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  • PSYCHOLOGY 270    Section: 1


    Winter Quarter 2006

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Enrollment will be limited.

    Course Description:

    This seminar will examine conceptual and methodological issues in the study of cultural diversity in clinical research. Of particular focus will be efforts to deconstruct culture and ethnicity experiences into specific social psychological variables that may exert some influence on psychological functioning and emotional distress. The course will also address methodological issues that challenge the study of cultural influences, and these include the sampling of rare events, the prediction of rare events, measurement equivalence, response bias, validity enhancement, and parallel research strategies.  


    To help students develop an important skill that will "ground" the study of cultural diversity issues into a more practical and useful context, this course will be used as a means for teaching students how to write and prepare a narrative for a grant application. Specifically, students will learn about and prepare a R01-type grant application on a culturally-oriented research project. To better understand the grant review process, seminar members will participate in mock reviews of grant applications. Each student will serve as a primary reviewer of one grant and as a secondary reviewer of another grant. The major course requirement is the preparation of the narrative portion of a R01 grant application that clearly articulates the rationale, study design, and analytic plan for a culturally based study on psychological functioning or distress.


    Course format:

    Units:   4

    Times: Wednesdays, 9-12 in 1313 Social Sciences Building


    Course topics: (See above)


    Grading:   Grades will be based on the following:

    1. Participation in seminar discussions and lead discussion of assigned articles.

    2. Grant review and presentation to present primary review. 

    3. Preparation of narrative for R01 grant application.


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    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    102A Young W   12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Nolan Zane , Ph.D. 268B Young Hall Weds., 2-3 or by appt.