Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 5163
Section Number
PSYC 5163
Fall 2014
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
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PSYC 5163, Psychopathology

Fall, 2014


Paul C. Guthrie, Ph.D.







American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.


Castonguay, L. G. & Oltmanns, T. F. (eds.) (2013). Psychopathology: From science to clinical practice. New York: The Guilford Press.


Course Description:  A survey of the historical views, alternative conceptualizations, and current representations of the major categories of psychopathology, with an applied emphasis on the diagnostic procedures of the DSM-5.


This class will be a hybrid between a lecture and seminar course. I will lead discussions, but students should be prepared to contribute to the discussion of each disorder. For each disorder, students should be prepared to discuss diagnostic features, DSM-5 coding (including specifiers), the history of the disorder, alternative conceptualizations, development and course, comorbidity and differential diagnosis and treatment considerations.


Grades: Your course grade will include three exams, including a comprehensive final, plus a grade for class participation.


            Exams             (30% each)     90%

            Class Participation (10%)      10%


Lecture and Exam Schedule


8/26, 8/28        Introduction to DSM-5


            Readings:         DSM-5: Section I

                                    Castonguay & Oltmanns:  Chapter 1


9/2, 9/4            Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders

                                    Castonguay & Oltmanns:  Chapters 11 & 12                       


9/9, 9/11          Bipolar and Related Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5: Bipolar and Related Disorders

                                    Castonguay & Oltmanns:  Chapter 10


9/16, 9/18        Depressive Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5:  Depressive Disorders

                                    Castonguay & Oltmanns:  Chapter 2



9/23                 Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5: Neurodevelopmental Disorders

                                    DSM-5: Neurocognitive Disorders


9/25:                Exam I


9/30, 10/2:      Anxiety Disorders


            Readings:         DSM-5:  Anxiety Disorders

                                    Castonguay & Oltmanns:  Chapters 3 and 4


10/7, 10/9:      Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

                                    Castonguay & Oltmanns:  Chapter 5


10/14, 10/16:  Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5: Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders

                                    Castonguay & Oltmanns:  Chapter 6


10/21, 10/23:  Dissociative Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5:  Dissociative Disorders

                                    Other readings TBA


10/28, 10/30      Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5: Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

                                    Other readings TBA


11/4                 Exam II


11/6                 Feeding and Eating Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5: Feeding and Eating Disorders

                                    Castonguay & Oltmanns:  Chapter 7



11/11, 11/13    Sexual Dysfunctions, Gender Dysphoria & Paraphilic Disorders

            Note: No class on 11/13


            Readings:        DSM-5: Sexual Dysfunctions, Gender Dysphoria & Paraphilic                                                         Disorders

                                    Other readings TBA


11/18, 11/20    Personality Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5:  Personality Disorders

                                    Castonguay & Oltmanns:  Chapter 9


11/25               No class – Thanksgiving Holiday


12/2, 12/4        Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders


            Readings:        DSM-5: Substance Related and Addictive Disorders

                                    Castonguay & Oltmanns: Chapter 8



12/9                 Comprehensive Final Exam at 1:00 – 3:00              


Attendance Policy:  Graduate students are expected to make every effort to attend classes, and to be on time. Failure to do so reflects poorly on your commitment and professionalism. As such, three absences will be allowed in this course; further absences will result in a letter grade drop, on your final grade, for every two further absences. Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class; failure to be in class in time to sign the roll sheet will be considered an absence.


Make-up Policy: Missed exams may be made up without penalty if the absence is excused, and if you call in before the exam begins. You should be prepared to take the make-up exam the day you return to class.


Note: Individuals requiring special accommodation may contact me after class or during office hours.


Dr. Paul C. Guthrie (view Profile)

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