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Child and Adolescent Psychopathology


Summer Inst. term
Mental Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Heather Volk
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Childhood mental illness is a significant and prevalent mental health problem, and it can lead to impairment at home, with peers, and at school. Understanding the etiology, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood mental illness is necessary to both reduce the burden in childhood and improve future outcomes.

Emphasizes multiple facets of child and adolescent psychopathology, including the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the most common mental health disorders that present in childhood. Examines mental illness in childhood is a public health priority, given the importance of early intervention to improve functioning and long-term outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize, name and describe the symptoms, presentation, and epidemiology of the most common mental health disorders of childhood and adolescence
  2. Identify the etiology and risk-factors for the development of pediatric mental illness
  3. Identify the most common treatments, services, and intervention approaches specific to pediatric mental illness across both clinical and school-based settings
  4. Discuss and identify the screening, measurement, and diagnosis of pediatric mental illness, including gold standard assessments (e.g. KSADS, ADOS, CAPA/PAPA)
  5. Identify differences between pediatric and adult mental illness in its measurement, presentation, prevention, and treatment
  6. Critically evaluate peer-reviewed research in pediatric mental health
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Presentation(s)
  • 40% Final Paper
  • 10% LiveTalks
  • 20% Discussion Board

Instructor Consent:

No consent required