 600-word) review of the research presented (up to 1 point) and discussion of relevance to mental health and the theories covered in the course (up to 2 points). The review must include sufficient information about the presentation, including the name of speaker and his/her university/organizational affiliation, the title of the talk, the location, time, and hosting department. The review must be submitted to the instructor, either electronically via email ( or hard copy, within 7 days of the presentation, and no later than March 14, 2012. Late assignments will not be accepted. The presentation review will be graded and is worth up to 3 points added to the final exam grade.     

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:


    1) Textbook: Hankin, B. L., & Abela, J. R., (2005). Development of Psychopathology: A Vulnerability-Stress Perspective. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    2) Course Reading Materials (Available on Courseplus "Class Materials & Resources" Tab)

    Optional Suggested Background Readings:
    1) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1999). Chapter 2: The fundamentals of mental health and mental illness. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (pp. 39-92; 73-80). Rockville, MD: USDHHS. (
    2) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009) 
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Course topics
    Course topics and assigned readings are listed in the Course Supplements under "Additional Sections to the Syllabus."
  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Jeff Duong
    Office: HH 886

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at